The Gerontology – Aging Studies and Services Vocational Program at MSJC prepares students to promote and contribute to the wellness of an aging population. After completion, graduates are prepared for employment in a variety of aging-related careers. The program is designed using an interdisciplinary perspective on aging and older adults. Students are trained in the best practices of gerontological education, research, and practice. The program prepares graduates to meet the needs of an aging world while improving the lives of older adults. Students will gain skills to promote positive aging and help older adults optimally age.
The projected graduate of the program is 40 students to complete an associate degree. There will be 60 students in the program at one time with first year and second year students combined
1. Understand advanced interdisciplinary evidence-based knowledge, skills, values, and current trends as a basis for competent gerontological practice.
2. Demonstrate highly developed critical thinking when analyzing diverse and complex aging issues and outcomes for elders, families, and society from an interdisciplinary perspective that is grounded in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
3. Synthesize and apply a variety of learned interdisciplinary theories and research in gerontological settings.
4. Exhibit social and cultural awareness, sensitivity, respect, and support of multiple perspectives when interacting with others.
5. Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, and ethical and professional behavior in all settings.
6. Exhibit effective use of basic communication (written, oral and interpersonal) skills and information technology needed in a global information society.
At the completion of an AS degree in Gerontology at MSJC, students will be able to:
The MSJC Gerontology-Aging Studies Program does not require pre-requisite courses for admission.
Gerontology Certificate - 6 Units
· Introduction into Social Gerontology: Aging in Contemporary Society (3)
· Diversity & Ethics (3) (area F)
Gerontology Core – 18 Units– 100 and 200 level (area B2) – inclusive in Gen Ed
· Introduction into Social Gerontology: Aging in Contemporary Society (3) (area E)
· Diversity & Ethics (3) (area F)
· End-of-Life Issues (3)
· Aging Policy and Practice (3)
Caregiving Employment Concentration Certificate – 6Units (Job Title: Caregiver/Care Aide) – 100 and 200 level
· Fundamentals of Caring for Older Adults (3)
· Resources and Services for Older Adults (3)
Memory Care Certificate of Achievement – 6 Units – (Job Title: Dementia Specialist) -100 and 200 level
· Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias (3)
· Mental Health and the Older Adult(3)
Health and Aging Technology Certificate of Achievement Job Title: Health/Age Tech Specialist)– 6 Units - 100 and 200 level
· Introduction to Gerontechnology (3)
· Healthcare Technology (3)
Fieldwork– 3 units
· Gerontology Fieldwork Experience (3) – Internship – level 500
General Elective Course Options – 24 Units (select 8 courses)
Suggested courses – there are additional courses students can take -consult academic advisors
HS-121 Fundamentals of Healthful Living (3)
HS-120 Introduction to Public Health (3)
ENGL-101 College Composition (4)
COMM-100 Public Speaking (3)
NUTR-100 Family Nutrition (3)
COMM-117 Organizational Communication (3)
PE-195 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)
CCNA 1 Computer Networks (3)
CSIS-160 Information Security Systems (3)
CUL-710 Entrepreneurship and Hospitality Management (2)
AH-105 Medical Terminology (3)
CORR-101 Introduction to Correctional Science (3)
ETHS-280 Multiethnic Literature (3)
PE-115 First Aid and CPR (3)
PE-120 Beginning Yoga(3)
(Y1 or S1)
|GERO 101||Introduction into Social Gerontology: Aging in|
|GERO 102||Diversity & Ethics ||3|
|GERO 108||End-of-Life Issues||3|
|GERO 109||Aging Policy and Practice||3|
Diann Thursby · 03/14/22
Received regional recommendation at 3-14-2022 IEDRC Deans Meeting