Spring 2019 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, Jan 26-Jan 26

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECM.SchleeterARC MAIN DaviesHall 11213035Textbook

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, May 18-May 18

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECM.SchleeterARC MAIN DaviesHall 11213308Textbook

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 23-Mar 23

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECM.SchleeterARC MAIN DaviesHall 11213309Textbook

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 06-Apr 06

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECM.SchleeterARC MAIN DaviesHall 11213310Textbook

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 01-Mar 09

FSa08:00AM-04:30PMLECJ.SneedARC MAIN DaviesHall 11613311Textbook
Students are not allowed to be late or miss a class as hours are regulated by the State of California.
(5) Friday & (5)Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Feb 1,2,8,9,22,23; Mar 1,2,8,9 (No Class Feb 15, 16)


GERON 230    Motivating Older Adults to Stay Active    .5 Units

Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 9 hours LEC
Description: This course focuses on how to motivate healthy older adults to stay independent, active, and mobile. Topics include wellness, aerobic fitness, nutrition, stress, self- and group-motivation techniques, and cognition as they affect seniors. Credit/No Credit only.

Schedule: Other Term, Apr 27-Apr 27

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECG.HansenARC MAIN DaviesHall 11120915Textbook

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 19-May 22

MW09:00AM-10:20AMLECK.GustafsonARC MAIN DaviesHall 10613051Textbook
This course is computer enhanced

TBATBALECK.GustafsonARC MAIN Online 21365Textbook
TBATBALECK.GustafsonARC MAIN Online 10802Textbook
Online Orientation, Tuesday, January 22, 2019. This course meets entirely online. For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at
ARC ONLINE Faculty Directory


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 D; CSU Area E1; IGETC Area 4
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 19-May 22

TTh09:00AM-10:20AMLECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN DaviesHall 11211453Textbook
This course is computer enhanced

TBATBALECL.ReynoldsARC MAIN Online 13383Textbook
Online Orientation, Tuesday, January 22, 2019. This course meets entirely online. For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at
ARC ONLINE Faculty Directory

TBATBALECK.GustafsonARC MAIN Online 13577Textbook
Online Orientation, Tuesday, January 22, 2019. This course meets entirely online. For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at ARC ONLINE Faculty Directory


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 19-May 22

TTh10:30AM-11:50AMLECG.MachadoARC MAIN DaviesHall 10310058Textbook
MW12:00PM-01:20PMLECE.NelsonARC MAIN DaviesHall 10310059Textbook

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 26-Mar 01

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECG.HansenARC MAIN DaviesHall 11111015Textbook
Class meets January 26, February 2, 9, 23, March 1. No class February 16th.


Introduction to Social Services Designee
Sat. (Jan 26) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm Davies Hall 111
Family and Patient Adjustment to LTC
Sat. (Feb 2) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm Davies Hall 111
Alzheimer's and Related Dementia
Sat. (Feb 9) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm Davies Hall 111
Documentation - Part 1: Social Services Designee
Sat. (Feb 23) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm Davies Hall 111
Documentation - Part 2: Social Services Designee
Sat. (March 2) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm Davies Hall 111


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 09-Mar 16

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECM.SchleeterARC MAIN DaviesHall 11111016Textbook
Essential Future Planning for Legal and Financial LTC
Sat. (Mar 9) 8:00am-5:50pm ARC Rm D112
Conservatorship and Right to Die Issues
Sat. (Mar 16) 8:00am-5:50pm ARC Rm D112


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 23-Mar 30

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECG.HansenARC MAIN DaviesHall 11111238Textbook
Fieldwork: Social Services Designee
Sat. (Mar 23 & 30) 8:00am-5:40pm ARC Rm D112


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 19-May 22

W12:30PM-03:35PMLECM.SchleeterOff Campus Hospital 10884Textbook
NOTE: The use of web-based tools (i.e. Internet, Canvas, etc) is required in this section.
First class meeting, January 22nd, will be held in D114; subsequent class meetings will be held at an off-campus institutional setting.


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 19-May 22

TBATBALECM.SchirmerARC MAIN Online 11621Textbook
Online Orientation, Tuesday, January 22, 2019. This course meets entirely online. For further information about the course requirements, please visit the course website at
ARC ONLINE Faculty Directory


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, May 04-May 04

Sa08:00AM-05:40PMLECG.HansenARC MAIN DaviesHall 11111586Textbook

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 19-May 22

TBATBALABL.Reynolds TBA TBA11951Textbook

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 complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. All students are required to attend the first class meeting, a mid-semester meeting, and a final meeting. Additionally, students who have not already successfully completed a Work Experience course will be required to attend weekly orientations while returning participants may meet individually with the instructor as needed. 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 19-May 22

W04:30PM-05:20PMLABM.SchleeterARC MAIN DaviesHall 11311610Textbook
TBATBALABTBA TBA TBA11610Textbook

Spring 2019 Class Schedule

Updated: December 14, 2018