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Catalog and Student Handbook 2021 - 2022

Gerontology Certificate

Overview

The certificate in gerontology is a nine-credit course sequence that provides students with foundational concepts in aging and adult development and identify the many career opportunities in the field of gerontology. This contemporary curriculum begins by exploring healthy aging from bio-psycho-social perspectives and highlights the social determinant of health that affect an individual aging pathway. Students gain individual insight on their own aging and a vision of professional competencies needed to work with older adults. Exploring health disparities is critical to understanding risk factors that impact aging. Health equity goals will be introduced early in the program and explored in depth in the second course of the sequence. The final course addresses the continuum of care that older adults navigate, from community dwelling to end of life care decisions. Special emphasis will be placed in the final course on funding sources available to older adults, as they encounter the continuum of care and the health care professional’s roles and responsibilities.

 

Course Sequences and Prerequisites

 

Course Sequence:

 
GER 1010Introduction to Aging and Gerontology

3

GER 1020Health Disparities and Aging

3

GER 1030Models of Healthcare

3

 

Prerequisites:

GER 1010 must be completed prior to GER 1020. GER 1020 must be completed prior to GER 1030.

Program of Study

While the college makes every effort to avoid schedule changes, the college may cancel courses or alter course schedules without prior notification. 

Professional Courses

GER 1010Introduction to Aging and Gerontology

3

GER 1020Health Disparities and Aging

3

GER 1030Models of Healthcare

3

Total Credits: 9

Students are awarded the certificate after meeting the criteria below: 

  • Successful completion of the certificate program as prescribed by the college
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • A minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course within the Gerontology program
  • Completion of all Gerontology program requirements within one year of enrollment at the college