As the population grows, so does the number of people who need aging services. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 13% of the population in 2010 was 65 or older. Looking ahead, the estimates rise: By 2050, this group is expected to increase to 20% of the US population. Baby boomers will continue to place added demands on aging services and programs, increasing the demand for workers seeking gerontology careers.
With Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology degree, you'll be well qualified for service positions in community-based organizations, healthcare and public health programs, senior centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals, home healthcare systems, nursing homes and other agencies that assist the elderly.
SNHU’s gerontology degree has been designed to meet the challenge of caring for the nation’s aging population over the upcoming decades. You’ll develop strategies to enhance programs for the elderly and learn to improve care to effect positive change. Graduates of the program are ready to enter human services professions and advocate for a growing group that continually needs services and assistance.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your human services degree online at SNHU include:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for social and community service managers will increase by 16% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.* As baby boomers age, more employers will feel the demands on their programs and services and seek out those qualified to enhance them. A gerontology degree gives you the edge you need in the job market.
You may be interested in providing services to individuals, families, groups or communities. A few positions related to gerontology careers include:
With a specialized gerontology degree, you'll develop new perspectives that will allow you to improve the quality of life for an increasingly important segment of our population. You'll take courses that offer a firsthand look into wellness and disease, issues and policies affecting the elderly, long-term care, and the biological, psychosocial and cognitive aspects of aging. Best of all, you'll learn from instructors with real-world human services experience .
SNHU's bachelor's in gerontology program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as several other accrediting bodies.