Gerontology

The Gerontology program is for individuals who wish to develop a career in the fast-growing field of aging.  If you find satisfaction in addressing the challenges of those who are growing older and enjoy interacting with this population, then this may be the career path for you.

The program prepares students to work with older adults in a wide variety of settings including senior centers, adult day centers, home care, retirement communities, assisted living, recreation and leisure programs, community organizations, government agencies, hospice and nursing homes.  Learn how to respond to the interests and needs of older persons by providing opportunities, programs and care that makes a positive impact on their lives.

This program focuses on a multi-disciplinary perspective on aging, which provides opportunities for:  students looking to start a new career that has diverse employment opportunities; current service providers and health professionals wanting to expand their knowledge or skill set; and individuals seeking to enrich their own or their family members’ lives as they grow older.

Why choose the Gerontology program at WCCC?

  • One of the only Associate of Applied Science Gerontology degrees offered in Colorado
  • Day, evening and online classes that promote experiential learning opportunities
  • Three technical certificates available to specialize in a particular area of interest

The Associate of Applied Science Gerontology degree is for individuals who wish to develop careers in the field of aging; those already employed in gerontology or related fields who wish to enhance their career paths; and those seeking a challenging and meaningful career change in response to new opportunities created by an aging society.

Academic Requirements

The Activity Assistant certificate is for individuals who wish to develop careers in the field of aging; those already employed in gerontology or related fields who wish to enhance their career paths; and those seeking a challenging and meaningful career change in response to new opportunities created by an aging society.

Academic Requirements

The Behavioral and Cognitive Care certificate is for individuals who wish to develop careers in the field of aging; those already employed in gerontology or related fields who wish to enhance their career paths; and those seeking a challenging and meaningful career change in response to new opportunities created by an aging society.

Academic Requirements

The End of Life Care and Support certificate is for individuals who wish to develop careers in the field of aging; those already employed in gerontology or related fields who wish to enhance their career paths; and those seeking a challenging and meaningful career change in response to new opportunities created by an aging society.

Academic Requirements

Career Opportunities

  • Life enrichment assistant
  • Care advocate
  • Memory care activities assistant
  • Social services assistant
  • Director of resident activities
  • Hospice associate
  • Assisted living care manager
  • Aging programs support
  • Senior living activity director