Printed on 8/3/2021

Gerontology

20-520-2 Certificate (C) 7 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Online

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

Whether you are pursuing a professional career involving care for the elderly or are a family caregiver or volunteer, this certificate program will give you the knowledge and skills needed to be able, compassionate and resourceful. You’ll learn about the physical and psychosocial aspects of aging, as well as public policy, community resources, and safety concerns. This certificate program will prepare you to serve the growing elderly population.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Health and Aging
    10-544-160
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10544160
    • Credits: 1.00

    Provides an overview of wellness, exercise, sexuality, spirituality and nutrition as they relate to health and aging.

  • Physical Aspects of Aging
    10-544-161
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10544161
    • Credits: 1.00

    Focuses on understanding the physical aspects of the aging process that are associated with elderly populations. Topics include hearing loss, visual impairments, mobility issues and specific diseases such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, arthritis and diabetes.

  • Psychosocial Issues and Aging
    10-544-162
    2Credit
    36
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 36
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10544162
    • Credits: 2.00

    Examines the factors and relationships that affect the older adult. Participants explore a variety of topics such as Alzheimer's, depression and dealing with losses. It also covers elder abuse and drug and alcohol concerns.

  • Public Policy and Aging
    10-544-163
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10544163
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces such concepts as elder law, advanced directives and funding sources including Medicare and Social Security. Students review federal, state and professional rights and responsibilities associated with working with an elderly population.

  • Community Resources for the Elderly
    10-544-164
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10544164
    • Credits: 1.00

    Explores available community options and partnerships that serve the aging population. Access to transportation, housing, work and leisure activities is included.

  • Prevention/Safety Concerns for the Elderly
    10-544-165
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10544165
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces environmental concerns such as protection from fire, prevention of falls, and medical concerns such as medication management and care provider issues. This is designed for people who are addressing the safety concerns of older adults.

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Expected Competencies


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