Gerontology

Gerontology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Are you a good listener and problem solver with patience and creativity? Are you interested in working with our aging population? MSTC’s new Gerontology program sounds like the perfect fit for you!

The Gerontology program prepares you to work in service delivery and leadership roles in a rapidly growing field. You learn about the multidisciplinary nature of gerontology, including the psychological, sociological, and physiological changes that occur during late adulthood. As a part of the curriculum, you have opportunities for practical experience in a broad range of settings during the fourth semester.

Gerontology courses combine the benefits of face to face education with the advantages of online and telepresence technology. MSTC’s Gerontology program is one of only two in the entire 16-college Wisconsin Technical College System.

Demand for qualified individuals will grow as the population ages. Graduates may find employment in municipal and county aging services departments, aging housing and transportation services, small business self-employment, adult day care and recreation services, and client/patient navigation services.

The Gerontology program is offered at Stevens Point Campus.

Jobs

  • Activity/Recreation Coordinator
  • Advocacy Specialist
  • Aging Services Provider
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Client Navigation Specialist
  • Housing/Transportation Specialist
  • Private Service Provider/Small Business Owner
  • Program Planner

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10544104 Intro to Social Gerontology 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
-or-
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 2
10543139 Introduction to Dementia 2.00
10544102 Physical Aspects of Aging 3.00
10544103 Healthy Aging 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
-or-
10801198 Speech 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or-
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 3
10501110 Healthcare Communication Strategies 2.00
10544106 Death and Dying 3.00
10544107 Legal & Financial Issues of Aging 3.00
10544108 Developing the Gerontology Professional 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
Elective 3.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 4
10102101 Intro to Business 3.00
10544109 Programs & Services in Aging 3.00
10544110 Generations & Diversity in Aging 3.00
10544111 Gerontology Internship 3.00
Elective 3.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 64