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Below is information on the Gerontology programs at HACC. Programs include Credit Diploma (0231),  Certificate (3300) and Associate in Applied Science - Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses. These programs can be completed entirely on-line.

What is gerontology?

Gerontology programs help students develop sensitivity and competence for the aging population.

Students can utilize these skills in multiple fields:

  • Allied health
  • Social services
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Wellness
  • Administrative


What occupations use gerontology?

Many occupations use gerontology. These occupations include:

  • Nurse aide/nursing assistant
  • Home health aide
  • Practical nurse
  • Registered nurse
  • Social service worker
  • Administrator or manager


How much do gerontology careers pay?

Salaries vary based on level and type of employment.


What is the employment outlook?

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 43% of adults will be 50 or older by 2010. Pennsylvania has the second largest percentage of individuals over 65 in the nation. The aging population will continue growing. The need for skilled Gerontology staff is high.

Facilities that serve the aging population employ Gerontology students. Students work at:

  • Hospitals
  • Home health agencies
  • Retirement communities
  • Government entities
  • Other businesses


What is the goal of HACC's Gerontology program?

HACC focuses gerontology courses on basic principles and gerontology issues. Course content includes:

  • Allied health
  • Social service
  • Mental health and dementia
  • Psychosocial aspects of aging
  • Wellness
  • 20 volunteer hours of service learning

The Gerontology program is a helpful addition to health career and social services majors. Many students make gerontology a second area of emphasis.


How do I enroll in the program?

HACC offers gerontology (GERT) courses online only. Gerontology classes are one-credit courses. HACC approves each course for 12 continuing education credits for Personal Care/Assisted Living administrators.

To enroll, you must complete:

  • Application to the college
  • College placement testing in reading and writing

Virtual Learning Admission Steps

Students can transfer credits from other colleges. Students must also complete a service learning component. The volunteer experience lasts for ten weeks, 2 hours per week.

GERT 100, 101, 102 and 103 meet 12 hours of continuing education credit for the following students:

  • Personal Care and Assisted Living Home Administrators
  • Direct Care Workers
  • RNs


What are the required courses for all the programs?

Download a list of  Required Courses with course descriptions (pdf)

What are the estimated expenses?

Download Estimated Expenses (pdf) for a list of additional expenses. This covers all 3 programs.


How can I advance my education?

You can apply courses from the Gerontology Diploma track to other HACC degrees.

Interested in continuing your education? Gerontology students can transfer all 61 credits of our Associate of Applied Science to St. Francis University to earn an online Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science! See more details here: (link to flyer)


Where can I get more information?


Who can I contact for more information?

Contact the Gerontology Co-Coordinators: 

Kathy L. Sicher, MHA, 717-780-2300 x710992

Annamarie Fazzolari, MHA, 717-780-2300 x 710663