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Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Gerontology, Specialization in Long Term Care Administration, BSG

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The bachelor of science in gerontology degree prepares graduates for positions in agencies and institutions that administer and deliver services for older adults, including senior centers, nutrition programs, nursing homes, recreation and counseling agencies, research organizations, and social service agencies.

While providing a basic background in general studies, the gerontology program is flexible enough to permit students to select courses that will best prepare them for particular types of careers within the general field of aging.

Each student in the gerontology program selects a cognate area from areas such as administration, biology, health, human resource management, psychology, recreation, and sociology. Cognate areas are designed by the student and his or her academic advisor.  Students pursuing the general gerontology track can expect to graduate in the eight-semester sequence, provided they begin the sequence as a freshman or early in their sophomore year.

Students must take all core courses for a grade and earn a “C” or higher. Students must also maintain a BGSU GPA of at least a 2.5 to remain in the major. Dropping below a 2.5 GPA will result in being placed on departmental probation for one semester, during which the student has the opportunity to raise his/her GPA above the 2.5 level. Failure to do so will result in the student being moved from the GERO category and barred from taking any GERO or DHS courses. One may not graduate with a degree in Gerontology without an overall Bowling Green State University GPA of at least 2.5.

Upon completion of coursework, students in their last semester complete either a 400- or 1000-hour field placement in an agency or an institution serving older adults. Prior to the field experience, each student must complete a 50-hour volunteer or paid experience in a facility or a program with elderly clients.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in gerontology are expected to:

  • Critically evaluate contemporary policies and practices, as well as social and cultural issues, as they relate to the elderly, gerontology, and long-term care;
  • Demonstrate mastery of key concepts related to aging and societal responses in meeting the needs of the aging population;
  • Communicate knowledge about aging to diverse audiences, both orally and in writing.

This program is subject to revision and may be modified to meet student needs.

A special option available is to elect a specialization in long-term care administration, which prepares the student to sit for both the state (Ohio) and federal nursing home administrator’s licensure examinations. This cognate consists of 12 courses in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, legal studies, and management. Students specializing in LTC administration are required to complete an internship of at least 1,000 hours or as required by the state of Ohio’s Board of Executives of Long-Term Care Services and Support (BELTSS) and/or our accrediting body, the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB).

Because of the need for close supervision of the student registered for this practicum experience, it is recommended that the placement be in a facility in close proximity to Bowling Green.

Students pursuing the long-term care administration specialization should be aware of the additional coursework and practicum requirements, which make one or two additional semesters necessary.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
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   Quantitative Literacy
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Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
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   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Degree Program Core Courses

(95-96 Hours)

(S/U option not permitted in degree program courses) (Grade of “C” or better required in all degree program and cognate courses). Only Gerontology students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are permitted to take upper division Gerontology courses (e.g. GERO 4020 GERO 4100 GERO 4910 GERO 4930 )


(12 Hours required) (GPA of 2.5 required to take GERO 4910 /GERO 4930 )

Total Hours: 122

*SOC 1010  is the prerequisite for SOC 2690  and PSYC 1010  is the prerequisite for PSYC 2700 

Students pursuing the long-term care administration specialization should be aware of the additional coursework and practicum requirements, which make one to two additional semesters of undergraduate work necessary beyond the normal eight semesters. The additional coursework may be completed during summer semesters if the student desires.

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