| Kaplan University Online
The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a rewarding career in a wide variety of helping professions. Students are taught to develop their talents, assess clients' needs, identify community resources, and problem solve and advocate for their client--all with the goal of making a difference in the life of those unable to help themselves. In the Gerontology concentration, the program focuses on the physical, mental, and psychosocial development of humans during the aging process. This emphasis area supports students with an interest in working directly with the growing aging population and as advocates for seniors in our society. The courses are designed to prepare graduates to work with the change process of aging and address how the aging population impacts social policy and program delivery.
Capella University Online
In this specialization, part of Capella’s CCNE-accredited MSN program, you will prepare to meet the growing need for nursing professionals with advanced gerontology skills. The curriculum, which is modeled on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Nursing Essentials and the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies, focuses on advanced theories, research, and evidence-based practices of caring for the aging client in various settings. You'll explore the physical, cognitive, emotional, and mental aspects of aging; examine alternative tools and strategies to assist in assessing, diagnosing, and delivering evidence-based care to aging clients; and expand your knowledge of health care laws and policies, health promotion and wellness, and the use of technology in gerontological care. Five field experiences, each connected to a specific course in your specialization, offer opportunities to put your courseroom learning into real-world action. Specialization faculty combine top credentials, leadership experience, and backgrounds in frontline nursing. Capella's multidisciplinary approach to nursing means you'll prepare to address gerontology issues by strategically collaborating with leaders across the public administration, public safety, and health care fields. People interested in this specialization include nurses pursuing roles as gerontology nurses, nurse managers, and nurse directors in nonprofit or for-profit health care organizations, long-term care facilities, community or government agencies, community colleges, or universities.