Bachelor of Science in Gerontology Programme
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This programme, funded by the University Grants Committee, has been designed in response to the expanding ageing population and the associated workforce shortage in elderly health and social care services in Hong Kong. The programme provides students who possess an associate degree or a higher diploma in health sciences, social sciences, psychology and counselling, human and life sciences, Chinese medicine, or a similar field with a strong foundation in gerontology. Students are equipped with a full scope of knowledge and skills in the planning, delivery and coordination of aged care services in a wide variety of elderly health and social care settings.
- Strong theoretical and practical components of gerontology covering the health and social care needs of older people, aged care service planning, innovative care delivery models, human service delivery and administration, and ageing-related health and social policies.
- Multidisciplinary academic and professional teaching team with expertise in nursing, social work, human psychology, human sociology, clinical geriatrics and gerontology, human service management and administration.
- A gerontological practicum in community care, rehabilitative care and residential care to enable students to transform theoretical knowledge into practice.
Applicants are eligible to apply for admission if they have:
- Successfully completed a local course of study leading to the award of an associate degree or a higher diploma; and
- Attained an acceptable level of proficiency in the English and Chinese languages.
Graduates of the programme can pursue a career in aged care services, or seek employment in a wide range of social and healthcare settings, such as geriatric outreach teams, elderly community centres, day care centres, rehabilitation units and residential care homes. Graduates can start their career as multi-skilled practitioners in aged care, and take up key roles in coordinating interdisciplinary care within and across health and social care settings; planning and implementing such evidence-based care models as care management, empowerment programme, telecare and transitional care; and participating in service administration, evaluation and reengineering. They can also advance to high management levels after accumulating adequate working experience in care for the older people.
Graduates with good academic results can also pursue postgraduate studies in a variety of disciplines, such as gerontology, public health, health service management, health administration, and health education.
1. Ms Ngan Chi Yee and Ms Wong Cheuk Sze’s sharing on their working experiences in aged care services
2. Mr Lo Chun Pong and Ms Li Hang Ping’s sharing on their working experiences in aged care services
This two-year gerontology programme brought me lots of fruitful learning experiences and equipped me with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. All teachers, serving as guides, counsellors and facilitators, always gave us the greatest support. They also provided many opportunities for us to broaden our horizons, for instance, site visits, graduate sharing and gerontological practicum in different aged care settings. One of the memorable experiences was traveling abroad to learn about the development of aged care services outside Hong Kong. The School has done many great things for us and I will never forget what I have learnt and obtained here. I am proud to be one of the students of the gerontology programme, and the learning experiences motivate me to pursue a career in the aged care field in the future. Last by not least, I would like to thank the programme and the teachers for extending my knowledge of gerontology, improving my thinking skills and preparing me for my future career development.
I am extremely glad to be one of the students of the BScG programme. All the memories in BScG sweeten my university life and the learning experience is greatly significant for my future career development. With the guidance of professional and experienced teachers, I have been equipped with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills of gerontology in lectures. Small group teaching developed wonderful teacher-student relationships and we shared many happiness and excitement together. Besides, the gerontological practicum gave me an opportunity to apply the knowledge into practice in various aged care settings, and enabled me to obtain the necessary work experience. Last semester, I also went on an exchange to learn different innovative aged care practices and explore the development of aged care services in overseas.
This two-year learning experience is fruitful and unforgettable. I really appreciate the teachers who educated us wholeheartedly. Whenever we encountered difficulties, they always supported us and helped us to solve them. BScG is a big family and my connection with the School will not be broken even after graduation.
CHEUNG Ki Chung, Ryan (President of Gerontology Society)
This is Ryan, the President of the Gerontology Society. Some students might doubt about why taking up the role. For me, it is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to utilise my potential in the Nethersole School of Nursing, where an ideal learning environment and sufficient resources are offered. In the beginning, I tried to deal with every task by myself; however, when I could not overcome difficulties with my own abilities, my committee members stood by me and made concerted efforts to face the challenges. Thanks to them, I believe no matter how hard the challenges are, they will make me better, not bitter.
In the last couple of months, a wide variety of events for all gerontology students were organised by our Society, such as the Photo Day for graduates and the Orientation Camp for freshmen. In the former event, we had to stay up all night blowing colourful balloons and making delicious dishes for the graduates. In the latter one, our preparations started a few months in advance in order to organise a perfect camp for our freshmen. Another unforgettable event was the BScG 6th Anniversary cum Spring Dinner, which gathered all graduates in the past 6 years and current students of the Gerontology programme. The event was the first of its kind giving us such an amazing and rewarding experience. During the event, graduates shared their study and working experiences with Gerontology students as their brothers and sisters – What a wonderful family!
Not only does the Gerontology Society serve students, but it also contributes to the society by providing community services. Taking the Mooncake Charity as an example, the Gerontology Society, in collaboration with a charity organisation in Hong Kong, is going to arrange home visits to older adults living in the community. We try to show our love to these senior citizens, like what a family does.
Being the President of the Gerontology Society is one of the fondest memories in my university life. Hopefully the incoming freshmen will be part of the Gerontology Society and share our happiness.
The Nethersole School of Nursing always treasures students as the most important members and resources of the School. In order to maintain a closer connection with students and to enhance their leadership potentials, the School introduced a Student Ambassador Programme in September 2008. The main objectives of this Programme are:
- To promote understanding and partnership between students and the School;
- To develop students' enthusiasm and capability in promoting the School and the nursing profession;
- To explore students' leadership potentials and strengthen their self-confidence;
- To enhance students' communication and presentation skills as well as their abilities in organizing promotional events; and
- To help students widen their views and understanding of nursing, education and society.
Every year 4 enthusiastic and highly motivated students are recruited from the final study year of the Bachelor of Science in Gerontology Programme as student ambassadors of the School.
For sharing from student ambassadors, please click HERE.
1. Ms. Wong Suet Ying and Mr. Pun Man Kit’s sharing on their practicum experiences in Kwai Tsing district and Shum Shui Po district
2. Ms. Tam Lok Ting and Ms. Chung Po Ying’s sharing on their practicum experiences in Kwun Tong district and Shatin district
Student Exchange Programme is one of the major elective courses in the Bachelor of Science in Gerontology programme. Approximately half of the final year students have the opportunities to visit universities outside Hong Kong to learn about aged care system in Mainland China and overseas as well as to gain cross cultural insights into different approaches to gerontology education and practice. The School sponsors 75% of the airfare and accommodation expenses and all the fees for scheduled lectures and clinical visits during the exchange.
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Student: CHENG Shun Lai, Dicky (2017 graduate)
I'm pleased to be one of the students who visited the National Cheng Kung University. It's a precious opportunity to experience the development of aged care policies and services in Taiwan. Given the similar context of social development, we had fruitful sharing with teachers and students from the host institution on local aged care systems through different activities of the exchange programme. Also, we have learnt different innovative and creative delivery models of aged care services from the host institution through different kinds of visits, which can be integrated into our local services.
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Student: LEE Yee Ling, Elaine (2017 graduate)
The aged care system of Taiwan dedicated to providing quality aged care services to older people particularly inspired me. Healthcare practitioners emphasise on family’s participation during the recovery of a client. Therefore, different measures are established to facilitate family’s participation. For example, in the geriatric ward, the primary family caregiver is required to participate in compulsory training to make sure that the client receives the best care after discharge. I was impressed by their belief in the significant impacts of family support on the clients’ recovery.
Hua Mei Training Academy of Tsao Foundation, Singapore
Student: WONG Pui Yu, Peggy (2017 graduate)
I joined the student exchange programme to the Hua Mei Training Academy of the Tsao Foundation in Singapore. The programme was tight in its schedule, yet fruitful for our learning. During the programme, we participated in different learning activities, including lectures, tutorials, visits to health and social aged care settings and practicum in the centre. The most interesting thing that I observed during the exchange was the Dementia-friendly Community Project in Singapore, which provides training to different levels of people in the community, thus allowing people with dementia to live safely in the area. We learnt a lot through the programme, especially the systems and delivery models of health and social care services for older people in Singapore. The experience inspired us on the core elements of the best practices in aged care, which have significantly contributed to our future career development. I hope more students can be benefited from the exchange programme.
The Nethersole School of Nursing, CUHK is dedicated to nurturing aged care professionals with compassion. Students from the Bachelor of Science in Gerontology Programme have actively participated in a wide range of voluntary and community services. Some students will also take the lead to organise and coordinate community projects.
Ms Chan Hoi Lam and Ms Chow Yi Nga’s sharing on their experiences in volunteer activities