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Human Services Technology/Gerontology

Curriculum Description

The Human Services Technology/Gerontology concentration prepares students to specialize in direct service delivery work to older adults and their families. The curriculum provides both theoretical and applied models for understanding issues of aging.

Course work includes physical, psychological and social aspects of the aging process as well as health, wellness, nutrition, diet, exercise and well-being. Fieldwork experiences provide opportunities to work in a variety of public and private agencies.

Graduates should qualify for employment in nursing and rest homes, specialized adult care services, respite services, and other programs servicing older adults and their families. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select a variety of programs at senior institutions.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A4538B REVISED
NC CIP: 19.0702
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2013

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
GRO 120 Gerontology NEW REQUISITES 3 0 0 3
HSE 110 Intro to Human Services NEW REQUISITES 2 2 0 3
HSE 123 Interviewing Techniques NEW REQUISITES 2 2 0 3
HSE 251 Activities Planning NEW REQUISITES & NEW VERSION 2 2 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Introduction to Computers (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
   
    16 8 0 20

Spring Semester
GRO 220 Psy/Soc Aspects of Aging NEW REQUISITES 3 0 0 3
GRO 230 Health, Wellness & Nutrit NEW REQUISITES 3 2 0 4
HSE 112 Group Process I NEW REQUISITE 1 2 0 2
HSE 210 Human Services Issues NEW REQUISITE 2 0 0 2
HSE 225 Crisis Intervention NEW REQUISITE 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Argument-Based Research 3 0 0 3
  OR        
Prof Research & Reporting (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    15 4 0 17

Summer Term
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology 3 0 0 3
___ ___ HSE Elective 1 * * * 3
   
    3 0 0 6

Fall Semester
BIO 110 Principles of Biology 3 3 0 4
COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Com 3 0 0 3
PSY 241 Developmental Psych 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Mathematical Models NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
  OR        
Survey of Mathematics NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
College Algebra NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    11 5 0 13

Spring Semester
COE 111 Co-op Work Experience I 0 0 10 1
COE 115 Work Exp Seminar I 1 0 0 1
GRO 240 Gerontology Care Managing NEW VERSION 3 0 0 3
HSE 125 Counseling NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
___ ___ HSE Elective 1 * * * 3
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
Select one:
Sociology of the Family 3 0 0 3
  OR        
Social Problems (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    9 2 10 17

Total Credit Hours: 73

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

HSE Elective — Select 6 hours: GRO 150, GRO 250, HSE 150, HSE 242, SAB 110, SAB 130

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective — Select one: ART 111, ENG 273, HUM 120, HUM 121, HUM 220, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240, or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification recommended

Current certification as a certified nurse assistant I (CNA I) recommended

**Hours vary depending on course selection.