College of Nursing


Gerontology

M.S. in Gerontology

Program Purpose

The program¿s main purpose is in preparing leaders and in the field of aging to meet the demands of population aging in relation to leadership roles in services and programs for older adults, care management, adult education, research, and long-term care administration in private, public, non-profit, and government sectors. The M.S. degree in Gerontology is both interprofessional and interdisciplinary and follows the educational guidelines of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological, psychological, and social dimensions of the aging process.
  • demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theories, and approaches to research in the study of the aging process, including the understanding of an interdisciplinary approach and the use of multi-methods in the study of the aging process.
  • demonstrate an understanding of healthy aging as life course process involving the interplay of hereditary, behavioral, environmental, social and economic influences in conjunction with the role of biomedical/health care systems. Students are encouraged to view aging as a phenomenon fraught with variability, consisting of opportunities for continued development and growth, as well as the challenges associated with chronic conditions, frailty, and potentially stressful life transitions faced by some aging individuals.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the macro (e.g., social-demographic) and meso (e.g., home and community), and micro (e.g., physiological/biological) influences on the aging process and the interaction among all levels through the use of the ecological conceptual model.
  • be able to identify, analyze, and assess information from a variety of sources and perspectives and indicate the ability to apply technological advancements (e.g., social media) in the various domains of educational gerontology.
  • be prepared to work directly with older adults in variety of service program settings, long-term care facilities, government agencies, community-based non-profit organizations, lifelong learning programs, and in private care management practice.