Human Services - Gerontology

Enjoy helping others, especially older adults? Our Human Services-Gerontology Concentration program opens doors to such aging-focused careers gerontology case work, consumer advocacy, senior center management and more. 

Program outcomes
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to work in direct service delivery in human service agencies and programs;
  • Illustrate a clear understanding of human behavior in all age groups;
  • Explain and apply appropriate skills necessary for a micro/macro perspective in human service delivery systems;
  • Assess and summarize concepts of psychological and sociological theories necessary for intervention techniques.

Accreditation

Our Human Services A.A.S. program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education effective June 2018 through June 2023.

For further information view our student achievement indicators and the roles and responsibilities of our administration and faculty.


Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Elective Quantitative Reasoning Elective 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning Elective 4

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSW 102 Theories of Group Counseling 3
HSW 105 or SOC 105 Social Policy and Ethics in Human Services 3
HSW 155 Introduction to Aging 3
HSW 160, PSY 217, HSW 216 or HSW 254 The Middle Years, Drug Use and Abuse, Assessment Techniques for Child/Youth or Aging in the U.S. 3
HSW 202 Theories of Individual Counseling 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 II 6
HSW 250 or PSY 250 Psychology of Aging: Helping Skills 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
HSW 101 Introduction to Human Services and Helping Profession 3
HSW 155 Introduction to Aging 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
HSW/PSY-203 Assessment and Documentation in Human Services 3
HSW 102 Theories of Group Counseling 3
HSW/SOC-105 Social Policy and Ethics in Human Services 3
Elective Any Quantitative Reasoning Elective 3
HSW 254 Aging in the United States 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 202 Theories of Individual Counseling 3
HSW 205 Volunteer Administration 3
HSW 210 Professional Development in Human Services 3
HSW 206 Hospice 3
HSW 250 Psychology of Aging 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 211 Human Services Practicum II 6
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Any Scientific Reasoning Elective 4

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 101 Introduction to Human Services and Helping Profession 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 102 Theories of Group Counseling 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
HSW/SOC-105 Social Policy and Ethics in Human Services 3
Elective Any Quantitative Reasoning Elective 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 155 Introduction to Aging 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
HSW/PSY-203 Assessment and Documentation in Human Services 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 210 Professional Development in Human Services 3
HSW 254 Aging in the United States 3
HSW 206 Hospice 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 202 Theories of Individual Counseling 3
Elective Any Scientific Reasoning Elective 4

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 250 Psychology of Aging 3
HSW 205 Volunteer Administration 3

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
HSW 211 Human Services Practicum II 6

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3