Bachelor - Gerontology

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Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology program is aimed at helping you prepare for a career in the captivating field of gerontology, studying different components of the aging process. Read on to learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology program is designed to teach you about the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of aging and longevity. Through a number of courses, you'll have an opportunity to learn about America's rapidly growing senior population, which is expected to double in size by the year 2030. You'll have a chance to study legal and ethical factors that influence the lifestyles of seniors, as well as spend time examining emerging services catering to this age group.

What are the Prerequisites?

If you're applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology program, you should be a patient and caring individual with a passion for working with and helping others. Though not required, you may have had previous experience working with senior citizens, perhaps at a nursing home or retiree community. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology program consists of 120 total credits, including 46 general education credits, 36 major credits, and 41 elective credits. Students who transfer credits in may be not be required all of the courses listed below.

Gerontology Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
SOC 322 Sociological Aspects of Adulthood
GRO 320 Adult Development & Aging
PSY 317 Cognitive Functioning in the Elderly
GRO 325 Aging & Health
GRO 330 Social Policy & Aging
GRO 338 Mental Well-Being & Aging
SOC 326 Diversity & Aging
GRO 410 Death & Dying
GRO 440 Ethics & Legal Aspects of Aging
HCA 442 Contemporary Issues in Aging
PSY 326Research Methods
GRO 497 Gerontology Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology program is designed to prepare you for a career working with the senior community. You will have the opportunity to gain the technical, legal, and sociological knowledge to prepare you for a variety of careers working in organizations created to help improve quality of life for seniors.

Positions you may eligible to apply for include:

  • Care manager
  • Adult program coordinator
  • Senior advocate
  • Aging wellness coordinator
  • Senior placement specialist
  • Geriatric Analyst

Advanced Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology is designed to prepare you for entry-level careers in the world of senior care, but if you would like to pursue mid-level or executive-level positions, you may need additional education. Some advanced degrees you may eligible to apply for include:

  • Master of Arts in Gerontology
  • Master of Arts in Health and Wellness
  • Master of Social Work

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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