2018-2019

Associate in Science

Human Services - Gerontology

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


Note:

Requirements for CMHA certification:

  • 90 education hours * in mental health domains
  • 2000 hours of supervised work experience
  • 110 hours of supervised practicum

* Educational hours are provided within specific courses.

For gerontology option, placement should be in a geriatric facility.


General Education(31 credits)

Code Name Credits
General Education (6 credits)
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3
SO 105 Social Problems 3
Communication (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)
MA 103 Basic Statistics 3
Science (4 credits)
BS 100 Human Biology 4
Technology (3 credits)
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
Social Science (6 credits)
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Humanities (3 credits)
PH 106 Introduction to Ethics 3

Core(13 credits)

Code Name Credits
HS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HS 203 Counseling Techniques 3
HS 204 Group Dynamics 3
HS 207 Human Services Program Field Experience I 4

Option (Humanities)(16 credits)

Code Name Credits
BS 212 Biology of Aging 3
HS 208 Human Services Program Field Experience II 4
HS 213 Contemporary Issues of Aging 3
PS 204 Psychology of Aging 3
SO 205 Death and Dying 3

Total Credits 60


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester Credits
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
HS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3.0
MA 103 Basic Statistics 3.0
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
Total 15.0
Second Semester Credits
BS 100 Human Biology 4.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
HS 203 Counseling Techniques 3.0
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3.0
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
Total 16.0
Third Semester Credits
HS 204 Group Dynamics 3.0
HS 207 Human Services Program Field Experience I 4.0
HS 213 Contemporary Issues of Aging 3.0
PH 106 Introduction to Ethics 3.0
SO 105 Social Problems 3.0
Total 16.0
Fourth Semester Credits
BS 212 Biology of Aging 3.0
HS 208 Human Services Program Field Experience II 4.0
PS 204 Psychology of Aging 3.0
SO 205 Death and Dying 3.0
Total 13.0