College of Health Sciences and Education
Minor may be taken in support of several degrees
For information contact Susan McDonald, PhD.
Gerontology is the study of aging, a normal process in the human lifespan. The rapid development and expansion of programs and services for elderly persons in America, and the anticipated increase in the number of persons living to old age, have escalated the demand for professionals trained to work in the field of aging.
The gerontology program prepares students for positions in agencies and institutions that administer health and community-based services for the aged. Career opportunities exist in nursing homes, hospitals, senior citizen centers, area agencies on aging, nutrition programs, rehabilitation centers, social welfare agencies, and other organizations. The program also enhances the knowledge and skills of individuals currently involved in the provision of such services.
A minimum of 15 credits is necessary to complete requirements for a gerontology minor.