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Gerontology

A Master of Science Degree in Gerontology will provide the opportunity for students to gain knowledge of the needs of the geriatric population and to care properly for the geriatric patients in both social and healthcare environments.


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Director: Alice McDonnell, M.P.A., Dr. P.H.

About

Marywood University established the Gerontology Institute in 1978 to provide interdisciplinary graduate education focused on the issues of aging. Four cooperating graduate programs form the core of the institute. They are the master’s degree programs in Counseling and Psychology, Nutrition, Public Administration, and Social Work. Faculty members in each of these programs offer specialized courses in gerontology to students pursuing graduate professional education in a number of service areas.

The Gerontology Institute offers graduate students the opportunity to focus their educational experiences on the problems of aging in American society and to develop specialized skills that will enable them to better serve the large and growing population of elderly in Marywood’s service area.

Students may elect to take courses within the institute to augment their graduate programs. Because needs are so varied, each student’s course of study is designed with consideration for individual goals, academic background, and professional experience. Courses of study will be planned in close consultation with the chairperson of the student’s master’s program to ensure meeting all requirements.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Gerontology Institute of Marywood University functions to involve constituents and other interested parties in the programming of the Gerontology Institute and to help the University develop and implement an educational program that is responsive to the needs of professionals working with the elderly. The Advisory Board acts as a network of support and information which is directed toward addressing the continuing education needs of those who work with the elderly. The membership includes individuals who represent the disciplines of counseling, nursing, nutrition, psychology, social work, and others interested in serving the needs of the elderly.

M.S. in Gerontology

A master’s degree in Gerontology will offer students an opportunity to be better prepared for a career in health care fields related to the elderly. It will offer health care professionals the knowledge and ability to make continuous changes and improvements in how the elderly are cared for. Health care providers and administrators with gerontology backgrounds will be very valuable in the changing market place.

This program will provide the opportunity for students in the fields such as health care administration, nursing, nutrition, social work, public administration, and counseling/psychology to gain knowledge of the needs of the geriatric population—to care properly for the geriatric patients in both social and health care environments. The curriculum will prepare graduates to work more creatively, and do so in an ethical and moral fashion. As the population ages, it will be important for health care workers to adapt to their changing responsibilities, and feel comfortable that the risks they take for attempts at improvement are based upon a solid education and background.

39 credits are required for this degree. Sequencing of non-elective courses required:

GER 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology
3
GER 520/PSYC 540 Psychological Perspectives on the Aging
3
GER 525 Aging Changes and Health
3
GER 590/N D 590 Research Methodology
3
GER 591/N D 591 Statistical Analysis
3
GER 597 Internship Practicum
3
GER 599 Practitioners Seminar in Administration
3
GER 527 Gerontological Services Administration
3
GER 528 Administration of Long-Term Care
3
GER 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly
3
GER 511 Ethics in Management
3
GER 555 Professional Contribution
3
GER 583/BIOL 583 Emerging Medicines and Technologies
3

Master’s in Gerontology/Master of Social Work

A Master’s Degree in Gerontology and Social Work will offer students an opportunity to be better prepared for a career in health care fields related to the elderly. It will offer health care professionals the knowledge and ability to make continual changes and improvements in how the elderly are cared for. Health care providers and administrators with gerontology backgrounds will be very valuable in the changing market place.

The dual degree program is designed for those who wish to combine the development of administrative and managerial expertise in defined service areas with the knowledge, skills, and values of the social work profession. The joint focus prepares students for a range of professional options and opportunities. Participation in a dual degree program permits the student to earn the M.S.W. degree with the M.S. Gerontology in a manner that expedites the time required, by crediting work earned for one degree to the requirements of the other.

Interested students must make application for admission to both programs.

81 semester hours

MSW Classroom Credits (36 semester hours)

SW 501 Theory & Practice of Social Work I 3
SW 502 Theory & Practice of Social Work II 3
SW 511 Advanced Social Work Practice 3
SW 512 Advanced Social Work Practice 3
or
SW 532 Administration II
SW 531 Administration in Social Work Practice I 3
SW 601 Human Behavior I 3
SW 602 Human Behavior II 3
SW 701 SW Research Design & Methodology 3
SW 702 Social Work Research II: Implementation & Analysis 3
SW 801 Introduction to Social Welfare 3
SW 802 Social Welfare Policy II 3
SW 971 Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice 3

Social Work Practicum (15 semester hours)

SW 591 Field Education Experience I 3
SW 592 Field Education Experience II 4
SW 595 or SW597 Field Education Experience III 4
SW 596 or SW598 Field Education Experience IV 4

MS Gerontology Classroom Credits (30 semester hours)

GER 510 Concepts and Issues in Gerontology 3
GER 511 Ethics in Management 3
GER 520/PSY 540 Psychological Perspectives on Aging 3
GER 525 Aging Changes and Health 3
GER 527 Gerontological Services Administration 3
GER 528 Administration of Long-Term Care 3
GER 529 Planning Health Care Services for the Elderly 3
GER 555 Professional Contribution 0
HSA 520 Introduction to Health Services Administration 3
HSA 537 Managerial Decision Making in Health Care Organizations 3
HSA 538 Institutional Budgeting and Planning 3

Guidelines and Internship

AGHE, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, was consulted for curriculum guidelines and standards. Marywood’s former Certificate in Gerontology received an AGHE Program of Merit accreditation and will seek the same for the master’s degree, making it the only school in the Northeast to offer such a program.

The Research Theory course, Internship, and Professional Contribution must focus on gerontology research and practice. The program director must approve and mentor these activities. The internship should be within an organization and/or facility which includes experiences with both well-functioning older persons and those with disabilities/diseases common to the aging process.

For the internship, learning objectives must be submitted initially, followed by a conference among student, program director, and external preceptor. Once all learning objectives are clarified and reviewed, the student may register for the experience.

Degree Requirements

For degree requirements, the Professional Contribution requires a written proposal submitted to the Program Director for approval, followed by a conference prior to registration. Each student participates in the Practitioners Seminar to integrate/apply knowledge and practice. Please refer to Internship Guidelines and Professional Contribution, which are available in the School of Social Work and Administrative Studies.


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