Gerontology Associate Degree

Program Code: 105441

Graduates of the Gerontology program have the knowledge and skills needed to provide seamless quality service to older adults and their families. Gerontology career pathways include a wide variety of service and leadership opportunities related to business and finances; housing options; entertainment and travel; health and wellness; case coordination; public policy and advocacy; and consumer service.


Employment Potential

Direct Service Provider: Works "one-on-one" with older persons and their families to assess needs, knowledge of resources and delivery of services.

Program Planner and Evaluator: Surveys the community to gauge the interests and needs of older persons, designing programs to meet these needs, and evaluating the programs' effectiveness.

Manager/Administrator: Supervises and directs the daily operation of facilities, agencies, or programs that serve the aging population.

Marketing and Product Development Professional: Targets unmet product and service needs of older persons. Develops and implements solutions to enhance productivity and independence. Educates and refers the aging population to creative technologies that may allow them to "age in place."

Advocate: Fosters policies and programs to benefit the aging based on knowledge of unmet needs and the ability to communicate in public and private forums.

Educator/Trainer: Develops and delivers educational programming responsive to the needs of older persons or those who serve them, including informal caregivers.

Researcher: Studies the aging process and investigates the effectiveness of intervention programs and policies.

Environmental Designer: Designs safe living environments for the elderly population.

Financial Management/Legal Support Service Provider: Serves as primary contact person for management of financial and legal issues for aging clients and their families.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer Benchmarks are Arithmetic, 65; Reading Comprehension, 78: Sentence Skills, 75. ACT benchmarks are Math 15, Reading 15, English 16.
Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend or view online program pre-registration information session.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
Green Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Gerontology associate degree program in the number of semesters shown.
Micro: Word-Intro
10-103-121 MICRO: WORD-INTRODUCTION ...word processing basics including creating, revising, formatting, printing; sections, tabs, multiple-page numbering; manipulating text; creating headers/footers; creating/formatting tables, graphics; and merging documents. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
GERO: Intro to Gerontology
10-544-201 GERO: INTRO TO GERONTOLOGY ...a general overview of the field of aging. Topics include demographic, biological, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
GERO:Physical Aspects of Aging
10-544-202 GERO: PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF AGING of normal and pathological changes occurring in the aging human body with special emphasis on age-related chronic diseases. Topics addressed include: analysis of biological theories of aging, cultural and ethnic influence on aging pathologies, and other factors impacting the aging process. (Corequisites: 10-544-201, Intro to Gerontology; 10-801-136, English Comp 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall
English Composition 1
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Think Critically & Creatively
10-809-103 THINKING CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY ...instruction in realistic/practical methods of thinking, including decision making, problem solving, analyzing ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals/objectives. Students apply strategies/tools in a variety of situations. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
College 101
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
GERO: Healthy Aging
10-544-203 GERO: HEALTHY AGING ...overview of practices to promote healthy aging. This course will address nutrition, physical activity and prevention practices as well as an overview of medications commonly prescribed for the older adult. Emphasis will focus around the "well" elderly population and practices identified to address current aging trends. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Spring
GERO: Social Gerontology
10-544-204 GERO: SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY ...view of aging in respect to social roles and processes. Topics include history of aging, demographics, family relationships, social supports, economics, retirement, widowhood, poverty and politics of aging. (Prerequisite: 10-544-201, Intro to Gerontology; 10-801-136 English Comp 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
GERO: Alzheimer's & Dementia
10-544-205 GERO: ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA DISEASE of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Students will differentiate between stages of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. By analyzing normal brain processes and how these diseases affect brain function, students gain insight on best practices in responding to the needs of this population and their caregivers and loved ones. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Spring
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Math w Business Apps
10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Developmental Psychology
10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Accounting-for Non-Accountants
10-101-106 ACCOUNTING-FOR NON-ACCOUNTANTS ...teaching non-accountants to read, analyze, and interpret financial information for making informed business decisions. This class de-emphasizes the use of debits, credits, journal entries and other accounting procedures. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Customer Service
10-104-191 CUSTOMER SERVICE ...develop professional telephone etiquette, explore customer service work environments, identify and analyze customer service failures, resolve problems cost effectively, set complaint policies, and develop communication techniques to handle complaining customers. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
GERO: Death and Dying
10-544-206 GERO: DEATH AND DYING of losses across the lifespan associated with death and dying. Societal and personal views of death, dying, and bereavement and recommendations for healthy transitions in coping with loss will be explored. Course Typically Offered: Fall
GERO:Legal & Ethical Issues Ag
10-544-207 GERO: LEGAL & ETHICAL ISSUES OF AGING ...covers concepts and structures involved in the legal and ethical realm of gerontology including Power of Attorney for health care/finance, guardianships, trusts, reallocation of assets, spending down, Medicare/Medicaid benefits, supplemental insurance, Social Security, elder abuse/neglect, financial exploitation, reporting abuse/neglect and relevant governmental policy. Learners will be able to apply knowledge by learning advocacy techniques to benefit senior populations on a community, local, and federal level. (Corequisite: 10-544-204, Social Gerontology) Course Typically Offered: Fall
GERO: Generations & Diversity
10-543-210 GERO: GENERATIONS AND DIVERSITY IN AGING ...generational study and how experience and history affect the value and societal expectations of each generation. Also covered will be diversity trends among the older adults including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Focus on accommodations and accessibility for elderly. (Prerequisite: 10-544-204, Social Gerontology)
Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Marketing Principles
10-104-110 MARKETING PRINCIPLES management, market segmentation, market research, consumer behavior, product decisions and management of distribution, pricing, promotional decisions for strategy planning. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-196-191 SUPERVISION ...front-line leadership including teamwork, setting goals, planning, delegation, controlling, communication, motivation, performance management, staffing, training, problem solving, and conflict management. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
GERO:Developing Gerontology
10-544-208 GERO: DEVELOPING THE GERONTOLOGY PROFESSIONAL ...exploration of effective communication styles and interview techniques for developing rapport and relationships with aging populations. Other topics include ethics and boundaries, self-determination, case plan development and implementation, documentation skills, research and grant funding, and compassion fatigue. (Prerequisites: 10-544-207, GERO: Legal & Ethical Issues Aging; 10-544-210, GERO: Generations and Diversity in Aging) Course Typically Offered: Spring
GERO:Programs & Services Aging
10-544-209 GERO: PROGRAMS AND SERVICES IN AGING overview of social policy as it relates to aging and available federal funding for the senior consumer. Students will learn the resources available in the community, eligibility criteria, and how to access and coordinate services for seniors. Supplementing social networking and enhancing mental health functioning for the aging population will also be discussed. Students will explore different career fields within gerontology. (Prerequisites: 10-544-207, GERO: Legal and Ethical Issues of Aging; 10-544-210, GERO: Generations & Diversity Aging) Course Typically Offered: Spring
GERO: Gerontology Internship
10-544-212 GERO: GERONTOLOGY INTERNSHIP...students integrate concepts from all previous courses through supervised training in an appropriate setting and actual work experience and observation. Learners will further develop their critical thinking skills through communications and counseling experience, client assessment and case plan development and implementation. Learners will also share experiences and provide feedback online throughout the course. (Prerequisites: 10-544-207, Legal and Ethical Issues of Aging; 10-544-210, Gero:Generations and Diversity in Aging; Corequisites: 10-544-208, Gero: Developing the Gerontology Professional; 10-544-209, Gero: Programs and Services in Aging.) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Curriculum Note
. No final grade lower than a "C" is acceptable in any of the (10-544-xxx) courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, a grade of C is required.

Program Outcomes

• Provide recommendations for successful aging and optimal quality of life.
• Evaluate physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of aging.
• Identify and refer older adults to needed services.
• Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect safe, legal, and ethical gerontological practices.
• Evaluate and advocate in the area of aging public policy.
• Exhibit professional communication.
• Develop ethical and cultural awareness related to aging.
• Plan, develop, implement and deliver appropriate activities to meet physical, social, psychological needs of the aging population.
• Create a personal professional development plan.
• Incorporate evidence-based gerontology practices into delivery of services.
• Implement activities to meet the needs of the aging population.


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Flexible Learning Option

The entire Gerontology program is offered online WITH THE EXCEPTION of the internship in 4th semester.
The program may be completed in a part-time or full-time format.


• Students will be required to provide their own transportation to internship sites, and cover any other expenses related to internship experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances to internships.
• Dependent on the site, students may be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program. Dependent on site, students may be required to complete a background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
• Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.
Students may be required to complete drug testing by clinical agencies.
The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.