Human Services/Pre-Social Work

Certificate in Gerontology

Do you enjoy serving the elderly?

Earning a certificate in Gerontology will provide you an understanding of the behavior and needs of older persons.

Social services for the elderly are provided by many different kinds of agencies with different purposes, client groups, funding sources, and philosophies.

Engage the Human Services, Gerontology Certificate curriculum and prepare yourself to deliver services that are truly appreciated by our senior citizens.

Certificate Program Requirements and Outcomes

Course Number Course Title Cr.
HSE*H171 Death and Dying 3
HSE*H101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE*H170 Introduction to Gerontology 3
SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
SOC*H201 or
Contemporary Social Issues or
Social Inequality
HSE*H202 Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
Elective Psychology elective 3
PSY*H258 Behavior Modification 3
HSE*H281 Human Services Field Work I 3
Total Credit Hours 30

†Directed Electives:
PSY*H201 Lifespan Development
PSY*H208 Psychology of Adult Development & Aging

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Be knowledgeable about the issues surrounding the universal prospect of death and about the mourning process.
  2. Have a beginning understanding of a wide range of diagnoses that relate to people in need of social work service and be knowledgeable about the necessity of a collaborative relationship with area support systems.
  3. Identify social and psychological aspects and processes of aging.
  4. Locate local, state, and federal programs and services available for the solution of the problems of the elderly.
  5. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have on the aging.
  6. Understand sociocultural dynamics that underlay social issues in America today.
  7. Provide elders the support and information necessary to build self-esteem and empowerment skills.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the skills and tasks required for engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination.

Program Coordinator
Kathleen A Leblanc
203-596-8616 (p)
Room: K617