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Allison Camelot View profile information for Staff Member Send email to Staff Member web site
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(949) 582-4636

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Gerontology Certificate Program

A multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging, the aging population, the aging process, and society’s response to the increasing population of older individuals. Biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of aging are explored. The coursework provides students with information as well as training to work in services and agencies that interact and assist older individuals.

The Gerontology Certificate Program can assist students in obtaining positions in the following fields* and/or enhance skills in a current position:

  • Healthcare Occupations (Dietician, Nutrition, Home Health Aide, CNA, LVN, RN, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy)
  • Legal Occupations (Attorneys, Paralegals)
  • Research and Development
  • Business Administration and Accounting
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Social Work
  • Behavioral Health
  • Government
  • Education
  • Travel and Tourism

*the following occupations may require additional certification depending on the specific employer. 

Students must complete a total of 18-21 units to earn the Gerontology Certificate.

(3 units each):

SOC180 Introduction to Gerontology
SOC125 Sociology of Aging
SOC126 Death and Dying
PSYCH125 Psychology of Aging

The Growing Field of Gerontology:

From 2009 to 2014 the expected increase in industry jobs in home health care services and community care facilities for the elderly is 25% in the region and 17% in California.  The projected increase for personal and home care aides is 29%.  Industry data indicates that there is a projected increase of 10% in jobs opportunities assisting the elderly in private households, 31% in home health care services, and 24% in homes for the elderly (Source:  http://www.coeccc.net/; Centers for Excellence custom report).

Link to average wages for careers in Gerontology

Link to Elderly Care Industries Data in Orange County

*Students should complete 2-3 elective courses focused on the specific area of interest: Nutrition and Physical Fitness (working at a senior center, senior community, hospital, or rehabilitation center) OR Human Services(working in a senior center, senior community, adult day care, continuing care setting or in social services setting to help both older adults and their families).


(6-9 units of restricted electives required)

APSY151 Human Relationships (3 units)
ANTH2 Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
CCS2 Multicultural Identities in the United States (3 units)
FN54 Nutrition Issues and Controversies (3 units)
FN50 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3 units)
FN161 Nutrition for Health Occupations (2 units)
FN171 Sanitation and Safety (3 units)
GEOG3 World Regional Geography (3 units)
HLTH1 Contemporary Health Issues (3 units)
HLTH2 Responding to Emergencies First Aid/CPR (1.5 units, suggested elective)
HS100 Human Services in a Changing Society (3 units)
HS140 Group Leadership and Group Process (3 units)
HS285 Ethical Issues/Clients' Rights (3 units)
KNES28 Yoga (1-1.5 units)
KNES29 Tai Chi Ch’uan (1-1.5 units)
SE101 Introduction to Therapy and Rehabilitation (3 units)
SE102 Adapted Kinesiology Assisting (1.5 units, suggested elective)
SOC10 Marriage and Family (3 units)
SOC 2 Social Problems OR SOC25 Social Stratification (3 units)
SOC20/HS20 Ethnic Cultures in the United States (3 units)


For additional program information contact: Allison Camelot, acamelot@saddleback.edu

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