Direct Support Professional

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Program Description

The Direct Support Professional program prepares students for entry-level employment as Direct Support Professionals. Students are trained to work with individuals with mental illness, and/or individuals with developmental disabilities. Direct Support Professionals assist individuals in attaining independence, individuality, and productivity.

Upon successful completion of the program, Direct Support Professional students will receive a certificate of program completion as well as certifications in Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP), Approved Medication Administration Personnel (AMAP), Adult and Pediatric CPR, First Aid and AED.

Career Outlook

Employment of Direct Support Professionals/Personal Care Aides is expected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average for all occupations. About 599,800 openings for home health aides and Direct Support Professionals/Personal Care Aides are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Program Requirements

Minimum 18 years old; TABE scores in reading: 7.0 and in math: 5.0; High School Diploma or HSE; ability to pass a physical exam and background check; no felony convictions; Driver’s License or permit, and driving abstract from DMV

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