Fort Collins, Colorado (PressExposure) October 11, 2011 -- In response to the explosive job growth in the healthcare sector as the baby boomer population ages, CollegeAmerica is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with Gerontology Emphasis.
Gerontology refers to the scientific study of old age and deals with the social, psychological, biological, environmental, and behavioral aspects of aging.
According to a study conducted by the Population Reference Bureau, as many as 40 million people in the United States are currently 65 years of age or older, and their number is projected to increase to 89 million by 2050.1 Considering this staggering figure, the country will require trained and qualified specialists to deal with problems specific to older people.
CollegeAmerica's Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree with a Gerontology emphasis seeks to contribute to this growing need for professionals who work with seniors to address their health, nutritional, financial, and social requirements.
Through courses such as Introduction to Gerontology, Social Gerontology, The Aging Body, and Long-Term Care, students learn about the problems faced by older persons and get trained in ways to deal with them. The program includes an externship wherein professionals from the field provide graduates a first-hand account of elderly care. The externship also has a practicum component that requires students to spend 80 hours onsite for some real-world experience in caring for the elderly.
In addition to courses related to gerontology, graduates of this program also learn management principles, business concepts, healthcare delivery system essentials, computer fundamentals, and communication skills.
This healthcare administration degree program is designed to prepare graduates for supervisory or managerial roles in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities.
CollegeAmerica offers this program at its Denver, Colorado campus, to candidates who have a high school diploma or an equivalent GED® credential. Financial aid assistance is available at CollegeAmerica to help students identify and apply for the grants and scholarships for those that qualify.
For details on CollegeAmerica's Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with Gerontology Emphasis, call 1-888-220-5449 or visit http://www.collegeamerica.edu/.