Like the thought of working with older adults in a helping profession? Montco's 36-credit Gerontology Certificate prepares you to do exactly this. Our program focuses on the aging process and the issues and services associated with aging. After receiving your certificate, you can pursue such human services careers as administrator, activities director, adult day care provider, case worker, consumer advocate, lifelong learning instructor, senior center manager, social services coordinator and volunteer coordinator.

Montco's Gerontology program mirrors our Human Services Certificate program. The only difference is Gerontology's emphasis on older adults.

Your credits can be transferred to participating area colleges. Talk to the Gerontology/Human Services Program Coordinator about  transferring credits and getting approval to substitute courses.

Note: You may have to take placement tests prior to enrolling in some of the Gerontology courses. Please see our  placement testing guidelines for further information.

Program outcomes
  • Demonstrate all of the skills and knowledge needed to obtain entry level employment in an agency or facility for the older adult.

Program Curriculum

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
HSW 101 Introduction to Human Services and Helping Profession 3
HSW 155 Introduction to Aging 3
HSW 203 or PSY 203 Assessment and Documentation in Human Services 3
HSW 205 Volunteer Administration 3
HSW 206 Hospice: Concepts and Skills 3
HSW 210 Professional Development in Human Services 3
HSW 211 Human Services Practicum 6
HSW 250 Psychology of Aging 3
HSW 254 Aging in American Society 3
SOC 105 Social Policy and Ethics in Human Services 3
Total Program Credits: 36

Note: Students may have to take placement tests prior to enrolling in some of the courses above. Please see College Catalog for placement testing guidelines.

The Human Services Program is transferrable to a number of area colleges. Substitutions must be approved by the Program Coordinator.