Gerontology

GERT 1000 UNDERSTANDING THE GERONOTOLOGICAL CLIENT (30-0-2)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
This course provides a description of the aging client in the aging services network as well as an examination of sociological, psychological, and biological aspects of aging.

GERT 1010 AGING SERVICES ENVIRONMENT (30-0-2)
Prerequisite: None
This course provides a description of the aging services environment including federal, state, and local roles and responsibilities as well as an examination of service specifications.

GERT 1020 BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF AGING (30-0-2)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
This course addresses behavioral health issues associated with aging, including psycho-social impact of cultural and cohort influences; a discussion of prevention, diagnosis, assessment, and intervention; as well as an examination of pertinent legislation.

GERT 1030 GERONTOLOGICAL NUTRITION (15-0-1)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
This course provides a study of the nutritional needs of the individual, including older adults. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education.

GERT 1040 HEALTHY AGING (30-0-2)
Prerequisite: None
This course provides an examination of lifestyles conducive to healthy aging and considers the role of nutrition, exercise, safety, and lifelong learning.

GERT 1050 PRINCIPLES OF HOME HEALTH CARE (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
This course provides discussion of the development of modern home care focusing on the elderly and the values of keeping families together in times of illness while maintaining a therapeutic environment.

GERT 1060 ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: None
This course provides an examination of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia; the foundation for caregiving; and an emphasis on therapeutic techniques. This course involves experiential learning activities as well as didactic learning experiences.

GERT 1070 LEGAL AND ETHICAL ASPECTS OF AGING (45-0-3)
Prerequisite: None
This course provides an exploration of legal and ethical issues and the relationship to nursing care of the gerontological client; a review of laws which govern and protect the aging client as well as a review of moral principles and values that guide human behaviors.

GERT 1080 DEATH AND DYING (30-0-2)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
This course provides an understanding of the death and dying process as a normal part of the life cycle and an examination of the specific care needed to care for the dying patient and family as they complete the last stage of growth and development.

GERT 2000 GERONTOLOGY PRACTICUM I (0-225-5)
Prerequisites: GERT 1000, GERT 1010, GERT 1030
This course provides the student with the opportunity to gain experience in an actual clinical/job setting. Students will be placed in an appropriate facility throughout the semester. On-the-job training topics include: orientation to the profession; communication; roles and responsibilities of a Geriatric Specialist; legal and safety requirements in the field of gerontology; equipment use; and performance skills standards and procedures.

GERT 2010 GERONTOLOGY PRACTICUM II (0-225-5)
Prerequisite: GERT 2000
This course builds on the concepts presented in Gerontology Practicum I and develops the skills necessary for successful performance in the job market.