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- Available Lessons: 337
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Gerontology? - Definition & History
Course SummaryYou can complete this test prep course as you review for the UExcel Foundations of Gerontology exam to earn college credit. Watch engaging video lessons and take multiple-choice quizzes to see how well you understand the material ahead of exam day.
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About This Course
The purpose of this course is to help you prepare for the UExcel Foundations of Gerontology exam, after which you'll be eligible for three college credits. As an online study guide, it's the most efficient way to prepare for this computer-based exam and earn college credits that may be transferrable to more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the United States.
This comprehensive course begins with an introduction to gerontology and covers some of the ethical, political and research issues associated with the field. You'll also learn about the demographics of aging and some of the sociological issues related to the process. The effect of aging on human body systems and mental health will be covered, along with interpersonal relationships and work. During the course, you'll find that our brief and easy-to-follow video lessons bring the aging issues and processes to life, which can help you remember them on exam day.
Syllabus and Course Information
When you're done with the UExcel Foundations of Gerontology course and have taken the final exam, you should have an understanding of the topics summarized below. All of the objectives have been designed in alignment with the actual UExcel exam.
- Define age, and summarize the main models of aging, cognition and development in adults.
- Describe some of the stereotypical impressions of the elderly.
- Discuss the influential factors that affect how adults develop and age.
- Identify the experiments, protocols and risk factors associated with high quality research of aging adults.
- Explore ethnic, gender, location and racial differences among aging populations.
- Explain how aging adults impact society and the relationship between age and social status.
- Summarize the common causes of death and diseases among the elderly and factors affecting longevity.
- Study how age affects the human body, including the nervous, physiological and sensory systems.
- Define the different types of memory and how age affects long-term memory.
- Describe how age affects creativity, divergent thinking and intelligence.
- Identify the causes of anxiety, depressive, social, stress and other disorders in older adults.
- List the different types of therapeutic approaches to developmental and mental disorders in older adults.
- Explore the causes, symptoms and treatments of substance abuse disorders in the elderly.
- Examine treatment options for Alzheimer's disease, amnesia, delirium and cognitive disorders.
- Explain the life course and social exchange theories as they relate to the elderly.
- Discuss the changes in career, finance and income found in older adulthood.
- Explore leisure and volunteer time in late adulthood, including the challenges of retirement.
- Identify the advocacy groups, social programs and legislation that serve the elderly.
- List the five stages of dying and typical patterns of bereavement patterns.
- Discuss caregiver roles, end-of-life issues, euthanasia and the hospice movement.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, some prior knowledge of the human body and introductory psychology may be helpful.
The UExcel Foundations of Gerontology course consists of 31 chapters and a total of 310 video lessons. Individual videos are about 5-10 minutes in length and are followed by an online quiz. Use these self-assessments to see how well you understood some of these complex topics and which ones may require additional review. Refer to the lesson transcript while watching the video, or afterwards, to reinforce your knowledge of gerontology. Ask our instructors if you have any questions, and don't forget the final exam at the end of the unit.
UExcel Foundations of Gerontology Exam Information
The UExcel Foundations of Gerontology exam is equivalent to a 1-semester, upper-level introductory course, which may help some successful test-takers acquire advanced standing. It has been endorsed by the American Council on Education.
- Number of Questions: about 130 questions
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: Three hours
- Number of Credits: Three credits
- Exam Cost: $325
UExcel Foundations of Gerontology Exam Breakdown
|UExcel Exam Concept||Percent of the UExcel Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Study.com Chapter|
|Important Concepts of Gerentology||10%||13||44 lessons|
|Demography of Aging: Trends and Projections||12%||16||14 lessons|
|Biology and Physical Health||17%||22||62 lessons|
|Psychology and Mental Health||14%||18||127 lessons|
|Economics, Work and Retirement||14%||18||31 lessons|
|Political Behavior and Public Policy||14%||18||12 lessons|
|Death and Dying||5%||7||12 lessons|
Earn UExcel Credit
When you pass the UExcel Foundations of Gerontology exam, you'll receive three transferable credits. Overall, UExcel tests can reduce the amount of time you spend in college and help you save money on tuition.
Study Schedule for the UExcel Exam
The UExcel Foundations of Gerontology exam course requires just over 30 hours of viewing time to complete. Because, it's a flexible plan of study, you can schedule your learning time around your busy school or work schedule. At the beginning of the course, use the table below to help you decide when to register for the exam. Registration takes place online or over the phone.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours per day, 5 days a week||2 weeks|
|2 hours per day, 5 days a week||3 weeks|
|1.5 per day, 5 days a week||4 weeks|
|1 hour a day, 5 days a week||6 weeks|
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