Gerontology

Gerontology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

For too many Americans, aging has meant increasing isolation and rapidly declining mental and physical health. In recent years, that is changing. The demand for gerontology professionals has skyrocketed, and these important experts on aging are making a difference in the lives of seniors in a wide variety of settings and job roles.

A Closer Look

Gerontology looks at the social, physical, and psychological aspects of aging to gain insight into the aging process. These professionals might find themselves supporting older adults, advocating for better services and care for the aging, or planning and evaluating programs for seniors in a variety of settings.

Medical advancements and healthier living habits are extending the life spans of humans worldwide. For the next few decades, gerontology specialists will continue to see a rise in demand for their skills and insights.


What You'll Learn

The Gerontology program at Mid-State prepares students to work in service delivery and leadership roles in settings that provide care to older adults, a rapidly growing field.

You’ll learn to work creatively and successfully with our aging population, drawing on your knowledge of the psychological, sociological, and physiological changes that occur in late adulthood. This program delivers instruction through a combination of face-to-face and online instruction.


Careers

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

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Gerontology program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!

SHEILA BLUHM

Dr. Bluhm earned her BA in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her master’s, doctorate, and certification in social gerontology from Western Michigan University. Her field of expertise is in the sociology of aging and medical sociology.

“I love teaching gerontology and providing students with the vital knowledge they need to make a significant impact as they serve the aged population in our society.”

SUZANNE RATHE

Suzanne is a social and behavioral science instructor. She has taught over 7,500 students in her time at Mid-State. She holds two master’s degrees, one in political science and one in psychology.

“My teaching philosophy is to learn by being engaged. To me, helping my students become involved not only in their school work but also in the community is a top priority.”


Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
-or-
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10809130 Intro to Social Gerontology 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
10544107 Legal & Financial Issues of Aging 3.00
10544108 Developing the Gerontology Professional 3.00
10809131 Death and Dying 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
10544111 Gerontology Internship 2.00
10809132 Generations & Diversity in Aging 3.00
Elective 3.00
(14 Credits)
Total Credits: 63