The Gerontology Practice sequence prepares students for practice with older adults in a variety of settings. The most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that 5 in 10 jobs in the health care and social assistance sectors will be for people with expertise in working with older populations. This sequence emphasizes the development, delivery, and management of services to meet the specific needs of the growing population of elderly. The curriculum prepares graduates for advanced practice across an array of settings including long-term care centers, assisted living centers, mental health centers and institutions, elder protection agencies, medical agencies, and community centers.
Students who pursue this specialization in the MSW program will also qualify for the Gerontology Certificate from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Some of the coursework, including electives, draw from a cross-disciplinary curriculum. In addition to course work that is specific to gerontology, students will complete their advanced practicum in an agency setting with older adults.
The Gerontology Practice Specialized Curriculum can be completed as a full-time program over 1 year or part-time program over 2 years.