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The following Gerontology courses are offered:

GERON 300     Sociology of Aging    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D0; CSU Area E1
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This introductory course examines the aged and the aging process, with emphasis on social factors affecting and affected by an aging population. It includes an analysis of demography and history of aging in America; individual aging and adaption; needs, resources, and social support systems; employment and retirement; and social class/cultural differences. Multi-generational interviews will be used to supplement a service learning project which requires face-to-face service at a community agency with approval between the instructor and agency.  

GERON 331     Interviewing, Counseling the Elderly    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 3 hours LEC  
This course provides techniques of counseling the elderly with emphasis on rehabilitation using validation, communication, and motivation techniques, sensitivity training and the life review process. Individual and group processes as related to the elderly are utilized. Course requires off-campus agency activities.  The course is an integral part of the Gerontology program. 

GERON 333     Techniques of Individual and Group Counseling of the Elderly    4 Units
Prerequisite: GERON 331 with a grade of “C” or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
Exploration of the effectiveness of counseling techniques of the elderly within an institution setting. Non-traditional techniques of counseling and support are investigated.  Student involvement with the elderly under supervision is a major function of the course.  This course is an integral part of the Gerontology program. 

GERON 495     Independent Studies in Gerontology    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

GERON 498     Work Experience in Gerontology    1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to gerontology. Students are advised to consult with the Gerontology Department faculty to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours:  300 hours LAB 
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of gerontology. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student’s progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to attend a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. The weekly orientation is required for first time participants, returning participants are not required to attend the orientation but are required to meet with the instructor as needed to complete all program forms and assignments. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. 

GERON 499     Experimental Offering in Gerontology    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

Updated 6/12/14

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