Associate in Science
This Option is intended for students who want to gain the skills necessary to work in the field of Gerontology. Students will be prepared to work with the geriatric population in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and home health care. This Option provides students with the 90 hours of course work required by The Certification Board, Inc. for the Community Mental Health Associate (CMHA) credential. Students will be eligible to take the National Association for Professional Gerontologists (NAPG) exam.
Graduates will be able to:
- Apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to client contact within a social services setting.
- Perform professionally, legally and ethically, displaying cultural competence, according to the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.
- Complete components of a Psychosocial Assessment and diagnose using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
- Define the Agency’s service delivery methods and which services are offered to meet the needs of the Agency’s client population.
- Apply research concepts to historical and current practice related to the human service profession.
- Demonstrate values and attitudes necessary to work in the human services profession.
- Establish a rapport with the geriatric population.
Apply knowledge of the psychological effects of aging to render care to geriatric clients