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Associate of Applied Science in Gerontology

Program Details

Due to the increasing demand for individuals who are capable of caring for the aging population, Portland Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree with a concentration in Gerontology.  The social, psychological and biological study of adults between the ages of 65-85 requires well educated and trained individuals passionate about improving research and providing proper social cues to include an older age group.  The study of gerontology may be applied to a wide variety of careers: medicine, social work, therapy, psychology, sociology, economics, political science, geography, urban planning, nursing, public health, and anthropology, to name a few.  

Students in the program must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours to earn the AAS designation.  The required coursework is comprised of topics of interest applicable to individuals studying the social, mental and physical changes in humans as they age.  In addition to core general education courses and an internship, students of the gerontology concentration will study: Aging and Addiction, Ethical Issues, Psychology of Adult Development, Social Gerontology, Sociology of Aging, cultural differences in Death and Dying and Sociology of Health and Aging.

Graduates should develop the dynamic research and societal skills appropriate for working with an aging population.  The constant technological increases in medicine and healthcare are allowing people to live longer, healthier lives, and also increasing the need for professionals able to assist in health care services, financial and legal services, leisure, life-long learning, hospitality, fitness and wellness areas.


  • High school and/or college transcripts

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


Portland Community College is a member of NC-SARA. This program may not be authorized for students residing in non-member states and territories.