Certificate Program

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Gerontology

Credits required 24

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Vieira

Program contact

John Tormey, Coordinator of Thanatology and Professor of Psychology/Thanatology

Program Goals Statement

The Gerontology certificate program prepares students to understand and effectively respond to myriad issues, challenges, choices, and problems encountered in the aging process.

Program Information

Students, especially those pursuing a degree in General Studies, are invited to consider a two-for-one program, using their electives wisely to include Gerontology as a special expertise in the degree program. Students are invited, but are not required, to take PSY 267 as a foundation for other Gerontology courses. In the event that core courses fit better with a student’s schedule, they have permission to register for those courses.

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 267Introduction to Gerontology: The Study of Aging

3 credits

PSY 269Geropsychology

3 credits

SOC 262Social Issues in Aging

3 credits

SOC 263Choices and Challenges

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Program Elective - Choose one from the following

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

BIO 117Physiology of Wellness

3 credits

BIO 121Fundamentals of Biological Science I

4 credits

BIO 220Introduction to Nutrition

3 credits

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

FIR 170Emergency Care I

4 credits

FIR 171Emergency Care II

4 credits

HLT 115Personal and Community Health

3 credits

SER 101Introduction to Social Welfare

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3-4

Program Elective - Choose one from the following

PSY 262Introduction to Thanatology

3 credits

PSY 264Psychology of Grief

3 credits

PSY 266Introduction to Grief Counseling

3 credits

SOC 257Social Issues in Loss

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one of the following

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 267Introduction to Gerontology: The Study of Aging

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

PSY 267Introduction to Gerontology: The Study of Aging

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

Health/Human Service Elective

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Thanatology Elective

3 credits

After BCC

Students are prepared to seek employment in various senior agencies, retirement communities, health care facilities, home- and adult-care programs, hospice organizations, and the myriad entrepreneur possibilities that respond to senior needs and interests.

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