Associate Professors--de Vries, Schafer
M.A. in Gerontology
The academic program adheres to the criteria and guidelines established by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Eduation (AGHE) for professional master's level programs. In addition, the program sponsors an active graduate student organization (GO or Gerontology Organization), a student chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA), and a student chapter (Beta Xi) of Sigma Phi Omega, the national gerontological honor society. The program houses a 700-volume gerontology library, and provides a comfortable meeting place for student activities.
Interdisciplinary, Skill-Based Professional Education:The Gerontology Program orientation emphasizes an interdisciplinary, skill-based approach to professional education. To do this, it draws upon the strengths of the university and community as well as the expertise of the faculty.
The program resides in a richly diverse, multicultural environment which provides a natural laboratory for understanding and developing competencies around the aging experiences of different ethnic groups.
Students obtain knowledge of the discipline and its theoretical foundations. Students are prepared with tools which allow them to use quantitative and qualitative methods in applied research for solving a variety of practical problems in the community.
SFSU has a tradition of pioneering excellence in providing education opportunities for older adults, and today the Urban Elders Program (UEP) serves approximately 1,300 older adult students age 60 and over. The campus-based UEP provides an opportunity for students to learn and appreciate the contributions that aging persons make to each other, their families, and society.
Gerontology at SFSU includes advocacy for the aged in the community and actively engages in activities which promote healthy aging, independence, and links with other professionals to provide a community-based model of consumer-driven health and human service. Students can participate in learning and service where skills of program development and research grant writing, care management, community organizing, needs assessments, and program implementation and evaluation directly contribute to the community's well-being.
In addition to the above strengths, the Gerontology Program offers an academic emphasis in long-term care administration which prepares students to manage facilities for older adults along the continuum of care (home-based, community-based, and institutionally-based). Following two graduate seminars of course work focusing upon regulatory policy and facility management, students are placed in a 480-hour Administrator-in-Training internship in preparation for a state licensure examination. During their course of study, students have the opportunity to work and learn in multidisciplinary teams. Students develop skills in budgeting, staffing, and resident care as they become working professionals with an appreciation of communication, ethics, and mediation.
For example, long-term care administration is in a period of expansion and diversification. Professional requirements vary widely depending on state and federal regulations for the specific area of administration. Long-term care administrators manage and direct the daily operations of long-term care facilities. Employment opportunities for long-term care administrators are available and may be found in hospital systems, retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, sub-acute care facilities, home health care programs, geriatric centers, senior day care centers, special population programs (AIDS and mental health), and hospice facilities.
BIOL 331 Physiology of Aging 3
GRN 500 Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 3
GRN 638 Gerontology Field Work Seminar 2
GRN 639 Gerontology Field Work 1-3
PSY 630 Psychology of Aging or
SOC 630 Sociology of Aging 4
Elective courses with a particular focus, theme,
or set of skills with approval of gerontology
The Master of Arts in Gerontology consists of thirty units which includes required core courses (GRN prefix) and multidisciplinary electives (some of which can be taken in gerontology, and some of which can be taken in other departments). The required field work activity practicum consists of placement in the community. The required thesis/field study option is offered for three units. This usually translates into a two-year academic program. The Master of Arts in Gerontology emphasizes applied research in gerontology. While elements of good study design and research methodology are common to both basic and applied research, students are also specifically prepared to identify practical issues from which researchable questions may be derived. Numerous agencies collaborate with the graduate program in offering internships in direct service, management and administration, research, program development and evaluation, and clinical settings.
GRN 705 Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary
GRN 710 Aging Processes and Theory 3
GRN 715 Aging and Social Intervention 3
GRN 760 Research Methods in Gerontology 3
GRN 838 Gerontology Internship Seminar (2)
GRN 839 Gerontology Internship (3)
GRN 839 Gerontology Internship (6)
[required for LTCA] 5-6
Students develop, in consultation with their
Gerontology Program advisers, a focused
selection of electives meeting their
particular needs. No more than two
courses from any department (not includ-
ing Gerontology) should be selected.
One of the following: 3
GRN 895 Field Study
GRN 898 Master's Thesis
Minimum total 30
GRN 525 Literature on Aging: A Humanistic
GRN 720 Profession of Gerontology
GRN 725 Ethnogerontology
GRN 730 Social Work and the Aged
GRN 735 Ethical Issues and the Aged
GRN 740 Long-Term Care Administration I
(Required for LTCA)
GRN 745 Long-Term Care Administration II
(Required for LTCA)
GRN 750 Home Care Management
GRN 775 Issues in Gerontology (selected
GRN 897 Gerontology Research
GRN 899 Special Study
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