Gerontology

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

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The Gerontology program at Sacramento City College will provide students with an overview of the biological, physiological, psychological and sociological factors involved in aging. Students will be able to apply this knowledge within a variety of careers to better serve and care for our aging population.

Students who are planning to continue their study in gerontology by transferring to a four-year college should consult the, “Requirements for Transfer Institutions” section of this catalog. Consultation with an Sacramento City College counselor is also advised.

Career Opportunities

As our population ages, most every industry is serving the growing population of older adults. Research has demonstrated that, regardless of career path, having training in gerontology is beneficial for those seeking employment. Some possible career opportunities may include but are not limited to: elder care, program aide or assistant, geriatric aide, home care specialist, home health aide, inter-generational care provider, and professional caregiver.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze methods to improve the quality of life for elderly people by connecting individuals to needed resources.
  • define the biological and physiological processes of aging.
  • explain the psychological aspects of aging.
  • explain the sociological aspects of aging.
  • evaluate problems involving diverse perspectives and propose solutions.

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

The Associate in Science degree may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.