Salt Lake City, Utah (PressExposure) January 24, 2012 -- At a time when the demand for healthcare workers is at its peak, owing to the growing number of older people in the country, Stevens-Henager College has gone a step further and decided to add a gerontology emphasis to its healthcare administration degree, specifically designed to train students for working with older adults.
Gerontology is the study of the aging process. It involves studying the social, biological, and psychological impacts of aging, and should not be confused with geriatrics, which is a branch of medicine that deals with diseases related to old age.
Gerontology is a fairly new field, but extremely important in training healthcare professionals who understand the problems that are specific to old age.
Stevens-Henager College's Bachelor's of Science in Healthcare Administration degree with a Gerontology emphasis trains graduates to work with the senior population and address their health, nutritional, financial, and social needs.
As part of their curriculum, students cover a range of gerontology-related topics in courses such as Social Gerontology, The Aging Body, Long-Term Care Options, etc. They are also expected to complete an externship that includes both classroom and on-site experience in a gerontology setting.
Additionally, students of this program are required to complete courses in Nursing Assistant Theory, Nurse Assistant Practice, Healthcare Financial Administration, Medical Billing, Medical Records and Communication, Anatomy and Physiology, Drug Administration, and other such topics for an all-round education in the field.
As the world's population rapidly turns grey, the demand for gerontology specialists is only going to increase. In that regard, Stevens-Henager College's Healthcare Administration with a Gerontology emphasis degree is a great program for anyone who wants to work in a personally rewarding and professionally promising field.
The admission criteria for this degree program include a high school diploma or an equivalent GED credential. Candidates can choose between the Ogden/West Haven and Boise campuses of Stevens-Henager College, as well as their respective satellites at Layton and Nampa, to complete this program.
Although the scheduled program length is 36 months, students have the option of earning this degree in less-than-normal completion time.
For details on Steven-Henager College's Bachelor's of Science in Healthcare Administration with a Gerontology emphasis degree, call 1-888-829-2907 or visit http://www.stevenshenager.edu for more information.