Social and Human Services – Aging (AS) degree program is designed to prepare the student for position as human service practitioners/professionals to work with the aging population in environments such as government agencies, private agencies, short and long-term acute care facilities, nursing homes, community-based, residential, group home, and other environments that provides care and services to the aging population. Course content includes human growth and development, case management, assessment, and supervised fieldwork experiences.
An important part of the program at the College of Health and Allied Development is the supervised field work experience that the student receives in an agency, organization, or program of his/her choice.
Upon completion of the Social and Human Services – Aging (AS) degree program graduates will:
- Demonstrate a general knowledge and understanding of the human services delivery system and human services occupations.
- Apply effective written and verbal communication.
- Apply knowledge of wellness and disease concepts to real life situations.
- Utilize information technology applications in human services.
- Understand the importance of legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities.
- Demonstrate proficiency in client assessment and evaluation.
- Apply case management skills in real life situations.
- Compare client intervention strategies and skills.
- Display a general understanding of the psychological, physical, and social aspects of the aging process.
- Examine how factors such as health, finances, and social roles influence familial role changes and independence.
- Display an understanding of the prevention, recognition, and reporting of elder abuse and neglect.
- Demonstrate effective assessment and referral techniques in working with the elderly.