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The online Bachelor of Science in Gerontology with a concentration in Administration uses a multidisciplinary approach to discover the many issues and opportunities facing the worlds rapidly increasing aging population, including independence, health changes and end-of-life planning.
Why pursue a degree in Gerontology:
- You have a passion for working with the aging population.
- You understand the importance of knowledge and training in physical, psychological and social aspects of aging and want to further your personal knowledge in these areas.
- You have specific career goals and want a degree where you can tailor coursework to your career path.
- You need a flexible course structure, with courses offered 100% online.
- You want to become an influence and advocate in the needs of the aging community, including the frail and vulnerable population.
Career Outlook: According to the Administration for Community Living, by 2020, 77 million people will be 60 and older in the U.S. The shift demands qualified professionals who can offer ideas and solutions to address the opportunities of an aging population. The degree allows students to have flexibility with coursework and can be easily paired with other majors and minors in other disciplines to expand career opportunities. The high demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing and career opportunities are numerous and varied.
Graduates can pursue careers in:
- Nursing Home Administrator
- Aging Services Administrators
- Assisted Living Administrators
- Estate Planners
- Financial Planners
- Geriatric Care/Case Managers
Lyn Meridew Holley, member of the UNO Thompson Learning Community, Graduate Faculty, Native American Studies Faculty and Honors Faculty, has received awards for teaching excellence that include the 2009 UNO Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, the 2010 UNO Faculty Service Learning Award and nomination for the 2014 OTICA. Her research interests include public programs and services for the aging, intergenerational relationships, lifespan resilience and long-term staffing policies and programs.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
Have earned a high school diploma or GED
2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Taken the TOEFL or IELTS
(Only required if English is not your native language)
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Students must be enrolled in the GERO program and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Not open to non-degree graduate students. This course provides the opportunity for students to share field experiences, obtain guidance concerning various relationships with agency, staff and clients and to develop a broadly based perspective of the field of aging. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Nine hours in gerontology and permission.
Students choose from the following courses: PA 3000 Applied Statistics and Data Processing in Public Sector, STAT 3000 Statistical Methods I, SOC 2130 Social Statistics, MATH 1530 Introduction to Applied Probability and Statistics or PSYC 3130 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
|Research Methods Course||3|
Students choose from the following courses: CRCJ 2510 Research Methods or SOC 3510 Research Methods.
|Area of Concentration or Minor||18-20|
Select an area of concentration or minor.
|Introduction to Gerontology||3|
Course Number: GERO 2000
An introduction to social gerontology and human development in later life; emphasis is on important elements of aging, such as socialization, family interaction, retirement, physical and psychological aging and perceptions of older persons in contemporary society.
|Community Resources for Older Adults||3|
Course Number: GERO 3000
This course is designed to introduce the student to community resources for older adults, to identify the organizations and individuals in the public and private sectors that help support aging in place and to examine the impact of the efforts on older adults at the national, state and local levels. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Completion of GERO 2000. Not open to non-degree graduate students.
|Death and Dying||3|
Course Number: GERO 3070
An interdisciplinary survey of literature in the field of thanatology, with an emphasis on working with the older patient and his or her family.
|Biological Principles of Aging||3|
Course Number: GERO 3500
The Biological Bases of Aging Course provides a survey of the primary topics in the biology of aging field for undergraduate students. This a required course for the Gerontology major. By the end of the course, students will understand major theories, biological methods and seminal research studies in the biology of aging field. Furthermore, students will learn how to critically analyze and interpret primary research about biological aging. This course provides preparation for students considering graduate school in gerontology or biology, geriatric nursing and social work, geriatric medicine, neuroscience, psychology and exercise science. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Sophomore/Junior/Senior Standing. Not open to non-degree graduate students.
|Psychology of Adult Development and Aging||3|
Course Number: GERO 4460
The focus of this course is on the major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of aging. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change are examined, along with their implications for behavior. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior.
|Mental Health and Aging||3|
Course Number: GERO 4470
The goal of this course is to survey the mental health needs of older adults. Consideration is given to identifying both positive mental health and pathological conditions. Treatment interventions effective with older adults and their families are also discussed. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior.
|Health Aspects of Aging||3|
Course Number: GERO 4550
This course emphasizes health promotion for older adults. Special health needs of older Americans are compared and contrasted with health needs for other age groups. Prevention or delaying of chronic diseases and disorders are emphasized.
|Programs and Services for the Elderly||3|
Course Number: GERO 4670
This course is provided to give the student a historical overview of programs for the elderly, examine the national policy process as it relates to the older American and review the principles and practices relative to the existing national programs for the aged.
|Working with Minority Elderly||3|
Course Number: GERO 4690
This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the differing status, attitudes and experiences of the elderly within minority groups. This course examines various service systems and practice models in terms of their relevance and effectiveness in meeting needs of the minority elderly.
Select an additional 9 credit hours of Gerontology coursework, based on interests and career objectives.
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $285.00
- Fees: $53.75
- Total: $338.75
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $855.00
- Fees: $161.25
- Total: $1016.25
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $440.00
- Fees: $53.75
- Total: $493.75
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1320.00
- Fees: $161.25
- Total: $1481.25
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