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Gerontology - Diploma (0231)

Do you enjoy working with the aging population and want to promote their quality of life? Do you currently work in senior facilities and need to enhance your current skill set? Our program will help further enhance the knowledge and skills that you already have or prepare you for the gerontology field by addressing the basic principles and issues within the aging field.

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

  • Dedication to learning the latest trends in research and practice
  • Enjoys working with others
  • Empathy
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem solving

Valuably YOURS, we offer the ability to earn your Gerontology diploma fully online. Let us be your start in a rewarding career!

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Our program helps you to expand you knowledge and employment opportunities within the gerontology field. Graduates are to find entry-level jobs in settings such as:

  • nursing homes
  • personal care/assisted living communities
  • home health care
  • senior centers and hospice care

We also offer the opportunity for you to continue your education and earn a certificate  or associate degree in gerontology. Or, pursue further study in related areas, such as:

  • Allied health
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Social work


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From our leading professors, you will explore the skills needed for caring for our aging population. As part of the program, you will complete 20 hours of volunteering and gain knowledge in the areas of:

  • Allied health
  • Gerontology
  • Mental health
  • Social service

By completing our program, you will:

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
  • Utilize current technologies, tools and applications
  • Discuss the basic demographics of aging
  • Apply basic principles of gerontology to social and health issues
  • Recognize differences between normal aging and disease-related aging
  • Summarize the physical, mental, social and psychological aspects of aging
  • Articulate skills and perspectives necessary to develop an empathetic relationship with an older person
  • Identify the need for teamwork to provide optimal care for the aging population
  • 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.
  • Review our new academic maps (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

Yes! Although this program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, your coursework can transfer into our certificate or associate degree in gerontology.

All the courses within this 17-credit diploma roll into the 30-credit Gerontology certificate. Similarly, all the courses in the 30-credit certificate roll into the 61-credit Gerontology AAS. At each degree completion,you may apply to graduate from that degree. As a result, when you graduate from HACC with an AAS in gerontology, you will also have two other degrees gerontology from HACC!

Saint Francis University - Francis Worldwide: Gerontology (A.A.S.) (pdf)

Virtually YOURS, we offer the opportunity to complete your diploma completely online through virtual learning.



Yes! We offer many scholarships through the HACC Foundation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility requirements. To learn how to apply, please visit

You can enroll anytime for classes in the spring, summer and fall. Visit our website and submit your application using the specific program code 0231. This code ensures you apply for the correct program.



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Current HACC students, please contact our Advising Department with any questions.