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Gerontology Degree Program: Gerontology
Associate in Applied Science

Meet the Faculty

Department Chair:
Cathleen Ferrick

Phone:  207.216.4379

Cathleen has over twenty years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of different settings such as child protection, adoption, court investigation, and crisis intervention. More...

Department Chair Introduction

How Long?

4 Full-Time Semesters 
61 Credit Hours

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.


The sequencing of courses in this program begins in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring or summer will likely take longer than two years to complete the program.

The Associate in Applied Science in Gerontology prepares students to develop careers in aging, or further trains those already employed or active in gerontology or related fields. Core courses provide an interdisciplinary background in the aging process and end-of-life issues. Program electives are designed to offer students the flexibility to focus on health, business, social services, policy or other topics related to older adults and the aging process. Graduates of this program will have the skills and knowledge needed to work in a variety of growing services related to gerontology and end-of-life care as well as a strong base of general education courses to build upon for students wishing to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.


The Associate Degree Program in Gerontology will prepare students for careers working with senior populations in direct care positions, such as personal care aids, elderly companions, and recreation planners and facilitators, wellness coaches and volunteer organizers. Career opportunities include employment in nonprofit senior centers, retirement communities in service or entry-level administrative positions, nursing homes, assisted living communities, physical therapy clinics, home health care settings or with senior volunteer groups. The program has also been designed to allow graduates a pathway to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in gerontology, or sociology, psychology, health care, or recreational therapy, with an emphasis in gerontology.

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Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Describe a lifespan perspective of development and aging in social and historical contexts.
  2. Identify and explain research methodologies used in the study of aging.
  3. Apply psychological science and theories to understand how individuals adapt, change and respond to the process.
  4. Apply biological science and theories of aging to understand normal aging and disease processes associated with aging.
  5. Relate social theories and science of aging to understand the diversity of older populations.
  6. Identify the skills, practices and adaptations of individuals who age optimally.
  7. Apply ethical standards and professional practices in work with older persons.
  8. Evaluate the use of appropriate forms of evidence-based interventions and technologies for older adults, their families and caregivers.
  9. Use clear and effective communication with older adults, professional peers and the community.

Program Sheet

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Getting Started

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