Gerontology

Folsom Lake College Gerontology

Folsom Lake College's 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 the California State University (CSU) system.

If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in gerontology or social work, 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.

Career Options

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

Highlights

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