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Associate in Science Degree Program

Gerontology

Gerontology is the study of physical, psychological and social aspects of the aging process and the application of methods and techniques to enhance the lives of older persons . This program prepares students for employment in aging or agingrelated professions . In addition, there is a commitment to provide students with a general educational experience consisting of skills and knowledge that focus on assisting others, understanding the different dimensions of the aging process, and preparing for the later life cycle.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Social Services: Gerontology Option degree program requirements, graduates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Scientific process and methods used in studying aging process
  2. Key concepts and empirical principles of gerontology
  3. Biological and theoretical models used to understand the aging process
  4. Characteristics of the elderly-myths vs . reality
  5. Experience of growing old in an industrialized society
  6. Relevant issues and programs involving older persons
  7. Impact of economic, socio-cultural and political factors on gerontological policy
  8. Values and ethics that guide gerontologists in practice and policy
  9. Professional codes of ethics
  10. Death, dying and the grieving process
  11. End of life decisions
  12. Multicultural and global views of the aging process
Course of Study¹
First Semester (15 credits)
Credits
Composition
3
Principles of Sociology
3
Intermediate Algebra OR
3
Statistics with Technology
3
Introduction to Software Applications
3
General Psychology I
3
Second Semester (15-16 credits)
Composition and Literature
3
Human Biology OR
4
Basic Biology
3
Introduction to Gerontology
3
Introduction to Human Services OR
3
Human Service Skills and Methods
3
Group Dynamics
3
Third Semester (15 Credits)
Health and Aging
3
Minorities in the U .S .OR
3
Multicultural Issues in Psychology
3
Principles of Macroeconomics OR
3
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Free Elective
3
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Fine arts elective
3
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Language elective Level I
3
Forth Semester (15 Credits)
Physical Therapy Seminar
2
PTA Internship II
5
PTA Internship III
5
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Math Elective
3

The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met

Students wishing to transfer should consult a counselor regarding whether the free elective chosen will transfer to a specific institution

 

 

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