Program Overview

The Gerontological Services program is designed to train or retrain a broad range of qualified personnel to meet the varied and changing needs of the elderly population. The growing population of older persons, both in Pennsylvania and in the nation, requires additional trained personnel capable of working with or on behalf of the aged.

Current social concerns acknowledge the need to increase understanding of the broader dimensions of aging, as well as services provided to the growing elderly population in the society. The Gerontological Services program attempts to address these needs by providing practitioners and students opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skills for work in the field of aging.

Following a core program dealing with fundamental biologic, psychological, and social principles of adult development and aging, students elect an area of concentration focusing either on issues related to the planning, development, and administration of programs for older persons (Human Services Administration option) or on the acquisition of skills and techniques used in assessing and counseling older persons (Gerontological Counseling option).