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Gerontology

Associate Degree

A.S. in Gerontology

The Gerontology program at Sacramento City College will provide students with an overview of the biological, physiological, psychological, and sociological factors involved in aging. Students will be able to apply this knowledge within a variety of careers to better serve and care for our aging population.

Students who are planning to continue their study in gerontology by transferring to a four-year college should consult the "Requirements for Transfer Institutions" section of this catalog. Consultation with a Sacramento City College counselor is also advised.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 301 The Biology and Physiology of Aging 3
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
   or FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
   or PSYC 370 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 480 Nutrition Honors (3)
PSYC 390 Psychology of Death and Dying 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Total Units: 18

The Gerontology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

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, prevention strategies, and resources.
  • identify strategies for meeting the challenges of aging within a sociocultural framework.
  • recognize and evaluate demographic, socioeconomic, legal, and physiologic aspects of aging.
  • develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment.

Career Information

As our population ages, almost every industry is serving the growing population of older adults. Research has demonstrated that, regardless of career path, having training in gerontology is beneficial for those seeking employment. Some possible career opportunities may include but are not limited to: elder care, program aide or assistant, geriatric aide, home care specialist, home health aide, inter-generational care provider, and professional caregiver.

Certificate of Achievement

Gerontology Certificate

The Gerontology Program will prepare students to manage the health, psychological, and social needs of the elderly population. The need for specialization in gerontology is clearly shown in population trends and documented in literature citing the lack of adequately prepared geriatric caregivers.

Students who are planning to continue their studies in gerontology by transferring to a four-year college should consult the "requirements for transfer institutions" section of this catalog. Consultation with a Sacramento City College counselor is also advised.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
   or SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
GERON 301 The Biology and Physiology of Aging 3
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
   or FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
   or PSYC 370 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3) 3
   or NUTRI 480 Nutrition Honors (3)
PSYC 390 Psychology of Death and Dying 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
Total Units: 18

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, prevention strategies, and resources.
  • identify strategies for meeting the challenges of aging within a sociocultural framework.
  • recognize and evaluate demographic, socioeconomic, legal, and physiologic aspects of aging.
  • develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment.

Career Information

Possible career opportunities for a student with an Associate's Degree in Gerontology may include: 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, and Professional Caregiver.