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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Aging Services Management, Adult Services, AAS

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The Aging Services Management AAS degree provides students with the coursework to qualify as administrators or directors of Residential Care Facilities, Assisted Living programs, Adult Day Care programs, home and community-based services and other agencies that work with the elderly. Administrators or directors play a vital role in planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling the operation of adult services programs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are strongly advised to contact one of the staff members in Aging Services Management in Bldg. 24, Room 208A (Ankeny Campus) or call 515-964-6814 regarding additional important information.

For more information about the Aging Service Management program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/aging.

Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Students may start any semester.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Aging Services Management, Adult Services Track, AAS degree, a student must complete the standard core requirements for the degree, plus the required and option courses and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1

Semester 2


If you are planning to work in a residential care facility, it is recommended that you take SOC 110  - Introduction to Sociology and PSY 111  - Introduction to Psychology to fulfill the Social & Behavioral Sciences component of the AAS degree Core requirements.

Semester 3

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree, Adult Services Track - 64*

*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$178.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books 150-1100 125-550 100-450 100-750 75-500
Supplies 25-100 25-100 25-100 25-100 25-100

The costs for the program are estimates and subject to change. All students are required to pay for and obtain their own DCI and abuse registry check (one for each last name change and maiden), physical, and TB test. Agency Experience cannot be done without this information.


Approximate total for program: $12,067-$15,242**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Plan, organize, direct and control the operation of a healthcare facility.
  • Recruit and hire professional and nonprofessional persons for the facility staff.
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate work of staff.
  • Participate in developing and leading continuing training and in-service education.
  • Supervise operation of various departments such as business, nursing, dietary, laundry maintenance and housekeeping.
  • Participate in preparation of annual budget, annual financial report, and reports for publications.
  • Act as a public relations representative.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Ability to initiate and maintain a leadership role.
  • Ability to direct, manage and evaluate personnel.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with residents, staff and community agencies.
  • Ability to work with numbers to prepare financial reports and budgets.
  • Ability to work with and like people who are older and/or chronically ill or disabled.
  • Awareness of the need for continual personal and professional growth.
  • Effective oral and written communications.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • The program courses (ASM) are a combination of seminars and group meetings.
  • Attendance at all course seminars is required.
  • Offers excellent opportunities for returning students.
  • Average starting salary $60,000-$75,000+(Sources: www.bls.gov and www.onetonline.org)

Program Competencies

  1. Identify the history and characteristics of the continuum of care.
  2. Describe the management process, functions, the roles, and responsibilities of an administrator in the continuum of care setting.
  3. Analyze supervisory techniques in order to maintain and improve programs and resident/client care.
  4. Specify the major elements of a human resource management program.
  5. Assess the results of human resource management and communication and their effect on the working environment.
  6. Appraise resources available in the continuum of care environment using from an informal information networks
  7. Examine physical, cognitive and psychosocial characteristics of elderly, mentally handicapped and/or developmentally disabled clients/residents.
  8. Evaluate/appraise the client/resident needs through internal and existing community resources to meet those needs.
  9. Relate theory and research to policy concerns of gerontology, disability and rehabilitation.
  10. Demonstrate methods of program adoption for special disabled and/or geriatric populations’
  11. Analyze the effect of governmental rules and regulations on long-term care, assisted living, adult day care, HCBS, and residential care.
  12. Analyze financial practices in the continuum of care including cost and labor hour controls, third party payment, evaluation of profit/loss and fiscal reports.
  13. Assess case law, court structure procedures and torts, litigation, labor law, liability, licensure, certification, resident rights, reimbursement and living wills as the relate to the continuum of care.
  14. Identify situations that have potential legal implications in the continuum of care.
  15. Analyze the dynamics of individual legal rights and legal obligations in the continuum of care.
  16. Recognize differences in the day-to-day operation of facilities in the continuum of care.
  17. Identify the key role the administrator plays in the implantation of person directed care.
  18. Integrate “real world” experiences through interaction and communication with professionals, staff, and fellow students.
  19. Appraise future trends and identify potential program development
  20. Evaluate the role of the continuum of care services and health care delivery systems                                                                                            

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx.(2021)

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