Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Human Services: Gerontology Certificate (GRTL-CC-HS)

Location(s): Asnuntuck, Capital, Gateway, Middlesex, Naugatuck Valley

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The Human Services Gerontology certificate is designed to provide education and training for individuals seeking entry employment in various settings that cater to and focus on the gerontology population. Gerontology is the study of aging - a very complex and fascinating process which we all experience. It is complex because it encompasses the physiological, social, emotional, cognitive, and economic aspects of growing old. By completing the one-year certificate program, students may find immediate opportunity for employment in professional and paraprofessional entry-level positions at human service agencies, senior centers, residential communities, health care facilities, and other agencies that provide much needed services for the elderly. For others, this certificate will allow them to further enhance their knowledge of gerontology.

This career certificate is designed to prepare students for diverse employment opportunities and competent performance in a variety of entry-level community, care-related, and social services minded organizations. Instruction is cross-disciplinary and designed for transferability for those wishing to continue their studies to psychology, social work, health care, or other helping professions. This degree is interdisciplinary in nature and embraces the holistic approach.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Gerontology certificate program requirements, graduates will

  • Describe physiological, psychological, and socio-economic factors relating to the aging process.
  • Identify sources of assistance to meet those needs and demonstrate the ability to comprehend the needs of an elderly person.
  • Identify the need for advocacy for the elderly and sources of assistance and demonstrate the ability to deliver services.
  • Identify and examine the factors necessary for successful aging.
  • Identify (and demonstrate) interpersonal and communication skills necessary to work in environments serving an elderly population.
  • Assess the social policies that affect the aging population and their families.
  • Examine ethical principles to guide work with and on behalf of older adults.
  • Examine and utilize gerontological frameworks to research the physical, psychological, economic, and social factors underlying the aging process.