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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontology Specialist

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The Gerontology Specialist certificate is designed for individuals working with our growing older population. The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding of the aging process and how to better relate to the older adult. The certificate will consist of eight one-credit courses on the web with face-to-face seminars, offered to a cohort group, over a two-semester period. Students are required to complete an Application for Admission. Students may start Fall or Spring semester.

ASM 150  , ASM 155  , ASM 160  , ASM 165  , ASM 180  and ASM 200  also meet the diversity requirement. Three ASM courses must be taken to fulfill the requirement because they are one credit each.

For more information about the Gerontology Specialist certificate, please visit our website at

Locations: Ankeny

Students start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Gerontology certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 8

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1
Books (approximate) 1,200-16,00

Approximate total for program: $2,376-2,776*

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

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Work with the elderly in a variety of settings.
  • Work with the families of the elderly.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Ability to communicate with the elderly.
  • Awareness of the aging process.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with the elderly, their families and community agencies.
  • Ability to work with and like people who are older.
  • Effective oral and written communication.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. 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. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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