Gerontology

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Gerontology: Business

This degree provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging along with introductory business courses emphasizing the impact of an aging population on business. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing goods and services to senior adults and/or preparation for further gerontology/business study at a four-year college or university.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Gerontology Core Requirements:
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Business Concentration Requirements:
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
ACCT 301 Financial Accounting (4)
   or ACCT 101 Fundamentals of College Accounting (3)
BUS 110 Business Economics (3)
   or BUS 105 Business Mathematics (3)
ECON 320 Concepts in Personal Finance (3)
   or BUS 320 Concepts in Personal Finance (3)
BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace (3)
BUS 340 Business Law (3)
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
MGMT 362 Techniques of Management (3)
   or MGMT 300 Introduction to Leadership in Action (3)
MGMT 304 Principles of Management (3)
Total Units: 36

The Gerontology: Business Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological, and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize approporiate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life business situations

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing goods and services to senior adults


A.A. in Gerontology: Case Management/Social Services

This degree provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory human services and psychology courses emphasizing the diverse needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing case management and/or social services to senior adults and/or preparation for further gerontology/case management/social services study at a four-year college or university.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Gerontology Core Requirements:
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Case Management/Social Services Concentration Requirements:
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
GERON 310 Social Service Designee: Role and Responsibility (2.5)
GERON 312 Social Services Designee: Fieldwork (1)
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services (3)
GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   or HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
   or HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
PSYC 390 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)
Total Units: 36

The Gerontology: Case Management/Social Services Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life case management and social services situations

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing case management and/or social services to senior adults


A.A. in Gerontology: Environmental Design

This degree provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory art and interior design courses emphasizing the environmental needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing design services to senior adults and/or preparation for further gerontology/design study at a four-year college or university.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Gerontology Core Requirements:
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Environmental Design Concentration Requirements:
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 91
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)
Total Units: 36

1Prerequisite is required for IDES 334

The Gerontology: Environmental Design Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology and environmental design to real-life situations in working in environmental design situations

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing design services to senior adults


A.A. in Gerontology: Health Care

This degree provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory course work emphasizing the health needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults and/or preparation for further gerontology/health care study at a four-year college or university.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Gerontology Core Requirements:
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Health Care Concentration Requirements:
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 91
AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers (3)
BIOL 102 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
NURSE 100 Nurse Assistant (7)
NURSE 101 Home Health Aide (2)
PSYC 390 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)
SLPA 300 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)
Total Units: 36

1Prerequisite required for NURSE 101.

The Gerontology: Health Care Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life health care situations

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults


A.A. in Gerontology: Recreation

This degree provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory recreation and physical education courses emphasizing the recreational needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing recreational services to senior adults and/or preparation for further gerontology/recreation study at a four-year college or university.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Gerontology Core Requirements:
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Recreation Concentration Requirements:
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
GERON 430 Activity Leader (6.5)
KINES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)
KINES 405 Effects of Exercise on Special Populations (2)
KINES 408 Administration of Fitness Programs (2)
Total Units: 36

The Gerontology: Recreation Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life recreation situations

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing recreational services to senior adults


A.A. in Gerontology: Social Policy/Advocacy

This degree provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory human services, speech, management, and political science courses emphasizing the social policy and advocacy needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing input to social policy and advocacy for senior adults and/or preparation for further gerontology/social policy/advocacy study at a four-year college or university.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
Gerontology Core Requirements:
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Subtotal Units: 27
Advocacy Concentration
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   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)
Advocacy Concentration Units: 9
Total Units: 36
Social Policy Concentration
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   or HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
   or HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States (3)
SPEECH 301 Public Speaking (3)
Social Policy Concentration Units: 9
Total Units: 36

The Gerontology: Social Policy/Advocacy Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life social policy/advocacy situations

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing input to social policy and advocacy for senior adults

Certificates of Achievement

Gerontology: Business Certificate

This certificate provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory business courses emphasizing the impact of an aging population on business. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing goods and services to senior adults.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
ACCT 301 Financial Accounting (4)
   or ACCT 101 Fundamentals of College Accounting (3)
BUS 110 Business Economics (3)
   or BUS 105 Business Mathematics (3)
ECON 320 Concepts in Personal Finance (3)
   or BUS 320 Concepts in Personal Finance (3)
BUS 330 Managing Diversity in the Workplace (3)
BUS 340 Business Law (3)
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
MGMT 362 Techniques of Management (3)
   or MGMT 300 Introduction to Leadership in Action (3)
MGMT 304 Principles of Management (3)
Total Units: 36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life business situations

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Gerontology: Business Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing goods and services to senior adults


Gerontology: Case Management/Social Services Certificate

This certificate provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory human services and psychology courses emphasizing the diverse needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing case management and/or social services to senior adults.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
GERON 310 Social Service Designee: Role and Responsibility (2.5)
GERON 312 Social Services Designee: Fieldwork (1)
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services (3)
GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   or HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
   or HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
PSYC 390 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)
Total Units: 36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life case management and social services situations

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Gerontology: Case Management/Social Services Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing case management and/or social services to senior adults


Gerontology: Environmental Design Certificate

This certificate provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory art and interior design courses emphasizing the environmental needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing design services to senior adults.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 91
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)
Total Units: 36

1Prerequisite required for IDES 334

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology and environmental design to real-life design situations

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Gerontology: Environmental Design Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing environmental design services to senior adults


Gerontology: Health Care Certificate

This certificate provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory course work emphasizing the health needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 91
AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers (3)
BIOL 102 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
NURSE 100 Nurse Assistant (7)
NURSE 101 Home Health Aide (2)
PSYC 390 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)
SLPA 300 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)
Total Units: 36

1Prerequisite required for NURSE 101

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life health care situations

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Gerontology: Health Care Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults


Gerontology: Recreation Certificate

This certificate provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory recreation and physical education courses emphasizing the recreational needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing recreational services to senior adults.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
GERON 430 Activity Leader (6.5)
KINES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)
KINES 405 Effects of Exercise on Special Populations (2)
KINES 408 Administration of Fitness Programs (2)
Total Units: 36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life recreation situations

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Gerontology: Recreation Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing recreational services to senior adults


Gerontology: Social Policy/Advocacy Certificate

This certificate provides a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging, along with introductory human services, speech, management, and political science courses emphasizing the social policy and advocacy needs of an aging population. It focuses on preparation for entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing input to social policy and advocacy for senior adults.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 330 Communicating with and Validating Older Adults 3
GERON 334 Reminiscence Therapy (3) 3
   or PSYC 379 Reminiscence Therapy (3)
GERON 335 Wellness for Older Adults 3
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
GERON 362 Biology of Aging 0.5
GERON 366 Coping with Death and Related Bereavement 0.5
GERON 368 Mental Health and Aging 0.5
GERON 490 Aging Policy and Practice 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Subtotal Units: 27
Advocacy Concentration
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   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)
Advocacy Concentration Units: 9
Total Units: 36
Social Policy Concentration
Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
   or HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
   or HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States (3)
SPEECH 301 Public Speaking (3)
Social Policy Concentration Units: 9
Total Units: 36

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess social and cultural attitudes on aging and how they impact social policy regarding the senior population
  • evaluate the biological, psychological and social aging changes in terms of optimal aging and the impact of lifestyle choices
  • analyze legal and ethical issues relating to aging and end-of-life decisions
  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when interacting with seniors at different cognitive levels
  • evaluate cognitive levels of seniors and utilize appropriate interactional activities and techniques for communication
  • examine the physiological effects of chemical dependency and substance abuse on the elderly population
  • evaluate care for the dying in different environments
  • assess common mental health issues of aging and evaluate interventions and resources
  • survey services for seniors available within a community and define eligibility requirements
  • apply knowledge of gerontology to real-life social policy and advocacy situations

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Gerontology: Social Policy/Advocacy Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Entry-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing input to social policy and advocacy for senior adults

Certificates

Activity Leader Certificate

This certificate provides a comprehensive overview of the role and duties of an activity leader in a long-term care facility. It meets State of California, Title 22 (Department of Social Service) requirements for activity leader certification.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 430 Activity Leader 6.5
Total Units: 6.5

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • articulate the role and responsibilities of the activity leader in a long-term care facility
  • demonstrate effective communication skills in interviewing long-term care residents
  • analyze normal and disease process changes in hearing and speech and develop strategies for effective communication
  • generate required documentation to comply with State and Federal regulations
  • create activities which meet physical and emotional needs of residents in long-term care
  • assess effects of institutionalization and possible impact on mental health and family relationships
  • identify types of dementia and appropriate communication and behavior management strategies
  • demonstrate effective problem solving, motivation, and communication skills involved in leadership of an activity program
  • compare and contrast community services available and their relevancy to an activity program
  • develop appropriate activities and monthly activity calendar to meet the needs of individual residents in long-term care

Career Information

Activity leader in long-term care, assisted living, and retirement facilities.


Dementia Care Certificate

This certificate provides a comprehensive overview of dementias, behavior management, and communication. It expands the knowledge of students to enter the workforce where they will be dealing with seniors diagnosed with a form of dementia.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 204 Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias 0.5
GERON 205 Validation: Theory and Practice 0.5
GERON 206 Dementia: Behavior Management 0.5
GERON 271 Dementia: Behaviors and Activity 0.5
Total Units: 2

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • differentiate between reversible and irreversible dementias
  • develop strategies for care for those with dementia
  • create a safe environment for those with dementia
  • evaluate a specific problem to decide if the problem is the patient's or the caregiver's
  • assess specific dementia behavior problems and select appropriate responses
  • demonstrate appropriate responses to dementia behaviors
  • analyze various types of dementia and their characteristics
  • identify communication strategies for enhanced understanding by the dementia patient
  • identify principles of behavior management
  • define caregiver issues
  • assess elements of communication that relate to Validation theory
  • analyze the theory behind Validation and describe the benefits of using Validation techniques
  • demonstrate Validation techniques
  • analyze dementia stages and select appropriate Validation techniques

Career Information

Direct care of dementia patients. Supervision and inservice for dementia patients' caregivers


Elder Care Certificate

This Certificate provides a comprehensive overview of the caregiving experience. It expands the knowledge of students to enter the workforce where they will be dealing with seniors and their caregivers.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 205 Validation: Theory and Practice 0.5
GERON 207 Elder Abuse 0.5
GERON 208 Stress Management: New Approaches 0.5
GERON 209 Strategies for Caregivers: Effectively Caring for the Elderly in the Community 0.5
Total Units: 2

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • design caregiving strategies based on the elders' needs and available resources
  • explain the concept of "Caring for the Caregiver"
  • describe effective procedures for caring for elderly people with memory impairments
  • analyze role reversal and sources of guilt within families
  • define what constitutes elder abuse, including different types of abuse
  • assess causes of elder abuse
  • evaluate prevention approaches and resources to intervene before abuse occurs
  • identify elder abuse reporting steps and forms
  • evaluate the different causes of stress in caregiving situations
  • analyze aspects of belief systems which enhance stress in caregiving
  • apply new talking and listening skills for reducing stress in self and others
  • assess elements of communication that relate to Validation theory
  • analyze theory of Validation
  • demonstrate Validation techniques
  • analyze dementia stages and select appropriate Validation techniques

Career Information

Direct care or seniors. Supervision and inservice for caregivers


Ethnicity and Aging Certificate

This Certificate provides a comprehensive overview of how ethnicity affects the aging experience. It expands the knowledge of students to enter the workforce where they will be dealing with seniors from different cultures and ethnic groups.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 210 Aging Experience in Asian Families 0.5
GERON 211 Aging Experience in Hispanic Families 0.5
GERON 212 Aging Experience in African-American Families 0.5
GERON 360 Ethnic Diversity and Aging 0.5
Total Units: 2

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • synthesize and discuss the importance of cultural sensitivity as it relates to working with older people
  • evaluate and discuss differences among ethnic groups in life expectancy, mortality, mobility, family dynamics, work/retirements, mental health, views on death, and use of senior services
  • define and discuss ways of overcoming barriers to understanding and using senior services
  • evaluate the impact of culture and society on the aging process
  • compare and contrast values and beliefs of Asian, Hispanic, African-American cultures and the dominant Western culture
  • develop strategies for assessing and assisting aging Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans and their families
  • describe historical events or institutions that have influenced African-American elderly
  • describe the economic, educational, and social groups found among the African-Amerian elderly
  • discuss the health conditions found most frequently among the Asian, Hispanic, and African-American elderly

Career Information

Direct care of seniors from diverse backgrounds. Supervision and inservice for caregivers.


Leadership in Assisted Living Communities Certificate

This certificate provides a comprehensive overview of leadership, communication, and professionalism and ethics required for effective leadership and supervision in assisted living communities.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 201 Leadership and Team Building in Long-term Care Facilities 0.5
GERON 202 Professionalism and Ethics in Long-term Care 0.5
GERON 203 Communication for Supervision in Long-term Care 0.5
Total Units: 1.5

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze three categories of leadership
  • compare and apply four facets of problem solving in regards to long-term care facilities
  • analyze the essential elements in team building and being a part of the team in long-term care facilities
  • identify and exhibit effective communication techniques
  • demonstrate effective motivational practices
  • differentiate between ethics and morals as related to working with seniors
  • evaluate professional conduct in long-term care facilities
  • demonstrate listening skills when working with the elderly
  • describe the parameters of confidentiality
  • describe professional boundaries
  • analyze patterns of communication
  • demonstrate validation of feelings and viewpoints
  • evaluate adaptive behaviors in long-term care settings
  • compare different types of staff support systems

Career Information

Administrative positions in long-term care communities, such as staff coordinator, marketing specialist, resident coordinator, facility administrator.


Senior Fitness Certificate

This program prepares students for employment as a fitness leader for seniors and equips them with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to begin a career in the growing field of fitness for older adults.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
FITNS 351 Exercise, Balance and Mobility 1
GERON 205 Validation: Theory and Practice 0.5
GERON 230 Motivating Older Adults to Stay Active 0.5
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
GERON 378 Body Mechanics and Safety 0.5
GERON 380 Nutrition and Aging 0.5
HEED 310 Community CPR and Adult AED 1
KINES 403 Fitness and Exercise Assessment 2
KINES 405 Effects of Exercise on Special Populations 2
KINES 406 Techniques of Strength Training Instruction 2
KINES 407 Techniques of Group Fitness Instruction 2
A minimum of 1 unit from the following: 11
WEXP 498 Work Experience in (Subject) (1 - 4)
Total Units: 16

1One unit of work experience is required in one of the following environments: recreation center, senior center, senior community, assisted living facility, or another site for seniors.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • recommend beneficial exercises for seniors and individuals with disabilities or medical conditions.
  • behave responsibly at work, exhibiting initiative and self-management in situations where it is needed.
  • create an individualized fitness plan to promote functional independence throughout the remainder of life.
  • analyze how nutrition plays a part in overall health and aging.
  • compare and contrast different self and group motivational techniques for staying active.
  • identify and respond to life-threatening conditions (including breathing emergencies, cardiac emergencies, and severe bleeding).
  • evaluate physical activities relative to risk factors.
  • design and lead a group exercise activity, and provide modifications and variations to exercises when necessary.
  • identify basic principles of body mechanics and posture.
  • design an individualized exercise prescription program that includes muscular strength and muscular endurance development.
  • explain the normal aging changes and analyze how lifestyle choices influence the aging process.
  • demonstrate Validation techniques.

Career Information

The senior fitness certificate program is ideal for anyone desiring an entry-level position as a fitness leader for seniors in a recreation center, senior center, senior community, assisted living facility, or another site for seniors.


Social Service Designee Certificate

The Social Services Designee certificate provides a comprehensive overview of the role and duties of a social services designee in a long-term care facility.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 310 Social Service Designee: Role and Responsibility 2.5
GERON 311 Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions 1
GERON 312 Social Services Designee: Fieldwork 1
Total Units: 4.5

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Articulate the role and responsibilities of the social services designee in a long-term care facility
  • Analyze normal age changes and their impact on residents
  • Incorporate resident rights and responsibilities into daily practice
  • Apply Omnibus Budget Reconcilliation Act (OBRA)/Title 22 (State of California Department of Social Services) regulations to work environment
  • Evaluate legal and ethical issues relating to powers of attorney, long-term care financing, and end-of-life decisions
  • Evaluate long-term care facility environments
  • Interview and assess long-term care residents to assure needs are being met

Career Information

Social Services Designee in long-term care, assisted living, and retirement facilities