Bachelor of Healthcare Management Degree with Specialization in Gerontology Management

Gerontology Degree Online

You are passionate about making a difference in healthcare and working with the elderly. A Gerontology degree online is a specialization within our bachelor’s degree program in Healthcare Management. Let us help you prepare to enter the healthcare industry serving the needs of older patients.

       

Next Start Date:

January 16, 2019

Total Credits:

180

Offered:

Online
Atlanta
Houston

Gerontology Degree Online Program Details

Gerontology Degree Online Program Outline

AIU's online Gerontology program is a targeted degree program designed to help students gain a comprehensive core of knowledge about the U.S. healthcare system, including its structure, operations, regulations and management, with a focus on services for the aging population.

The online Gerontology program helps provide students with an opportunity to study healthcare directly across many disciplines, in order to help students prepare for opportunities in healthcare management. Added focus is placed on the management of teams that interact with patients who have special medical, social and financial conditions associated with advanced aging.

Our online Gerontology program can help you learn you how to:

  • Interpret and explain concepts effectively in various healthcare organizations and situations
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the aging services industry including nursing care, home healthcare services, retirement communities, delivered services, rehabilitation and therapy facilities, memory care services and assisted living
  • Apply principles of economics and finance to make effective decisions in various healthcare settings for various contemporary healthcare practices and functions
  • Analyze the relationships between costs, quality, and access to healthcare in the U.S.
  • Formulate current operation’s management practices and principles used in the current healthcare environment
  • Evaluate the types of information and information systems capabilities/technology needed by healthcare organizations
  • Evaluate potential ethical and legal conflicts in healthcare related to legislative and regulatory issues affecting healthcare
  • This business program is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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Gerontology Degree Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ECON220 Microeconomics 4.5
ECON224 Macroeconomics 4.5
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
SSCI210 Sociology 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

General Electives
A combination of 8 electives dependent on Program
Total Credit Hours: 36

Core
ACCT205 Principles of Accounting I 4.5
BUSN150 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4.5
FINA310 Financial Management 4.5
HLTH215 Introduction to Healthcare 4.5
HLTH225 Health/Public Policy 4.5
HLTH310 Survey of Healthcare Management 4.5
HLTH315 Risk Management in Healthcare 4.5
HLTH325 Quality in Healthcare 4.5
HLTH330 Healthcare and Human Resources 4.5
HLTH335 Research Methods for Healthcare 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 45
Gerontology Management Specialization
HLTH318 Case Management for Gerontology 4.5
HLTH320 Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare 4.5
HLTH322 Sociology and Aging 4.5
HLTH333 Administration Long Term Care I 4.5
HLTH340 Marketing to an Aging Population 4.5
HLTH430 Healthcare Information Systems 4.5
HLTH450 Counseling for Gerontology 4.5
HLTH455 Death and Dying 4.5
HLTH499 Program Capstone 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 40.5

Total Credit Hours : 180

AIU's Bachelor of Healthcare Management (BHCM), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Gerontology Degree Classes Overview

The AIU Bachelor of Healthcare Management degree program combines the required general-education courses that provide a liberal-arts foundation with core concepts in healthcare management, as well as specialized courses designed to help provide students with the knowledge, skills, and ability to pursue opportunities in health-services management for aging populations.

For a Gerontology Degree Online, your classes may include:

Death and Dying

This course investigates contemporary healthcare management issues involved in death and dying, building upon prior coursework examining ethical and legal issues in healthcare and sociology and aging. Topics include rates and causes of death in the US, terminal illness, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and end-of-life decision-making. Ethical and legal considerations in the provision of care by healthcare organizations including hospice, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals will also be examined.

Sociology and Aging

This course provides an introduction to the psychological aging process. Discussion cover current information and issues related to the aging process. Both theoretical and empirical information are investigated relative to the senior sector of the population. Stages of aging, disorders in the aging process along with perceptual, cognitive personality and interpersonal social human traits are considered. Death, dying and the psychological patterns in patients and loved ones are addressed. Throughout the course the role of the healthcare organization plays in dealing with various stages is addressed.

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare

This course provides a working knowledge of law and ethics in a wide variety of healthcare topics, enabling students to deal with common legal and practical problems facing patients, their families, practitioners, caregivers, and society within the healthcare industry. Students must possess a basic knowledge of ethics and the law as it applies to their areas of responsibility.

Marketing to an Aging Population

This course applies market segmentation strategies to the aging population and investigates related decision makers with insight on how marketing can influence decisions. Marketing strategies are discussed including those through a variety of public media options as well as internal to the serving organization. Ethics are a component of this course.

Research Methods for Healthcare

This course explores research methods used to determine current performance and forecast demand and probability as it relates to the healthcare industry. Special attention is given to methods of data gathering, sources, and restrictions on the use of data as well as patient rights.

Case Management for Gerontology

This course focuses on the social aspects of aging including financial planning, housing, legal concerns, health issues, and family/spousal relationships. Life altering conditions which shift life styles, independence and dependence are also discussed along with separation of life long partners and the social and physiological implications. Emotional distance created by physical and mental disabilities in patients and partners covered.

Administration Long Term Care I

This course has an emphasis on the trends and developments that are transforming long-term care. It explores the options available in care settings, programs, and services. In addition, it examines aspects of management including leadership, human resources, marketing, regulatory and legal issues, and financing to long-term care. Case studies, exercises, and self-assessment will help students internalize and apply the concepts.

Healthcare Information Systems

This course is designed to assist healthcare students in understanding principles of analysis, design, evaluation, selection, acquisition, and utilization of information systems in the healthcare organization. Sufficient technical detail on computer hardware, software, networks, and data management is included to enable the student to become conversant with modern information technology and its use in healthcare organizations.

Counseling for Gerontology

This course discusses the various medical, mental and physical issues related to aging along with social and financial issues that may evolve with an aging population. Counseling theories and methods are discussed along with a discussion of various counseling services offered. An overview of changes in the aging human body is discussed including cardiovascular and central nervous systems and their impact on mental abilities and behavior patterns.

Program Capstone

The emphasis in this course is on applying and synthesizing concepts and techniques from all previous health specialization courses. This course provides an opportunity for the student to use the assimilated materials in a cohesive approach through challenges that reflect situations they may address in actual practice.

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

View our tuition and fees page to see our online, on-campus and military tuition, books & fees schedules.

Ways to Save on Your Gerontology Degree Online

From grants to military service to transfer credits, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your Gerontology Degree Online at AIU:

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

Accreditation

AIU's Bachelor of Healthcare Management (BHCM), with all its specializations, is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


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