Program of Study

Students will complete courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on the development of skill sets that are required to effectively interact with gerontology professionals and clients. A one term internship is required for degree-seeking students that provides working experience at a human services related location.

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.

Students will need to need to meet screening requirements to work at internship sites.   These requirements are determined by the agency and may include passing a criminal background check and a drug screening.   Students should contact the Human Services/Gerontology Program Coordinator for additional information and career coaching regarding the screening requirements.


Careers Available

Gerontology is one of the fastest growing professions.   Graduates should qualify for entry level positions in for-profit, not-for-profit, government, community, long term care, assisted care and community based programs.

Recommended Courses and Skills

English, psychology, sociology and computer applications.

Helpful Personal Attributes

A strong desire to help older adults. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others. Effective communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility,
and an ability to manage time effectively.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Human Services Technology/Gerontology Associate in Applied Science Day and Evening A4538B REVISED
Human Services Technology/Gerontology - Social Gerontology Certificate Online C4538BSG REVISED

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Human Services Technology Program, contact Betsey Zook, Human Services Technology Program Coordinator, at 336.734.7975 or ezook@forsythtech.edu.