Human Services Technology – Gerontology

The Human Services Technology – Gerontology concentration prepares students to specialize in direct service delivery work to older adults and their families. The curriculum provides both theoretical and applied models for understanding issues of aging. Course work includes physical, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process; as well as health, wellness, nutrition, diet, exercise, and well-being. Fieldwork experiences provide opportunities to work in a variety of public and private agencies.

Graduates should qualify for employment in nursing and rest homes, specialized adult care services, respite services, and other program servicing older adults and their families. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select a variety of programs at senior institutions.

For more information regarding the Human Services Technology/Gerontology program, contact Kim Barber, Coordinator at 252-493-7418 or kbarber@email.pittcc.edu.

Long Term Care Settings
Specialized Adult Care Services
Respite Services
Other programs servicing older adults and their families

Gerontology
Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging
Health, Wellness & Nutrition
Gerontology Care Managing
Aging Policies, Programs & Services
Introduction to Human Services
Group Process I
Interviewing Techniques
Counseling
Orientation Lab I
Human Services Issues
Health Care
Crisis Intervention
General Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Sociology of the Family
Developmental Psychology

To explore and resolve personal biases, myths, and stereotypes about aging process
To apply human service ethical standards to guide professional practice with older adults and their support system
Skills in identifying and respectfully addressing varying values, beliefs, and behaviors in working to support older adult choices
Appreciate tools for assessing the mental, physical, cognitive, social, and bio-psychosocial functioning and needs of older adults and their care givers
The history and current trends in service delivery systems in practice with older adults