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Gerontology and Aging Services, Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #67 (WUR) Online
With a Gerontology and Aging Services degree at University of Maryland University College, join the skyrocketing labor force needed to meet the healthcare challenge of an aging population. The aging baby boomer population is driving some of the fastest growth in healthcare jobs in the country.
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Overview

With an online degree in Gerontology and Aging Services from University of Maryland University College, you'll gain a foundation in the physiological, social, and psychological aspects of aging, coupled with an understanding of programs, services, and policies related to aging and older adults, so that you can care for and serve this population.

The programme

Your degree can help prepare you for any number of careers related to gerontological services, such as program manager, program and policy analyst, services developer, housing and facilities manager, and more. This program is ideal for individuals who already have some healthcare experience or experience with the aging population. This is also a great degree for those looking to make a career change into a secure field.

In your gerontology degree courses, you'll develop the ability to investigate and discuss the psychosocial, health, and political aspects of aging in contemporary society; develop effective strategies for health promotion and service implementation for older adults; and learn to work in an ethically responsible and professional manner with older adults and aging services professionals.

You'll also complete a 3-credit internship during which you'll work in a community-based placement for 15 weeks, applying your knowledge from the classroom to real-world settings. UMUC has formed relationships with several internship sites. However, students may seek placements in any industry or organization that serves older adults.

Through your coursework, you will learn how to:

  • Access, interpret, and apply research findings related to biological, psychological, and social processes in the context of aging
  • Analyze the impact of factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, and social class on the aging process
  • Analyze the development of policies related to aging and their impact on services and organizations for older adults, both locally and nationally
  • Apply knowledge to work with older adults in a chosen area of practice
  • Practice within the legal and ethical standards of the aging services field

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Contemporary Issues in Aging
  • Service/Program Management
  • Health and Aging
  • Programs, Services, and Policies
  • Gender and Aging
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
  • Health Promotion in Older Adults
  • Long-Term Care Administration
  • Economics of Aging
  • Culture and Aging
  • Workplace Learning in Gerontology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Secondary education (high school graduation): If you have earned fewer than 24 transferable credits at a U.S. college or university, you must verify your completion of the equivalent of a U.S. secondary education by doing one of the following:

  • Requesting an evaluation from an approved international credit evaluation service
  • Providing official transcripts showing completion of the U.S. General Education Development, known as the GED, exam with a passing score

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    499 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 499 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    300 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 300 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Funding

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