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Gerontology, Certificate of Achievement


Gerontology, the interdisciplinary study of aging, offers students an understanding of their own aging and of society’s response to the increasing population of older people. Biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging are explored. The coursework for the Certificate of Achievement in Gerontology will provide information about the aging process and training to work in services and agencies that interact with older people. Many of the courses are cross disciplinary and, therefore, can count towards the Certificate of Achievement as well as the general education requirements for the A.A. Degree. Coursework will also transfer as elective and general education requirements to a four-year institution.

Students have the option of completing the 21-unit Certificate of Achievement in Gerontology on its own or in conjunction with the A.A. degree. Those seeking new careers in gerontology and/or transfer to a four-year institution should complete the Associate of Arts Degree requirements in conjunction with those for the Gerontology Certificate of Achievement.

Coastline College students completing the A.A. Degree and Gerontology Certificate of Achievement qualify for our degree partnership with CSUF. For information about the Coastline College/Cal State Fullerton degree partnership in human services and gerontology call (714) 241-2613 at Coastline College or Human Services Office, CSUF, (714) 278-2255.

Coastline College and CSU Long Beach have a partnership that allows a maximum of 6 units (SOC C120 Introduction to Gerontology and 3 units of elective courses) to be applied to CSULB’s 15 unit Gerontology Minor. Contact (714) 241-6213 at Coastline College or the Gerontology Department at CSULB for further information.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply major theories and principles of the field to everyday life and determine the impact of these theories on the aging individual and/or society as a whole.
  2. Apply effective communication skills in a variety of settings.
  3. Support opinions/ideas using solid research principles.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the required coursework with a grade of C or higher in each course. To receive the certificate, the student must file a petition for graduation during his/her final semester. In addition:

Certificate of Achievement

  • Student must be in attendance at the time requirements are completed.
  • Students must also earn a minimum of 12 units of coursework at Coastline, excluding experiential credit.
  • A student with prior experience may be excused from certain certificate courses.
  • 50 percent of the certificate program’s units must be completed at Coastline no matter how the total number of units required for the certificate can be met.
Course Title Units
Required Core 1
Students will complete all of the following:
BIOL C120Biology of Aging3
or GERO C122 Biology of Aging
PSYC C170Psychology of Aging3
or GERO C170 Psychology of Aging
SOC C120Introduction to Gerontology3
or GERO C121 Introduction to Gerontology
GERO C220Professional Issues in Gerontology3
Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR Card 2
Program Electives 3
Select a minimum of six units of the following:6
Nutrition and Aging
Nutrition and Aging
Home Care
Issues in Gerontology
Issues in Gerontology
Issues in Gerontology
Issues in Gerontology
Care of Frail Elderly
Aging in a Multicultural Society
Healthy Aging
Healthy Aging
Probate Administration/Estate Planning
Elder Law
Program Field Courses 1
Complete the following course:
GERO C273Careers in Gerontology - A Field Practicum3
Total for Major21