Bucks Offers Certificate Programs to Help Care for the Aging and Dying
Certificate programs in Gerontology and Thanatology take place at the Newtown campus; next courses are Saturday, November 11.
Bucks County Community College, which has been the region’s leader in healthcare training for more than 50 years, is offering two certificate programs this fall to help serve the aging population: Gerontology and Thanatology.
Both noncredit programs are offered through the college’s Department of Health Sciences. The fee for each course, held Saturdays at the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., is $90. Students can choose to take an individual course without earning a certificate, or take all required courses to earn the certificate upon completion.
The Gerontology program consists of six courses designed to benefit healthcare practitioners or individuals who work in programs and services for the aging, including nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, counselors and clergy. The program can also help personal caregivers and people interested in exploring the geriatric field.
The next course, Role Changes in Aging, takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, November 11. This course will examine the changing roles of the elderly as well as caregivers, the “sandwiched generation,” grandparents as caregivers, grandchildren as caregivers, and the implications of these changes.
The Thanatology program consists of nine required courses, each designed to provide a basic understanding of issues related to dying, death, and bereavement, whether the death is a result of a chronic illness, an acute condition, or a traumatic incident. The program will also focus on the nature of spirituality in times of crisis, mourning and grief.
The next course, Cultural and Spiritual Issues in Dying, takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, November 11. The course examines the wide spectrum of cultural and religious issues that patients and their families must face when they deal with death and dying.
More courses in both programs will be offered this spring. To register, call 215-968-8409, Option 6. For more information, visit www.bucks.edu/healthsciences, or contact Janet Baker at 215-968-8353, Option 1, or Janet.Baker@bucks.edu.