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Human Services: Gerontology Certificate Counseling Total Units: 43.5
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Spring 2008


The Human Services Gerontology Career Certificate program is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the aging process for students interested in providing services to the elderly, and influencing public policy concerning aging, while working as program advocates, planners, and/or evaluators in the field of aging. In today's complex society, social service agencies are required to provide for the economic and emotional needs of those in difficulty. These agencies have a need for responsible individuals with some college background to provide various services. The Human Services Gerontology certificate program prepares students to work in a community setting at an entry level.

For students interested in an Associate degree, a Human Services: Gerontology major is available. More information about the Human Services program can be found at the Human Services website.

Employment options include working with non-profit agencies as well as local, state and federal agencies. Examples of these agencies are job training programs, residential settings and private social service agencies.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Human Services: Gerontology Certificate program are:

  • Complete 43.5 units from
    • Human Services Core Requirements
    • Gerontology Emphasis Requirements

Human Services Core Requirements - complete 34.50 units
COUN 74Identity and Cultural Diversity3.00
COUN 89Ethical Issues in Human Services1.50
COUN 90Introduction to Human Services3.00
COUN 91Skills and Techniques in Human Services3.00
COUN 92Introduction to Group Counseling3.00
COUN 93Introduction to Case Management3.00
COUN 94Intervention/Crisis Counseling Training3.00
COUN 96Exploration Within the Field of Disability Studies3.00
HLE 95Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Studies3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COUN 99IOccupational Work Experience Human Services Internship0.50-8.00
WEOC 99IOccupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
PSYCH 5Abnormal Psychology3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CHLD 10Developmental Stages of Childhood3.00
PSYCH 4Child and Adolescent Psychology3.00
PSYCH 56Aging, Dying and Death3.00
Gerontology Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
PSYCH 56Aging, Dying and Death3.00
SOC 61Aging & Society3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CNIS 90Money Management3.00
CNIS 190Money Management3.00
HLE 50Health Choices3.00
PHIL 7Contemporary Moral Issues3.00
PSYCH 40Psychological Perspectives on Gender3.00
SOC 10Marriage & the Family3.00

Term Effective: Spring 2008

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2008

Previous Versions:

Human Services: Gerontology - effective Spring 2007
Human Services: Gerontology - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


It is strongly recommended that students complete COUN 91 and COUN 99I in the final semester of taking the core requirements.

The college intends to deactivate the Gerontology emphasis effective with the fall 2008 term.

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