Spring 2018 Class Schedule (ARC)



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GERON 205    Validation: Theory and Practice    .5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 9 hours LEC
Description: This course presents Validation theory as a communication technique used with individuals with differing levels of cognitive ability. Criteria for evaluating stages of dementia and the selection of appropriate techniques are covered. Pass/No Pass only.

Schedule: Other Term, Apr 07-Apr 07

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECM.SchleeterARC MAIN DaviesHall 11419416Textbook

GERON 207    Elder Abuse    .5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 9 hours LEC
Description: This course is an overview of elder abuse. It focuses on occurrence, prevention strategies, and resources to prevent elder abuse. Pass/No Pass only.

Schedule: Other Term, Feb 10-Feb 10

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN DaviesHall 11420201Textbook

GERON 208    Stress Management: New Approaches    .5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 9 hours LEC
Description: This course examines stress from a communication perspective, focusing specifically on caregivers. The concept of high-risk messages is introduced focusing on how stress reactions affect behavior and morale in residential care facilities and other systems of care for the elderly. Emphasis is on how a message is translated and how this translation affects stress, overload, and spill-over effects. Stress management skills are demonstrated. Pass/No Pass only.

Schedule: Other Term, Mar 17-Mar 17

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN DaviesHall 11420202Textbook

GERON 209    Strategies for Caregivers: Effectively Caring for the Elderly in the Community    .5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 9 hours LEC
Description: This course covers strategies for providing effective care for the elderly, including how it is complicated by dementia, role reversal, and guilt. Common sense strategies for caregiving that not only meet the needs of the elderly but also lessen the caregiving burden are explained. Pass/No Pass only.

Schedule: Other Term, Apr 14-Apr 14

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN DaviesHall 11420203Textbook

GERON 220    RCFE Administrator Training    4.5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 81 hours LEC
Description: This course meets the educational requirements necessary to take for state licensure as an administrator of a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE). Topics include philosophy, mission, and operations of a RCFE; regulations, rights and responsibilities of licensees; fingerprinting and criminal record clearances; psychosocial needs of residents; physical plant requirements; resident assessment, retention, and eviction; resident records and services; food service regulations; admission agreement; special diets; medications; abuse reporting; residents' rights; and community resources. Pass/No Pass only.

Schedule: Other Term, Feb 23-Mar 24

FSa08:00AM-04:30PMLECJ.SneedARC MAIN DaviesHall 11220204Textbook

GERON 300    Sociology of Aging    3 Units

Same As: SOC 335
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 102 and ENGRD 116 with a grade of C or better; OR ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of C or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area E1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course examines the aged and aging process with emphasis on social factors affecting and affected by an aging population. It includes an analysis of demographics, history of aging in America, social conditions, resources and support systems, employment, retirement, and social class/cultural differences. This course is not open to students who have completed SOC 335.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

MW09:00AM-10:20AMLECK.GustafsonARC MAIN DaviesHall 10619438Textbook
TBATBALECK.GustafsonARC MAIN Online 10889Textbook
Online Orientation, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. This course meets entirely online. For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at
www.arc.losrios.edu/online


GERON 302    Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging    3 Units

Same As: PSYC 374
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area E1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course covers the physical, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process including the interactions between the elderly and the rest of society. Topics include an analysis of stereotypes, social bonds, environmental factors, sexuality, physical health, mental health, death, and bereavement. This course is not open to students who have completed PSYC 374.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

W03:00PM-04:20PMLECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN DaviesHall 11110064Textbook
TBATBALECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN Online 10064Textbook
NOTE: The use of web-based tools (i.e. Internet, Canvas, etc.) is required in this section.

TTh12:00PM-01:20PMLECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN DaviesHall 11111641Textbook
TBATBALECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN Online 20406Textbook

GERON 304    Ethical Issues and Client's Rights    3 Units

Same As: HSER 310
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: HSER 300
Advisory: ENGWR 102 or 103, and ENGRD 116 with a grade of "C" or better; OR ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better; OR placement through assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course is a comprehensive exploration of the basic ethical issues involving human services delivery. Topics include professional ethics, confidentiality, counselor and clients' rights, and other areas involving ethical controversies. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 310.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

TTh10:30AM-11:50AMLECG.MachadoARC MAIN DaviesHall 10310062Textbook
NOTE: The use of web-based tools (i.e. Internet, Canvas, etc.) is required in this section.

MW05:00PM-06:20PMLECG.MachadoARC MAIN DaviesHall 10310063Textbook

GERON 310    Social Service Designee: Role and Responsibility    2.5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 45 hours LEC
Description: This course covers the role of the Social Services Designee in long-term care. The focus is on family, patient adjustment, and dementia. It also covers documentation for the Social Services Designee working in long-term care.

Schedule: Other Term, Jan 20-Feb 24

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECR.ChevrauxARC MAIN DaviesHall 11311122Textbook
Class meets January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24. No class February 17th.


Introduction to Social Services Designee
Sat. (Jan 20) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm D113 Chevraux
Family and Patient Adjustment to LTC
Sat. (Jan 27) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm D113 Chevraux
Alzheimer's and Related Dementia
Sat. (Feb 3) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm D113 Chevraux
Documentation - Part 1: Social Services Designee
Sat. (Feb 10) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm D113 Chevraux
Documentation - Part 2: Social Services Designee
Sat. (Feb 24) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm D113 Chevraux


GERON 311    Social Services Designee: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Decisions    1 Unit

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 102 and ENGRD 116 with a grade of "C" or better; OR ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC
Description: This course covers legal issues involved with long-term care. The focus is on probate, conservatorships, wills, trusts, power of attorney for financial management, and the California Advanced Health Care Directives, and right-to-die issues.

Schedule: Other Term, Mar 03-Mar 10

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECR.ChevrauxARC MAIN DaviesHall 11311123Textbook
Essential Future Planning for Legal and Financial LTC
Sat. (Mar 3) 8:00am-5:50pm ARC Rm D113
Conservatorship and Right to Die Issues
Sat. (Mar 10) 8:00am-5:50pm ARC Rm D113


GERON 312    Social Services Designee: Fieldwork    1 Unit

Prerequisite: GERON 310 and 311 with grades of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGWR 102 or 103, and ENGRD 116 with a grade of "C" or better; OR ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC
Description: This course provides an opportunity to explore the social services designee role in a long-term care facility and to apply knowledge gained to long-term care experience in the area of social services.

Schedule: Other Term, Mar 17-Mar 24

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECR.ChevrauxARC MAIN DaviesHall 11311383Textbook
Fieldwork: Social Services Designee
Sat. (Mar 17 & 24)    8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm D113     Chevraux


GERON 334    Reminiscence Therapy    3 Units

Same As: PSYC 379
Prerequisite: GERON 302 or PSYC 374 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGWR 102 and ENGRD 116 with a grade of "C" or better; OR ESLR 320 and ESLW 320 with a grade of "C" or better.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Current tuberculosis clearance
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course introduces the basic theory and techniques of reminiscence therapy and provides experience in planning, facilitating, and evaluating reminiscence groups with the elderly in an institutional setting. After the first class session, this course is held off campus in a long-term care setting. This course is not open to students who have completed PSYC 379.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

W12:30PM-03:35PMLECM.SchleeterOff Campus Hospital 10982Textbook
NOTE: The use of web-based tools (i.e. Internet, Canvas, etc) is required in this section.
First class meeting, January 17th, will be held in D112; subsequent class meetings will be held at an off-campus institutional setting.


GERON 335    Wellness for Older Adults    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course explores positive lifestyle choices throughout life which have a positive effect on health and well-being. Topics include exercise, nutrition, stress management, chronic disease, and adaptations for disability.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

MW12:00PM-01:20PMLECG.HansenARC MAIN DaviesHall 11313508Textbook

GERON 340    Nutrition for Healthy Aging    3 Units

Same As: NUTRI 324
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course focuses on the nutrition of older adults. Topics include the effects of nutrition on health and well-being and the physiologic changes in aging, the effects of smell and taste on nutritional status, age-related changes in the gastrointestinal tract, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and cancer and nutrition. This course is not open to students who have completed NUTRI 324.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

TBATBALECM.SchirmerARC MAIN Online 11837Textbook
Online Orientation, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. This course meets entirely online. For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at
www.arc.losrios.edu/online


GERON 362    Biology of Aging    .5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 9 hours LEC
Description: This course is an overview of the biology of aging and health of the older adult. The focus is on chronic and acute illnesses, normal aging changes, sexuality, nutrition, and strategies for good health. Pass/No Pass only.

Schedule: Other Term, Apr 28-Apr 28

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECR.ChevrauxARC MAIN DaviesHall 10611798Textbook

GERON 430    Activity Leader     6.5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 117 hours LEC
Description: This course covers the roles and responsibilities of an Activity Leader in long-term care facilities. Topics include interviewing and counseling techniques, hearing and speech changes, social and psychological forces of aging, effective leadership skills, dementia behaviors, etiology of illness, community agencies and resources, needs-based programming, documentation at state and federal levels, and creating an activity program.

Schedule: Other Term, Jan 13-May 16

TBATBALECTBAARC MAIN Online 11152Textbook
This class meets entirely online. Please see the list of 13 classes below for class dates and instructors.
To register on-line:
www.arc.losrios.edu (click on Application, then Enrollment Instructions) or go to eSERVICES on campus.
The Activity Coordinator Program fulfills minimum State requirement for Leadership Activity Program in "Skilled Nursing Facilities" Title 22, Division 5, Chapter 3, Section 72385(B)3.


Orientation to D2L, Syllabus, & Course Structure: 1/17/17-1/22/17 - Reynolds, L
Introduction to Activity Leader: 1/23/17-1/29/17 - Reynolds, L
Social & Psychological Forces of Aging: 1/30/17-2/5/17 - Reynolds, L
Cognitive Function, Related Behaviors & Activities: 2/6/17-2/12/17 - Reynolds, L
Hearing and Speech: Aging Related Changes: 2/13/17-2/19/17 - Reynolds, L
Interviewing and Counseling Techniques: 2/20/17-2/26/17 - Reynolds, L
Effective Activity Leadership Skills: 2/27/2016-3/5/17 - Moore, C.
Etiology of Illness in Later Life: 3/6/17-3/12/17 - Reed, L
Documentation: State & Federal Regulations, Part 1: 3/13/17-3/19/17 - Reed, L
Documentation: State & Federal Regulations, Part 2: 3/20/17-3/26/17 - Reed, L
Needs Based Programming: 3/27/17-4/2/17 - Reed, L
Community Agencies & Resources: 4/3/17-4/9/17 - Krause, A
SPRING BREAK: 4/10/17-4/16/17
Creating an Activity Program: 4/17/17-4/23/17 - Krause, A
Directed Fieldwork Experience: 4/24/17-4/30/17 - Reynolds, L


GERON 490    Aging Policy and Practice    3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course provides an overview of social policy as it relates to aging issues and the funding path from the federal government to the senior consumer. It provides an introduction to local agencies, businesses, and organizations providing services to seniors and senior programs. Guest speakers are featured weekly to explore various career fields in aging to share their experience and knowledge to help students define their personal areas of interest.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

W05:30PM-08:35PMLECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN DaviesHall 11311335Textbook
NOTE: The use of web-based tools (i.e. Internet, Canvas, etc.) is required in this section.


GERON 495    Independent Studies in Gerontology    1-3 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
Description: Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in this subject, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College. They must also discuss the study with a professor in this subject and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

TBATBALABK.Gustafson TBA TBA12209Textbook

GERON 498    Work Experience in Gerontology    1-4 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position, or job related to gerontology with a cooperating site supervisor. Students are advised to consult with the Gerontology Department faculty to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
Description: This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of gerontology. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer-level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce, completion of Title 5 required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site, and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. First-time participants are required to attend a weekly orientation and a final meeting. Returning participants are required to attend the first class meeting, a mid-semester meeting, and a final meeting and may meet individually with the instructor as needed to complete a work site observation and all program forms, receive updates, and assignments. Students may take up to 16 units total across all Work Experience course offerings. This course may be taken up to four times when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Schedule: Full Term, Jan 13-May 16

W04:30PM-05:20PMLABM.SchleeterARC MAIN DaviesHall 11311824Textbook
TBATBALABM.Schleeter TBA TBA11824Textbook

Spring 2018 Class Schedule

Updated: December 15, 2017