The Social Service Department prepares practitioners in
Gerontology and Nursing Home Administration to provide a variety of high
quality community-based and residential services to Older Americans so that
they may live a dignified and fulfilling life.
To prepare students in best practices in the field of
aging so that they may be employed in a wide range of careers serving the
nation’s 42 million citizens who are 65 and older.
- Students will be knowledgeable of theories, principles
and concepts of aging, public policy regarding aging, cross-cultural aspects of aging and best
practices in the service delivery system.
- Students will be knowledge of how the process of aging
affects an individual’s health, cognition,lifestyle and relationships within the family and the
- Students will be knowledgeable of generic and specialized
human services for older adults and the elderly
including long-term care.
- Students will communicate effectively with older adults
and the elderly, their families and service providers.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to transfer
didactic, classroom learning into practice, working with older adults and the elderly in the
- Students will follow the Professional Gerontologists Code
of Ethics in all aspects of their work.
- Students will be computer literate and knowledgeable of
how various technologies can improve
- or maintain older adults’ health, independent functioning
and safety in the home and community.
Social and Human Services
The field of social and human services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of Older Americans and the elderly. The human service profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and social service agencies.
- The capacity for human growth and change.
- Advocating for social justice.
- Recognizing and utilizing people’s strengths and abilities.
- Supporting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
- Promoting collaboration and accountability.
- Inclusiveness – serving all people in need.