Learner Outcomes for Gerontology

The aim of the Gerontology degree program is to provide the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to understand individual and societal influences on aging, and their relevance to function, health, and well-being throughout the adult life span. The emphasis for the learner is on demonstrating the knowledge of a comprehensive integration of many disciplines.

Bachelor of Arts, Gerontology


Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts, Gerontology program should be able to:

  1. Recognize common myths, assumptions and attitudes concerning aging;
  2. Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge of healthy aging as a developmental process;
  3. Critically analyze both historical and current theories on aging;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of aging within societies;
  5. Show understanding of autonomy, sense of control, and independence as related to the health, well-being and quality of life of older persons;
  6. Reflect an understanding of the aging process from a biological, social, psychological and physical perspective;
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of social support and spirituality in the well-being and health of older people;
  8. Understand the role of the gerontologist in promoting intellectual, social, spiritual, and physical adaptation in people who are aging;
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of medical and mental health issues that affect older persons;
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of legal issues related to older persons, including guardianship and advance directives;
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of death and dying issues, including suicide risk, impact on individuals and families, the nature of hospital services, and legal and social policy issues affecting treatment of dying persons;
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of family as caregivers and interventions to assist them;
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of abuse and neglect of older persons, including types; indicators; and prevention, intervention, and treatment methods;
  14. Recognize the common difficulties in communication that are experienced in old age;
  15. Determine the strengths of older individuals as a basis for selecting interventions and increasing capacities for later life development;
  16. Determine the effects of cultural and religious views on older persons’ responses to aging, family relations, health, medical treatment, and service utilization;
  17. Understand the presence and effect of: depression, dementia, anxiety, delirium, alcohol and substance abuse in older persons, on their families and themselves;
  18. Assess the ethical dilemmas related to older persons and families;
  19. Use a basic understanding of research skills and statistical methods to evaluate current literature and research on aging;
  20. Communicate knowledge of research in aging through written and oral discourse.