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Social Gerontology Academic Certificate

More services for the aging have increased the need for educated, well-trained students. Those new to gerontology will develop skills and acquire knowledge in preparation for employment. Those already working in the field will add to their knowledge. Students must meet regular College admission requirements and requirements for the Behavioral Health/Human Services (BHHS) curriculum. The certificate may also be taken in conjunction with the degree program in the Behavioral Health/Human Services curriculum. Graduates of the Social Gerontology certificate program will be prepared to work as social and human service assistants, community and social service specialists, personal and home care aides, and social work assistants.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic set of helping skills (warmth, empathy, reflective listening) needed for successful employment in agencies providing services for the aging.
  • Work as a culturally sensitive ethical practitioner.
  • Demonstrate a stronger sense of self resulting from personal growth experiences.
  • Use critical thinking and writing skills needed for working with clients.

Program Entry Requirements:
The program is open to interested students. New students are required to take College placement tests. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English courses prior to program entry. Students requiring developmental mathematics courses must complete them in addition to the requirements of their certificate program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
To qualify for the academic certificate in Social Gerontology, students must complete 33 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average).

Social Gerontology Academic Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits  

First Semester

BHHS 171 – Introduction to Social Gerontology   3  
BHHS 101 – Introduction to Behavioral Health and Human Services   3  
BHHS 111 – Introduction to Helping Skills BHHS 101 - which may be taken concurrently 3  
ENGL 101 – English Composition I   3  
CIS 103 – Applied Computer Technology   3  
MATH 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher   3  

Second Semester

BHHS 105 – Introduction to Group Dynamics   3  
BHHS 194 – Case Management Practice BHHS 111 with a "C" grade or better 3  
BHHS 195 – Practicum in Behavioral Health/Human Services I BHHS 111 with a "C" grade or better 3  
ENGL 102 – The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3  
BHHS 277 – Behavioral Development and Social Processes of Aging BHHS 171 3  

Minimum Credits Needed To Graduate: 33

*Students with computer experience may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Department.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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