College of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a Gerontology Certificate

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As a large segment of the United States population enters retirement and old age in the coming years, the need for services that address the unique circumstances of these individuals will increase. The Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a Gerontology Certificate prepares you to provide the specialized services for this growing population early in your career. You'll explore social programs, retirement issues, personal care needs and current social systems that affect this population.

To help you gain job skills earlier in your program, the certificate option allows you to move core courses toward the front of your degree program. The certificate you earn will be an additional credential, which you can leverage to help you get a new position or promotion.

Speak with an Enrollment Representative to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a Gerontology Certificate. You can also learn more about the general Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree program without the certificate option or view other certificate options.

Requirements and prerequisites

You will need XXX credits to complete this program, which may be earned from a combination of required and elected courses. However, required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits. View general requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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What you'll learn

The BSHS program curriculum at University of Phoenix employs an interdisciplinary approach for assimilating theory, knowledge, skills and core competencies of today's human service professional. The conceptual framework of the program draws from a range of human service domains such as counseling, biopsychosocial development, human systems and social change, psychology, and management theories. The program is designed with experiential components, integrated within the academic foundation, to provide students with experience as service providers in a range of human service settings in both private and public sectors. The Human Services program's interdisciplinary design builds core skills and competencies based on established methods for delivering a variety of direct service roles in the wide-ranging field of human services. Upon graduation from the program students will be qualified for Registry as Mental Health Facilitators with the National Board for Certified Counselors-International and prepared academically to sit for the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner examination administered by the Center for Credentialing and Education.

The Bachelor of Science in Human Services program provides a general foundation of human services theory and application coursework for students at entry levels in the helping professions. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or state licensure as a social worker, counselor or psychologist.

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Core courses

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare for the competitive job market with relevant knowledge and in-demand skills. This program will include the following courses:

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

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Cost breakdown

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Tuition (per credit) for 100/200-level courses $410.0
Tuition (per credit) for 300/400-level courses $610.0
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Resource fee $140.0
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