Programs And Courses

Gerontology (3470)

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Gerontology: Associate in Arts (AA)  (3470)

ATTENTION: This program has been inactivated by the department for Fall 2018 and will no longer be available for new student enrollments. Interested new students should consider reviewing the Gerontology AAS degree (major code #3476) - new Fall 2018.

Do you enjoy working with the aging population and want to promote their quality of life? If you are a caregiver by nature and want to work in a field that allows you to help others live better, the field of gerontology may be the perfect fit. Our Gerontology Program is available online and designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed for employment in the field of elder care.

Students who display the following skills are often interested in this program.

  • Dedication to learning the latest trends in research and practice
  • Empathy
  • Excellent communication
  • Problem solving
  • Works well with others

What can I do with this in the workforce? 

Following graduation from HACC, you will be ready to pursue an entry-level position in aging services, such as:

  • Academic and research settings
  • Activity and recreation
  • Allied health
  • Long-term care and healthcare administration
  • Marketing and business
  • Professional organizations
  • Retirement communities
  • Social services

You also can work in government agencies and volunteer programs.

What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

Conveniently YOURS, our program is offered entirely online and will provide you with an in-depth study in international aging, long-term care leadership and management. Your coursework will involve topics, such as:

  • Business
  • Nutrition
  • Life-cycle development
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

As a result, you will learn the general concepts and practices used in the aging field today.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with an elderly person and explore the various careers available in this field.

As a graduate of our program, you will have the foundation you need to:

  • Discuss the basic demographics of aging with emphasis on gender, race, culture, socioeconomic status, work, religion and ethnicity
  • Apply basic principles of gerontology to social and health issues, such as health behavior and health promotion
  • Summarize the physical, mental, social and psychological aspects of aging
  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of legal and ethical issues related to aging and end of life issues
  • Identify the changing landscape of long-term care as well as issues and trends that impact the administration and management of long-term care settings
  • Explain gender by identifying the status, roles and experiences of aging men and women in society
  • Discuss major topics in gerontology worldwide as well as across cultures and nations
  • Identify death and dying cultural attitudes and feelings as well as the psychological stages of the terminally ill
  • Articulate effective communication skills and perspectives necessary to develop an empathetic relationship with an elderly person

What classes will I take?

We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Yes! Although this program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, transfer opportunities are available should you choose to continue your education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in gerontology, social work or healthcare management.

Our two-year degree programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.


Where can I complete this program?

You can complete the entire program from home! Since we offer this program entirely online through Virtual Learning, you are able to work around YOUR schedule.  If you prefer in-class instruction, you may also complete the program at our Harrisburg Campus by taking some courses through Virtual Learning.

Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! With approximately 200 scholarships available through the HACC Foundation, you have the opportunity to offset the cost of your tuition. We encourage you to learn more by visiting

When can I apply?

You can enroll in the spring, summer and fall by visiting our website. When you apply, please make sure you include program code 3470. This unique program code ensures you apply to the correct one.

How can I learn more?

Helpfully YOURS, we want to support you with a strong educational foundation. To request more information about this exciting associate degree program, please contact an admissions counselor or our health and public service department chair Melinda Eash to request more information. Enroll now!