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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontology Secondary Major

Gerontology is available to all undergraduate students as a secondary major.  It must be taken concurrently with a primary major of the student’s choice in any college. Most programs of study will allow the student to take both a primary and secondary major within the normal four year academic program of his/her college.

The secondary major in gerontology is a 24-credit-hour program of study which includes two required courses and 18 credit hours of electives taken from a list of approved gerontology courses offered in departments across the university.  Students must meet with the Center on Aging advisor to declare the secondary major in order for this emphasis to appear on their university transcripts. To ask about careers in the field of gerontology, schedule a student advising appointment and/or to review your progress toward completing the secondary major in gerontology, please contact Pam Evans at (785) 532-5945 or All graduating students must complete a graduation clearance with Pam Evans the semester prior to graduation.

Elective courses (18 credit hours)

Additional courses may be approved for gerontology credit on a case-by-case basis by the Center on Aging Academic Affairs Committee.  Courses listed in the gerontology course schedule on the Center on Aging website are approved as electives for the secondary major in gerontology.

Courses which require prior approval for credit as a gerontology elective

See the Center on Aging advisor for permission to use these courses as an elective for the secondary major in gerontology.  Approval to use as an elective must be received PRIOR to taking the course.

Gerontology Secondary Major/Long-Term Care Administration Emphasis

A student completing this emphasis in the secondary major in Gerontology will be eligible to take the licensing exams that are required for Adult Care Home Administrators in Kansas.  The emphasis in long-term care administration requires courses that cover the Social Security Title XIX Core of Knowledge recommendations for administrator licensure as determined by state regulation. Courses may count for more than one area.  The ten core areas include:

  1. Applicable standards of environmental health and safety
  2. Local health and safety regulations
  3. General administration
  4. Psychology of resident care
  5. Principles of medical care
  6. Personal and social care
  7. Therapeutic and supportive care/services in long-term care
  8. Departmental organization and management
  9. Community interrelationships
10. Electives

Students must also complete a semester long, 600 hour internship in a Kansas-licensed adult care home, a long-term care unit of a Kansas-licensed hospital, or a combination of the two.  Assisted living and residential health care facilities do not qualify.  Enrollment in the internship is by permission only.  Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5, and a GPA of 3.0 in gerontology courses to qualify for enrollment in GERON 615 Long-Term Care Administration Internship.

Students who complete the emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration along with a Bachelors degree of their choice are eligible to take the Kansas Adult Care Home Administrator licensing exam.  Students interested in this program must meet with an advisor in the Center on Aging.

Students enrolled in the internship will complete an online module that corresponds with the internship.  This module will include additional information from required knowledge areas for the licensing exam.

Note:  Individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree may be enrolled in GERON 615 Long-Term Care Administration internship without completing the secondary major if they meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in management and accounting as gauged by career path
  • Review of resume and transcripts by Center on Aging staff
  • Interview with Center on Aging Committee
  • Concurrent enrollment or enrollment prior to the internship in GERON 610, Seminar in Long-Term Care Administration is strongly encouraged.

Six credit hours of electives from the following list:


*This program covers required content from the Core of Knowledge for Nursing Home Administrators as defined in K.A.R. 28-38-29, or the “domains of practice,” as defined in K.A.R. 28-38-29.