Bachelor Program

Undergraduate Degrees in Gerontology

The School of Aging Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Aging Sciences, as well as a Minor in Gerontology. Students interested in these programs should contact the School as early as possible in their career at the University of South Florida.

Gerontology is the study of the process of human aging in all its many aspects: physical, psychological, and social. In the School of Aging Studies, particular emphasis is placed upon applied gerontology and aging.    

We began offering Gerontology degrees in 1967, and we are one of the nation’s oldest programs. Our degree programs are multidisciplinary with faculty members selected from diverse academic and professional areas. Both undergraduate degrees provide students with a better understanding of multiple perspectives involving human aging so that they gain both theoretical and practical knowledge in classes. In addition, students have the opportunity to apply their skills in internships in their area of interest. The Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Administration is especially appropriate for students who plan to pursue graduate or professional work in aging or any other field, or who plan to work with older adults in a variety of careers. The Bachelor of Science in Aging Sciences provides students who plan to pursue graduate or professional work in aging, allied health, or a related field with cutting edge education and training in the field of aging.

Student learning outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Care Administration program focuses on the knowledge and skills that will prepare students to sit for the exam for the State of Florida licensure as entry-level long-term care administrators. Students will engage in inductive and deductive thinking, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and construct sound arguments. LTC administration students will work with other students to develop their ability to lead team meetings and engage in effective interpersonal communication. The following are student learning outcomes for the program:

Goal 1: Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills: Acquire the knowledge and skills that will prepare students to sit for the exam for the State of Florida licensure as entry-level long-term care administrators. Learning activities to achieve this outcome include: understanding the key issues in administration in long term care settings through practice in understanding, interpreting, and applying nursing home regulations during course discussions, breakout groups, and in a range of in-class exercises and activities.

Goal 2: Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the capacities to engage inductive and deductive thinking and quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and to construct sound arguments. Learning activities to achieve this outcome include: detailed in-class exercises on how to evaluate the various components of long-term care administration; analyzing and recommending changes to current practices in long term care settings found in the field; development of creative and original solutions to challenges in delivery of long-term care.

Goal 3: Communication Skills: Create and deliver effective oral presentations utilizing a team approach. The career path for these students involve leading a team of nursing home staff, and frequent oral communication within and from the team. Thus, a desired learning outcome is working with other students to develop their ability to lead team meetings and engage in effective interpersonal communication.

Bachelor of Science in Aging Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Aging Sciences focuses on the study of aging from a biopsychosocial perspective to prepare students for graduate or professional work in aging, allied health or a related field, or who plan to work with older adults in careers like care management, social services, and program development. As such, the student learning outcomes for the program are:

Goal 1: Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills: Identify and articulate major aspects of aging on a individual and societal level.

Goal 2: Critical Thinking Skills: Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities, including the capacity to construct sound arguments. Learning activities to achieve this outcome include written assignments in courses requiring a research term paper.

Goal 3: Communication Skills: Demonstrate effective oral skills including the following learning activities to achieve this outcome: contributing effectively to group discussions; practice in speaking in front of the class; and practice in general interpersonal communications.