GerontologyLyn Norris-Baker, Director
Galichia Center on Aging
203 Fairchild Hall
The rapid growth of an older population in the United States is creating an increasing demand for personnel who possess specialized training in gerontology in a variety of occupations and professions.
The secondary major in gerontology is a 24-hour program of study. It includes two required courses, Introduction to Gerontology and Seminar in Gerontology, and 18 semester hours from the approved list of gerontology electives offered in participating departments. Elective courses must be taken in a minimum of three separate departments.
Along with the secondary major, students can take an emphasis in long-term care administration. This emphasis requires completing the secondary major in gerontology, ACCTG 231 Accounting for Business Operations1, MANGT 420 Management Concepts, an approved 480 clock-hour internship (6 credit hours, GERON or DHE 615), GERON 610 Seminar in Long-Term Care Administration, and courses that cover each of 10 training code areas as defined by the Kansas Board of Adult Care Administration. The adult care codes are listed in the advising guide available at the Center on Aging. With planning, the emphasis can be completed within 24 credit hours and a 6-credit-hour internship. Courses listed below will carry credit in the gerontology studies program and new courses will be added to the program as the curriculum is updated.
GERON 600. Seminar in Gerontology. (3) II. An interdisciplinary course organized topically, with students presenting papers on aging-related issues that draw upon the students' previous and concurrent academic experience. Provides supervised independent study and subsequent discussion, allowing students to integrate and order their perceptions about gerontological issues. Pr.: Completion of 15 hours of course work in gerontology.
GERON 605. Practicum in Gerontology. (3) I, II, S. Supervised field experience in an aging-related setting as a practical application of gerontological knowledge and skills. Pr.: Consent of instructor.
GERON 610. Seminar in Long-Term Care Administration. (3) (Offered January intersession only) Administration principles involved in the planning, organizing, and directing of long-term care agencies. Includes an in-depth exposure to federal and state standards and regulations governing long-term care.
GERON 615/DHE 615. Long-Term Care Administration Internship. (6) Includes: (a) field experience in the general administration of long-term care programs and/or facilities: planning, budgeting, program management, and service delivery; (b) exposure to federal and state standards and regulations governing long-term care; and (c) professional leadership development. Pr.: Junior standing, 15 hours of gerontology, MANGT 420, ACCTG 231, GERON 610, and GPA of 2.5 or above (3.0 or above in long-term course administration coursework).
GERON 620. Problems in Gerontology. (1-3) Independent study of selected problems. Pr.: Background of courses required for problem undertaken and consent of instructor.
Departmental course electives
College of Agriculture
College of Business Administration
Family studies and human services
1Required for long-term care administration emphasis, but no credit as gerontology elective in secondary major.