Social Service/Gerontology - Associate in Science

Curriculum Code: 290

Program Information
In today’s fast-paced, complex society, there’s a vital need for compassionate, professional social workers. This program taps into your natural ability to interact with others, and that capacity is refined into a valuable skill with rewarding professional opportunities. You’ll receive the practical and theoretical education necessary for success, professionally or at a four-year college. The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that social worker jobs will be particularly abundant during the next decade. This will be especially true in New Jersey due to the state’s older-than-average population and its growing popularity as a retirement area.

When You Graduate
When You Graduate AS programs are primarily designed for students who plan to transfer as juniors at four-year colleges and universities. CCC graduates have obtained bachelor’s degrees and beyond from every college in New Jersey and scores of colleges and universities throughout America. CCC has transfer agreements with a number of four-year colleges and universities. Graduates work as aides at daycare centers, mental health agencies, institutions for physically and mentally handicapped persons, prisons, hospitals and substance abuse agencies. Those with a bachelor’s degree and beyond may hold positions as counselors, administrators or educators. As a graduate of a fully accredited community college, your coursework will be received with full credit transfer at most state colleges, public and private universities across the country. The NJ Lampitt bill passed in 2008 by the NJ State legislature assures seamless transfer of credits toward junior standing at NJ state colleges and universities.

Upon completion of this program, student should be able to:
•Demonstrate an understanding of the biological, sociological and psychological viewpoints of the aging process. •Exhibit assessment and observation skills. •Exhibit a working knowledge of social work values and ethics. •Locate, retrieve and critically evaluate information and information sources.


Employment Opportunities:
Entry level positions in nursing homes, social service agencies

Program Requirements (36)
Credits
HS
115
Basic Nutrition
3
PY
101
General Psychology
3
PY
207
Human Growth & Development
3
SO
202
Contemporary Social Problems
3
SO
205
Introduction to Gerontology
3
SO
212
Social Psychological Counseling
3
SO
215
Death and Dying
3
SO
217
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
3
SO
219
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
3
SO
220
Introduction to Social Welfare & Social Work
3
SO
221
Social Service Field Work I
3
SO
222
Social Service Field Work II
3

General Education Requirements (31-32)
Credits
History Elective
3
Humanities Elective
3
Science Elective
4
Mathematics Elective
3-4
CS
101
Introduction to Microcomputers or
CS
102
Applications on the Microcomputer
3
EN
101
English Composition I
3
EN
102
English Composition II
3
SO
201
Introductory Sociology
3
SO
207
Social Minorities & Intergroup Relations
3
SP
203
Effective Speech
3

Total Credits: (67-68)