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The following Geology degrees are offered:

DEGREE
AA - SocialWork/Human Services, Gerontology

REQUIRED PROGRAM Units
GERON 300    Sociology of Aging (3)
SWHS 300    Introduction to Human Services (3)
SWHS 302    Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
SWHS 331    Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
    or PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology (3) 3 
SWHS 350    Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
SWHS 360    Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
SWHS 365    Techniques of Group Counseling (3)
SWHS 366    Practices in Human Services (3)
SWHS 367    Advanced Practices in Human Services (3)
PSYC 300    General Principles (3)
SOC 310    Marriage and the Family (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 33

Suggested Electives: CISA 320, 321; ENGWR 300; HEED 300; STAT 300.

This AA degree may be obtained by completion of the Required Program, plus General Education Requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total.

The AA degree in Social Work/Human Services, Gerontology will prepare 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 focus of this program is on preparation for associate-level positions with private industry, government and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when communicating with the elderly at different cognitive levels.
  • Evaluate and discuss similarities and differences surrounding diverse aging populations as they relate to life expectancy, mortality, mobility, family, work, retirement, mental health, death, lifestyles, sexuality, and use of services.
  • Discuss the impact of language and other cultural factors that influence drug education, drug use, and treatment options with the elderly.
  • Evaluate common methods of care for the dying including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, care centers, and hospice care.
  • Recognize and identify risk of caregiver stress in cases of Alzheimer's, dementia, and other diagnoses correlated with aging.
  • Identify and evaluate elder abuse causes, preventions strategies, and resources.
  • Identify strategies for meeting the challenges of aging within a socio-cultural framework.
  • Recognize and evaluate demographic, socioeconomic, legal, and physiologic aspects of aging
  • Develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment in the field.
  • Transfer skills, units, and experience to a gerontology major at a four year institution.


CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Social Work/Human Services, Gerontology

REQUIRED PROGRAM Units
GERON 300    Sociology of Aging (3)
PSYC 300    General Principles (3)
SOC 310    Marriage and the Family (3)
SWHS 300    Introduction to Human Services (3)
SWHS 302    Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
SWHS 331    Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
   or PSYC 368    Cross Cultural Psychology (3) (3) 
SWHS 350    Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
SWHS 360    Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
SWHS 365    Techniques of Group Counseling (3)
SWHS 366    Practices in Human Services (3)
SWHS 367    Advanced Practices in Human Services (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 33

The certificate program in Human Services, Gerontology will prepare 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 focus of this program is on preparation for associate-level positions with private industry, government and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when communicating with the elderly at different cognitive levels. 
  • Evaluate and discuss similarities and differences surrounding diverse aging populations as they relate to life expectancy, mortality, mobility, family, work, retirement, mental health, death, lifestyles, sexuality, and use of services. 
  • Discuss the impact of language and other cultural factors that influence drug education, drug use, and treatment options with the elderly. 
  • Evaluate common methods of care for the dying including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice care. 
  • Recognize and identify risk of caregiver stress in cases of Alzheimer's and other dementia. 
  • Identify and evaluate elder abuse causes, preventions strategies, and resources. 
  • Identify strategies for meeting the challenges of aging within a socio-cultural framework. 
  • Recognize and evaluate demographic, socioeconomic, legal, and physiologic aspects of aging. 
  • Develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment. 
  • Transfer skills, units, and experience to a gerontology major at a four year institution.


Updated 4/30/18

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