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California’s population is aging. Approximately 29% of Californians are already over age 55, 33% will be 55+ by 2033 and in 2060, 38% of Californians will be 55+. This trend has increased the demand for a workforce with specialized knowledge of the older population and aging. We offer degrees and certificates that will prepare you to start your career in the expanding field of aging or transfer to a university.

The gerontology occupational associate of arts degrees prepare students for employment in the field of aging or transfer to a university. The program curricula are mapped to the Gerontological Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education published by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the educational branch of the Gerontological Society of America. Graduates of these programs meet the Gerontological Coordinator credential requirement of the National Association for Professional Gerontologists (NAPG). These degrees require core gerontology, human services, and communication courses, work experience, and specialization courses.

The regular gerontology associate of arts degree prepares students for transfer into the gerontology bachelor’s program offered by the College of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. The degree requires core gerontology courses and lower division prerequisites for the Sacramento State gerontology program.

The gerontology occupational certificates of achievement require the same courses as the occupational degrees, except they do not require general education courses. Students who have already satisfied the general education course requirements in another program receive an AA after completing the certificate requirements.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • A.A. in Gerontology: Administrative
  • A.A. in Gerontology: Advocacy and Social Policy
  • A.A. in Gerontology: Case Management and Social Services
  • A.A. in Gerontology: Geriatric Health Care
  • A.A. in Gerontology: Recreation
  • A.A. in Gerontology
  • Gerontology: Administrative Certificate
  • Gerontology: Advocacy and Social Policy Certificate
  • Gerontology: Case Management and Social Services Certificate
  • Gerontology: Geriatric Health Care Certificate
  • Gerontology: Recreation Certificate
  • Senior Caregiver Specialist Certificate
  • Social Service Designee Certificate