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2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Social Work
Degree Plan: Gerontology Certificate

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit:

(Level 1 Certificate)

Eastfield campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.SCWK.GERONTOL.19

The aging of the population is one of the most important demographic trends currently affecting the United States. The 60-plus population is growing more rapidly than any other major population group. Individuals who have studied gerontology (study in aging) are in high demand as expanding opportunities exist among individuals who provide direct services to older adults. Gerontology complements a variety of existing degree and certificate programs. Almost every area of study or practice that deals with people or their needs has a branch that is devoted to aging. This certificate will provide specific knowledge and skills in working with and relating to the older population.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
GERS 1301 Introduction to Gerontology 3
GERS 1310 Social Work and the Aging OR 3
SCWK 1313 Introduction to Social Work (3)
GERS 1304 Activity Directing 1 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
GERS 1307 Activity Directing 2 3
SCWK 2301 Assessment and Case Management 3
GERS 2366 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Adult Development and Aging 3
Semester Total 9
Minimum Hours Required 18

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.