2019-2020 Spring Edition 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2019-2020 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontology Interdisciplinary Certificate of Achievement

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The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Certificate focuses on the study of aging, the aging process, and working with older adults in a variety of capacities. Sociological, psychological, and biological aspects of aging are explored. This certificate aims to educate individuals about the field of aging, while also allowing them to complete coursework in other associated areas of interest. The goal of the certificate is to primarily equip students who are working toward completing (or have completed) related certificates, degrees, or programs, and/or work in the aging profession with foundational knowledge in gerontology. The interdisciplinary certificate allows students to choose elective courses that match pathways that fit within their current area of study. Career opportunities may include: business, marketing, environmental design, nutrition, nursing, medical assisting, health, wellness, recreation, fitness, food services/preparation, human services, senior communities, home health care, caregiving, horticulture, and travel/tourism. 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 sociological, psychological, and biological concepts associated with the study of aging.
  • Apply theoretical perspectives to analyze current and historical topics associated with the study of aging.
  • Describe the physical, social, familial, and community support networks for diverse aging individuals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in one of the suggested pathways of study within the interdisciplinary certificate program.

Required Core (3 Units)

Required Core (6 Units), Choose Two of the following:

TOTAL Units for the Certificate: 12-13

Restricted Electives – Choose a minimum of 3-4 units based on the student’s pathway:

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