2019-2020 Spring Edition 
    Dec 11, 2023  
2019-2020 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontology Certificate of Achievement

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The Gerontology Certificate Program is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging, the aging process, and working with older adults. Biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of aging are explored. The program aims to educate individuals seeking a career in Gerontology, pursuing advancement in their careers, and who desire to expand their knowledge for personal growth. The certificate program allows students to choose elective courses and provides suggested pathways and career objectives. Employment opportunities may include: business, marketing, environmental design, nutrition, health, recreation, fitness, food services/preparation, social/human services, senior communities, home health care, caregiving, and travel. Additional certification, degrees, and/or training may be required for the fields listed depending on the employer and occupation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Explain the key concepts associated with the study of aging and gerontology.
  • Apply theoretical perspectives to analyze current and historical topics associated with the study of aging and gerontology.
  • Describe the physical, social, familial, and community support networks for aging individuals.
  • Explain end-of-life issues and decisions, as well as the topics of bereavement, grief, and mourning.
  • Identify and evaluate community support services, agencies, and careers focused on the aging community.
  • Demonstrate skills in one of the suggested pathways of study within the certificate program.

Core/Required Courses

Total Units for the Certificate: 21-22

Restricted Electives

Pathways are suggested areas of focus, but completion of any of the courses on the restricted electives list can be used to complete the elective unit requirement.

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