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