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GERONTOLOGY DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

 

Degrees | Vocational Certificates Department Certificates  | Core Requirements

The ARC Program
The ARC Gerontology program blends classroom instruction and student interaction with older adults in a variety of non-classroom situations. This provides students with the knowledge and experience required for employment in businesses and agencies that provide services for the elderly, and/or preparation for upper-division work in gerontology at a four-year institution. The result may be an associate of arts degree or a certificate in gerontology.

 

Career Opportunities
The demand for individuals trained to work with an aging population is expanding in business, management, marketing, recreation, travel, nutrition, and health care.

 

Course Requirements
The gerontology major provides specialized training for employment in businesses or agencies providing services to the elderly or preparation for upper-division work in gerontology.

 

DEGREES

Gerontology Associate in Arts (AA) Degree (in the chosen concentration) you must complete the required core requirement, plus the 9 units in the selected option, general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. For ARC graduation requirements. 

 

There are 7 Gerontology concentrations offered:

  1. Business
  2. Case Management
  3. Environmental Design
  4. Health Care
  5. Recreation
  6. Social Policy
  7. Advocacy

 

Gerontology Certificate (in the chosen concentration) you must complete the required core requirements below, plus the 9 units in the selected option. The difference between a degree and a certificate is that the certificate does not require students to complete General Education requirements.

 

There are 7 Gerontology Certificates offered:

  1. Business
  2. Case Management
  3. Environmental Design
  4. Health Care
  5. Recreation
  6. Social Policy
  7. Advocacy

 

There are 3 Vocational Certificates offered, with varying units:

  1. Activity Leader (6.5 units)
  2. RCFE Administrator (2.5 units)
  3. Social Service Designee (4.5 units)

There are 5 Department Certificates offered, with varying units:

  1. Dementia Care (1.5 units)
  2. Elder Care (2 units)
  3. Ethnicity & Aging (2 units)
  4. Leadership in Assisted Living Communities (2 units)
  5. Senior Fitness  (16 units)

A number of courses have been approved for continuing education units.

 
GERONTOLOGY CORE REQUIREMENTS

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BUSINESS CONCENTRATION: 39 UNITS

Gerontology Core Requirements: 30 Units (see above)
Plus a minimum of 9 units from the following:

ACCT 101 Fundamentals of College Accounting (3) or
ACCT 301 Financial Accounting (4)
BUS 105 Business Mathematics (3) or
BUS 110 Business Economics (3)
BUS 320 or ECON 320 Concepts in Personal Finance (3)
BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace (3)
BUS 340 Business Law (3)
GERON 304 or HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
MGMT 300 Introduction to Modern Management (3) or
MGMT 362 Techniques of Management (3)
MGMT 304 Introduction to Management Functions (3)

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CASE MANAGEMENT / SOCIAL SERVICES CONCENTRATION: 39 UNITS

Gerontology Core Requirements: 30 Units (see above)
Plus a minimum of 9 units from the following:

GERON 310 Social Service Designee: Role and Responsibility (2.5)
GERON 312 Social Services Designee: Fieldwork (1)
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services (3)
HSER 310 or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
PSYC 390 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)

Gainful employment information - Certificate

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ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN CONCENTRATION: 39 UNITS

Gerontology Core Requirements: 30 Units (see above)
Plus a minimum of 9 units from the following:

ART 320 Design: Fundamentals (3)
IDES 300 Fundamentals of Interior Design (3)
IDES 330 Beginning Interior Design Studio (3)
IDES 334 Interior Environment and Space Planning (3) *
* Prerequisite is required for IDES 334

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HEALTH CARE CONCENTRATION: 39 UNITS

Gerontology Core Requirements: 30 Units (see above)
Plus a minimum of 9 units from the following:

AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers (3)

BIOL 102 Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) or
BIOL 115 Basic Anatomy and Physiology (3)

GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) or
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)

NURSE 100 Nurse Assistant (6)
NURSE 101 Home Health Aide (2) *
PET 312 Theory and Techniques of Adapted Physical Education (3)
PET 313 Laboratory in Adapted Physical Education (1 - 2)
PSYC 390 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)
* Prerequisite is required for NURSE 101

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RECREATION CONCENTRATION: 39 UNITS

Gerontology Core Requirements: 30 Units (see above)
Plus a minimum of 9 units from the following:

GERON 430 Activity Coordinator (6.5)
PET 302 Introduction to Physical Education (3)
PET 312 Theory and Techniques of Adapted Physical Education (3)
PET 405 Special Populations (1)
PET 408 Administration of Fitness Programs (2)

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SOCIAL POLICY: 39 UNITS

Gerontology Core Requirements: 30 Units (see above)
Plus a minimum of 9 units from the following:

GERON 304 or HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States (3)
HSER 330 or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
SPEECH 301 Public Speaking (3)

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ADVOCACY: 39 UNITS

Gerontology Core Requirements: 30 Units (see above)
Plus a minimum of 9 units from the following:

GERON 304 or HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
MGMT 362 Techniques of Management (3)
POLS 304 Introduction to Government: California (3)
SPEECH 301 Public Speaking (3)

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VOCATIONAL CERTIFICATES

ACTIVITY LEADER CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 6.5 Units

GERON 430:

This course covers the role and responsibilities of an Activity Coordinator in long-term care facilities. Topics include interviewing and counseling techniques, hearing and speech changes, social and psychological forces of aging, effective leadership skills, dementia behaviors, etiology of illness, community agencies and resources, needs-based programming, documentation at state and federal levels, and creating an activity program. Students receive a certificate upon completion providing for immediate employment.  Approved by the California Department of Public Health and fulfills the minimum requirement of 36 hours as required by Title 22 Social Security Division 5 Licensing and Certification Chapter 3 Skilled Nursing Facility §72385(b)3. 

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RCFE ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 4.5 units

GERON 220:

This course meets the 80 hour educational requirements necessary to take for state licensure as an administrator of a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE). Topics include philosophy, mission, and operations of a RCFE; regulations, rights and responsibilities of licensees; fingerprinting and criminal record clearances; psychosocial needs of residents; physical plant requirements; resident assessment, retention, and eviction; resident records and services; food service regulations; admission agreement; special diets; medications; abuse reporting; residents' rights; and community resources. Pass/No Pass only. 

Approved by the California Department of Social Services as defined in Section 1569.62 of the California Health and Safety Code. 

 

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SOCIAL SERVICE DESIGNEE CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 4.5 Units

GERON 310 Social Service Designee: Role and Responsibility (2.5)
GERON 311 Social Service Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions (1)
GERON 312 Social Service Designee: Fieldwork (1)

Social Services workers are required by California Code of Regulation Title 22 Division 6 Chapter 8 RCFE.  Completion of course provides training for immediate employment.

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SPECIFIC INTEREST CERTIFICATES

DEMENTIA CARE CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 1.5 units

GERON 204 Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (.5) (Formerly GERON 1053)
GERON 205 Validation: Theory and Practice (.5) (Formerly GERON 1008)
GERON 206 Dementia: Behavior Management (.5) (Formerly GERON 1009)

 

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ELDER CARE CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 2 units

GERON 207 Elder Abuse (.5)
GERON 208 Stress Management: New Approaches (.5)
GERON 209 Strategies for Caregivers (.5)
GERON 205 Validation: Theory and Practice (.5) (Formerly GERON 1008)

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ETHNICITY & AGING CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 2 units

GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging (.5)
GERON 210 Aging Experience in Asian Families (.5)
GERON 211 Aging Experience in Hispanic Families (.5)
GERON 212 Aging Experience in African-American Families (.5)

 

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LEADERSHIP IN ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 1.5 units

GERON 201 Leadership and Team Building in Assisted Living Communities (.5)                                                                                                                  GERON 202 Professionalism and Ethics in Assisted Living Communities (.5)
GERON 203 Communication for Supervision in Assisted Living Communities (.5)

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SENIOR FITNESS CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate 16 units

FITNS 351    Exercise, Balance and Mobility (1.0)GERON 205  Validation Theory and Practice (.5)GERON 230  Motivating Older Adults to Stay Active (.5)GERON 302  Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3.0)GERON 378  Body Mechanics and .afety (.5)GERON 380  Nutrition and Aging  (.5)HEEDS 310   Community CPR and Adult AED  (1.0)KINES 403    Fitness and Exercise Assessment (2.0)KINES 405   Special Populations (2.0)KINES 406   Techniques of Strength Training Instruction (2.0)KINES 407  Techniques of Group Fitness Instruction (2.0) A minimum of 1 unit from WEXP 498 Work Experience

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