HUMAN SERVICES
GERONTOLOGY CERTIFICATE

The Gerontology Certificate Program in Human Services is a collection of interdisciplinary courses that prepares students to bring expertise, intervention skills and understanding about the aging adult to work and to family settings.  Older adult development and adaptive and maladaptive behaviors of the normal aging process are explored.  Emphasis will be placed on critical life issues such as health, mental health, care giving, social support, living arrangements, work and retirement, and human service resources.  Death and dying, and the ethical issues that often occur during the last years of life will be examined.  To earn a certificate, complete the required courses as listed with a minimum grade of ā€œCā€.  At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Required Core Courses (12 Units) are listed in suggested sequence:

 Course Number  Course Title       Units
HUSR 200 C   Introduction to Human Services    3
HUSR 275 C   Ethical Issues in Human Services    3
HUSR/SOC 250 C  Sociology of Aging      3
HUSR 210 C   Introductory Fieldwork      3

Select a minimum of 3 Units from the elective courses listed below:

 Elective Course Number Course Title       Units

HUSR/PSY 255 C  Psychology of Aging      3
HUSR 215 C           Introduction to Family Studies     3
HUSR 221 C           Crisis Intervention and Referral    3
PE 235 C                 First Aid, CPR and Emergencies  3
PSY 120 C              Human Sexuality    3

Total units required for Gerontology Certificate = 15 Units

To earn a certificate, complete the required courses as listed with a minimum grade of ā€œCā€.  At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College.  Consult your counselor if you are interested in the General Education classes necessary for an Associate in Arts Degree.

Revised 8/2015