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Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  


Introduction to Aging

3 credit hours

This course introduces the student to the field of gerontology through a variety of interdisciplinary venues including literature, gerontology, psychology, sociology and nursing. The student will be introduced to techniques of self-reflection and journaling to increase awareness of one's own perceptions of aging. Included are opportunities for elder client encounters that demonstrate successful aging and the complexity and diversity of the older client.


Nursing Care at the End of Life

2 credit hours

This course addresses the special care and needs of patients, families and significant others at the end of life. Concepts explored will include an overview of hospice and palliative care, the role of the nurse in hospice care, pain and symptom management, communication at the end of life, ethical, legal and cultural considerations, grief loss and bereavement. Literature and film will enhance the student's awareness of end of life issues.


Narrative Gerontology

3 credit hours

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to narrative/story [Narrative Gerontology] as a way of knowing, a way of coming to connect with and communicate with the older adult in a variety of settings through interdisciplinary venues that include literature, gerontology, psychology, sociology, anthropology and nursing. The student will be introduced to interpretive phenomenology as a way of thinking and interpretive journaling to better understanding the diversity and complexity of the older adult. Student interdisciplinary teams will discuss a variety of readings and studies and participate in developing a community teaching/learning plan for older adults, leading to a multi-perspectival understanding of aging and how to come to understand what is meaningful to older adults both in the U.S. and globally and across settings. Offered fall.


Capstone Project

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) GERON-101 or NURS-199

This course is a collaborative project either working in teams to develop and present a community educational offering addressing an aspect of aging or in collaboration with a specific agency as an intern, or with a faculty member on a particular project related to the learning outcomes of the minor.