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GERONTOLOGY DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

 

Degrees | Vocational Certificates Department Certificates  | Core Requirements

 

Note: The content on this page reflects the most current course information, and may be different than what is printed in the latest ARC college catalog.

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

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

 

There are 6 Gerontology concentrations offered:

1. BUSINESS
2. CASE MANAGEMENT / SOCIAL SERVICES
3. ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
4. HEALTH CARE
5. RECREATION
6. SOCIAL POLICY / ADVOCACY

 

To receive a Gerontology Certificate (in the chosen concentration) you must complete the required core requirements below, plus the 9 units in the selected option.

 

There are 6 Gerontology Certificates offered:

1. BUSINESS
2. CASE MANAGEMENT / SOCIAL SERVICES
3. ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
4. HEALTH CARE
5. RECREATION
6. SOCIAL POLICY / 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 4 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)

 

A number of courses have been approved for continuing education for RNs, LVNs, CNAs, RCFE Administrators, LMFTs, LCSWs and Nursing Home Administrators. These courses are indicated by an asterisk (*) on the list of Core Requirements below.

 

In addition, short-term courses are offered specifically for continuing education which do not carry academic credit. Please check your schedule of classes for a particular semester.

 

 
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)

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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

Gainful employment information - Certificate

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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)

Gainful employment information - Certificate 

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SOCIAL POLICY / ADVOCACY CONCENTRATION: 39 UNITS

SOCIAL POLICY CONCENTRATION

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 CONCENTRATION

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)

Gainful employment information - Certificate

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VOCATIONAL CERTIFICATES

ACTIVITY LEADER CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 6.5 Units

GERON 430 Activity Leader (6.5)

Gainful employment information

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RCFE ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATE

Requirements for Certificate: 2.5 units

GERON 220:

1. Understanding Licensed Residential Care (.5)
2. Selecting, hiring and managing staff; screening and selecting residents (.5)
3. Screening and selecting residents; end of life care; depression in the elderly (.5)
4. Normal Aging, common medical conditions, medications, incidental medical and dental care, exercise, nutrition, food safety (.5)
5. Dementia Care (.5)

 

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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)

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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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