Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do gerontologists do?

A. Gerontologists can work in a variety of areas:

  • Direct Service, such as conducting outreach and evaluating services necessary.
  • Education and Training, such as intergenerational programs and education for older clients.
  • Program Planning and Evaluation, such as identifying community needs, developing staffing and coordinating with community agencies.
  • Administration and Policy, such as increasing public awareness of needs and services and analyzing program and policy outcomes.
  • Research, such as evaluating program interventions, predicting trends and collecting demographics.

Q. What type of jobs can you get with a Gerontology Certificate?

A. Graduates from the Gerontology certificate program can expect to find career placements in county councils on aging, area agencies on aging, social service agencies, housing authorities, long-term care, recreation facilities and many other public and private groups. Job titles in this field include:

  • With Completion of A.A. Degree/Certificate:

    • Home Care Companion
    • Activity Director
    • RCFE Administrator
    • Adult Educator
    • Transportation Coordinator
    • Meal Coordinator
    • Admission Coordinator
    • Marketing Coordinator
  • With Completion of a B.A. or M.A. plus Gerontology Certificate:

    • Department of Human Services Worker
    • Senior Center Director
    • Administrator for Assisted Living
    • Administrator for Independent Living
    • Marketing Director
    • Care Manager

Q. What types of students enroll in the Certificate program?

A. Students from diverse ethnic, educational and career backgrounds enroll in the
     certificate. Some students are just starting their educational program and are
     at the beginning of their career search. Others already have degrees and/or
     jobs and are completing the certificate to improve their knowledge base and
     advance in their careers. Another student group has a personal interest in
     gerontology and wants more information to cope with the challenges of an
     aging loved one or to understand their own aging.

Q. What are the required courses?

A. BIOL        384N    Biology of Aging

    SW           465       Programs and Policies Related to the Elderly

    SOC         323       Socialization: Maturity & Aging

    SW          450       Cross-Cultural Practices with Aging Populations
    SOC         450        Sociology of Aging
    PSY          462        Psychology of Human Aging
    PSY         362        Psychology of Human Development: Maturity and Aging

Q. How many hours do I need in total for my field placement?

A. You need a total of 90 hours in HHS 495 working directly with the elderly.

Q. Do I have to do the internship hours all in one quarter?

A. Yes

Q. Why do I need to register for HHS 495?

A. HHS 495 is a requirement for the Certificate Program. It's a Credit/No Credit course and it has specific requirements outlined in the HHS 495 syllabus. You will need 4 units of HHS 495 in order to obtain a Certificate. You must register for it in order to have it appear on your transcript.

Q. Can my intern hours be done in the summer?

A. You may be able to do the hours in the summer, but you would have to have registered for HHS 495 in the previous Spring Quarter.