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Printed on 8/11/2020

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
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. 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
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. 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.

Expected Competencies


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