Gerontology major | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio
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Gerontology major

The gerontology major offers you knowledge and understanding of the normal but highly variable process of aging and implementing programs and services for the elderly.

Prepare to enter the workforce with courses and training related to community resources, human behavior, interviewing skills, cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness with a focus on gerontology.

You’ll be able to apply to become an Ohio registered social worker assistant, working under the supervision of a social worker to develop and organize programs related to cases such as substance abuse, rehabilitation and the aging process. You’ll also be able to continue to a bachelor’s degree program to become a social worker.

The program is designed for professionals or paraprofessionals currently working in the field of aging, those who anticipate working with older adults or anyone interested in understanding the aging process.

Work in many areas, including

  • mental health
  • family advocacy
  • health care
  • nursing homes
  • crisis intervention
  • gerontology

Prepare for a career as a

  • case manager
  • social worker assistant
  • crisis intervention assistant
  • family support assistant
  • nursing home assistant
  • mental health technician

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a gerontology certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in gerontology:

Gerontology certificate

Associate degree

  • Associate of applied science in human and social services

Program learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of social work theory and the behavioral sciences, NASW (National Association of Social Workers) ethics, human and social services programs, and community resources.
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide the following client services: intake and screening, assessment and referral, case management and outreach, documentation of observations and interventions, record keeping, and termination.
  • Demonstrate work readiness skills and professional behavior.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of personal biases and value systems that can impact the helping relationship.
  • Demonstrate employment skills and professionalism through sound work habits, responsibility, and sensitivity to the unique needs of individuals, families, and diverse groups.
  • Demonstrate awareness of issues related to aging, the aging process, and skills that facilitate working with older adults.

Transfer agreements

  • Kent State University


  • Graduates can register to become a social work assistant through the State of Ohio.

Additional fees

  • All students are required to undergo a criminal background check.

Program-related scholarships

Student organizations

  • Human and social services student association
  • Student connection club



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