Aging Services Management Skills Guide

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Basic Skills in the Program and on the Job


Classroom reading material include textbooks, journal articles, news media, government publications, medical documents, and procedures manuals. The approximate reading level of the textbooks used is the college level. Textbooks are used as the central part of the course, and tests are based on a combination of textbook material and lectures. Reading materials used on the job are similar; the ability to read and comprehend a wide variety of forms is an often-used and important skill.

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Students are required to give a number of classroom presentation, both in the small group and large group settings. In the program and on the job, interpersonal communication skills are crucial in dealing with employees, clients, family members of clients, and the community in general. On the job, especially in small communities, students will be looked upon as authorities on aging and health care. Therefore, they will give many public presentations.

This is a writing-intensive program. Students are required to write reports, research papers, patient care plans, and social histories. On the job, the writing of legal documents and the ability to document accurately are also very important.

Required English courses: Fundamentals of Oral Communication (SPC 101) or Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (SPC 126); Composition I (ENG 105), and Composition II (ENG 106) or Composition II: Technical Writing (ENG 108)

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In the program students will take college level math and accounting courses. In the program and on the job, students must be able to apply basic math skills, especially the use of percentages. To complete the Associate in Science degree, students must take accounting courses and a college-level math course, typically Finite Math (MAT 141), which has Introductory Algebra as a prerequisite. Students should also be familiar with the use of a basic calculator.

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High-level thinking skills are needed in this program. Problem solving is integral to the program, and it is assumed that the student will enter the program with good critical thinking skills. Students who complete the AS degree in Aging Services Management will need to transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor's degree in order to meet state licensure requirements.

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Basic keyboarding and word processing skills are needed in this program, as instructors will require typed papers. On the job, students will use both word processing and data base programs.

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