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American River College Gerontology Department

Gerontology is the study of adults from maturity (18) until cessation.  It looks at the psychologyand biology of aging that touches each individual, as well as the social implications that flow from these changes.  In essence, it is a study of you.  Never before in the history of mankind have we experienced our population living this long.  

The ARC Gerontology has gained a reputation as a leader in gerontology studies and has been awarded National Program of Merit status by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), making it the first and only community college in the nation to receive this honor and one of ten colleges and university so designated in the country.

This provides students with the knowledge and experience required for employment in businesses and agencies that provide services for the elderly, and/or preparation for upper-division work in gerontology at a four-year institution, vocational courses for cerification for RCFE, Social Services Designee and Activity Leader as well as continuing education units (CEUs) for RN, LVN, CNA, HHA, and RCFE.  Find out more at

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