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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.

Do You Have Questions About Gerontology?

Visit our Gerontology Department web pages for answers to these and many other questions:

  • What makes the ARC Gerontology program one of the best programs in the nation?
  • Does ARC offer fully online gerontology degrees and courses?
  • What is Gerontology, and what is the Gerontological Perspective?
  • Does a Gerontology degree provide career security?
  • What do Gerontologists do, and where do they work?
  • What types of positions do Gerontologists obtain?

Course, Degree, and Certificate Advisories

  • GERON 302/PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging is no longer being offered at ARC. As of the fall semester of 2024, GERON 305/PSYC 375 Introduction to Geropsychology and the Aging Brain is the formal substitution for GERON 302/PSYC 374 across all ARC Gerontology programs, regardless of catalog year. GERON 305/PSYC 375 has much better transferability to the CSUS & UC university systems than GERON 302/PSYC 374.
  • New gerontology associate of science degrees will be available soon to prepare students for transfer into programs in the CSUS College of Health and Human Services such as Social Work, Communication Science & Disorders, Recreation Therapy, Health Science, and Public Health programs.
  • The Social Services Designee course and certificate are being revised and the course will not be offered in the 2024-2025 school year.
  • These programs are no longer being offered:
    • Senior Fitness Specialist
    • Activity Leaders/Coordinators
    • RCFE Administrator Training