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Gerontology (GERON)

Gerontology

Career Options & Highlights

The gerontology program prepares students to assist seniors in managing their health, psychological, and social needs unique to the elderly population via a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The need for specialization in gerontology is clearly shown in population trends and documented in literature citing the lack of adequately prepared geriatric caregivers. The focus is on preparation for associate-level positions with private industry, government, and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults. All courses transfer to California State Universities. Students planning to continue specialization in gerontology by transferring to a four-year college should consult the Preparing for Transfer section of this catalog. If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in gerontology or social work with an emphasis in Gerontology, it is critical that you meet with a counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Transfer institutions vary widely in the courses required for undergraduate preparation. The courses required by FLC for an associate degree may be different from the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

Career Options
Home Caregiver
Care/Case Aide
Registry Coordinator
Volunteer Services
Elder Care Provider
Program Aide or Assistant
Geriatric Aide, Home Care Specialist
Home Health Aide
Intergenerational Care Provider

Highlights

  • Knowledge and skills related to working with older populations. Individual and group counseling practice.
  • Interviews with potential employers.
  • Employment training, including resumes, interview practice, and internship experience.

Updated 6/15/17

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