Spokane Falls Community College offers a program designed to provide specific training
to individuals who wish to establish a career in meeting the needs of a rapidly
expanding older population. The Gerontology program examines mental, emotional,
physical and social changes that confront older adults. Gerontology is distinct
from geriatrics, a medical specialty that explores health and disease in elders.
Some of the current career fields may include program management, administration,
recreation services, residential care, business and education fields, and human
service programs related to life after sixty.
An A.A.S. degree and a certificate option are available. The associate in applied
science degree prepares students for employment. The one-year certificate program
is an option for those who have another degree and wish to increase their gerontology
skills. Education in gerontology may be used as a support base for many helping
professions. This area of study is also a resource for launching second and third
Program Goals - Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:
- Comply with state and federal regulations regarding care and treatment of the
elderly in residential care and activity settings.
- Record, interpret, and analyze data to assist the elderly.
- Provide senior citizens with opportunities for social exchange.
- Provide skills that improve delivery services to the elderly.
- Be political and social activists regarding necessary changes for improved elderly
care and service.
Graduates can find work in mental health centers, adult care facilities, clinical
pastoral care, churches, hospitals, senior centers, senior volunteer programs, and
any private or public programs serving senior citizens.
For more information contact:
Polly McMahon - (509) 533-3797
or Human Services Department - (509) 533-3148