Program Description

The Gerontology program is an interdisciplinary study of health and human services perspectives of older adulthood. It combines a foundation in the psychosocial and physiological aspects of aging with an understanding of programs, services, and policies related to aging and older adults. It provides learners with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to pursue careers in a variety of settings, whether just entering the workforce or enhancing their existing careers in service delivery roles as well as leadership roles.

Starting Salary

$23,171
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
100%
at Wittenberg
60-70 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Exhibit ethical and legal practice consistent with a gerontology professional
  • Distinguish the role of the gerontology professional in the coordination of service delivery
  • Cultivate an age-friendly community
  • Evaluate the physical, social, psychological, spiritual aspects of aging throughout the lifespan

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Home Health Services
  • Advanced Age Benefits Coordinator
  • Geriatrics Social Work Associate
  • Social Services Assistant
  • Aging Outreach Specialist
  • Caseworker
  • Community Coordinator
  • Family Support Worker
  • Human Services Program Specialist
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Advanced Age Advocate

Courses

The Gerontology Associate Degree is a 60 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DEMENTIA 2.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00

Second Term

LONG-TERM CARE/MEDICARE/MEDICAID 2.00
BOUNDARIES AND ETHICS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3.00
METHODS OF SOCIAL CASEWORK 3.00
DEMENTIA CARE THERAPY AND PRACTICES 4.00
DEMENTIA CLINICAL 1.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Third Term

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3.00
CRISIS INTERVENTION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT 3.00
HOME HEALTH CONCEPTS & PRACTICES 3.00
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES IN THE AGING POPULATION 3.00
GENERAL BIOLOGY 4.00

Fourth Term

PRINCIPLES FOR END OF LIFE CARE 4.00
END OF LIFE CLINICAL 1.00
INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR THE OLDER ADULT 2.00
MANAGEMENT IN GERIATRIC CARE 1.00
SPEECH 3.00
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.