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The Aging Services Leadership minor focuses on knowledge of aging, eldercare, and gerontology.

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To provide students with specific knowledge and skills needed to respond professionally and effectively to an aging population.


  • To establish a foundation and overview of study in the field of aging services and gerontology to complement the student’s major discipline
  • To establish a broad, interdisciplinary perspective in approaching the delivery of aging services
  • To explore content, methods, and practice in aging services research and delivery
  • To develop critical thinking and leadership skills to assist students in utilizing diverse approaches in determining solutions for issues related to an aging population


Upon completion of the Aging Services Leadership minor, the student will be able to:

  • Examine sociological, psychological, and biological/physiological theories of aging
  • Describe the underlying biological/physiological processes associated with aging and the challenges these present
  • Describe the effects that ethics, economics, and policy decisions have on the biological/physiological, sociological, psychological, and cultural aspects of aging and the resulting challenges
  • Investigate the changes occurring in society resulting from our aging population
  • Apply aging theories, ethics, economics conditions, and aging related policy decisions to a practical experience involving the aged or services for the aged
  • Examine attitudes toward older culturally diverse people to discover ways that aging is portrayed
  • Provide direct services to older culturally diverse people and their families, administer and plan programs and services, or work to modify social institutions and policies
  • Understand the cultural, physical, and social aspects of aging along with the aspects of how aging affect populations
  • Apply administrative principles required in the management of aging services such as nursing home, long term care settings, and home health services


  • Students can contact the Department of Health Professions for advising at 303-615-1200.
  • New or transfer students interested in the Aging Service Leadership minor can also seek advising through the College of Professional Studies Advising Office at 303-615-1099.


  • Completion of this minor does not guarantee admission into any nursing or health professions graduate program.
  • Students are responsible for contacting the nursing or health profession graduate program to which they are applying regarding specific prerequisite courses required by that program.
  • Students should also explore the requirements for Licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in their state.
  • Students may select a gerontology topics course or an independent study course that deals with aging if it is appropriate for their selected orientation and approved by the gerontology advisor.

Students must complete all of the following core course requirements and at least 9 credit hours from either the liberal arts orientation or the professional services orientation.


Course Number Course Description Course Credit(s) Semester Offered
SOC 1040 Introduction to Social Gerontology   3 Refer to SOC Department
HCM 3150 Health Care Organization and Management  3 FA, SP, SU
HCM 3800 Long Term Care: Managing Across the Continuum  3 FA, SP, SU
SOC 3040 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology  3 Refer to SOC Department


ELECTIVE COURSES (Choose from at least 6 CREDIT HOURS from the following courses)

(at least 3 hours must be upper division)

Course Number Course Description Course Credit(s) Semester Offered
ANT 3480 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness 3 Refer to ANT Department
CJC 4220 Criminal Justice and the Elderly  3* Refer to CJC Department
FIN 3450 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits 3 Refer to FIN Department
FIN 4400 Estate Planning 3 Refer to FIN Department
HCM 3030 Health Care Jurisprudence 3*  FA, SP, SU
HCM 3700 Health Disparities in the U.S. 3  FA, SP, SU
HPS 3790 Fitness Programming for Children, Adolescents and Older Adults 3* Refer to HPS Department
ITP 1700 Medical Terminology 2  FA, SP, SU
ITP 2950 or HPS 2700 Wellness Coaching I 3**  FA, SP, SU
ITP 3100 Health Education and Counseling 3*  FA, SP, SU
ITP 3200 Ethics in Health Care 3*  FA, SP, SU
ITP 3700 Physiology of Aging 3*  FA, SP, SU
ITP 4400 or HPS 4700 Wellness Coaching II 3* (**)  FA, SP, SU
NUT 3050 Concepts of Lifecycle Nutrition 3* Refer to NUT Department
PSY 2270 Death and Dying 3* Refer to PSY Department
PSY 3270 Adulthood and Aging 3* Refer to PSY Department
PSY 3540 Cognitive Aging 3* Refer to PSY Department
RECR 2320 Advocacy, Leisure, and the Aging Adult 3  Every other SP
RECR 4630 Recreation Programs for the Older Adult 3  Every other SP
SOC 3100 Death and Dying 3* Refer to SOC Department 
SOC 3810 Population Issues 3* Refer to SOC Department
SPE 4760 Communication and the Elderly 3* Refer to SPE Department
SWK 3030 Social Work with the Aging 4 Refer to SWK Department


  • *Courses requiring additional prerequisites
  • ** Credit will be granted for only one prefix: HPS or ITP







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