WEBVTT 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:08.000 [music] 00:00:08.000 --> 00:00:11.000 WINNINGHAM: We're experiencing a dramatic shift in demographics. 00:00:11.000 --> 00:00:15.000 In this country, every 7 seconds another adult turns 65 years of age. 00:00:16.000 --> 00:00:23.000 There are many opportunities in the retirement industry, long-term care industry, and healthcare fields. 00:00:24.000 --> 00:00:28.000 This is a growing population, and we need more trained professionals to work in this industry. 00:00:28.000 --> 00:00:30.000 ["More than 150."] 00:00:30.000 --> 00:00:36.000 Well, the psychology division at Western Oregon University has 15 full-time faculty, and we offer a range of courses 00:00:36.000 --> 00:00:40.000 that help people prepare for work in clinical services, social work, 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:46.000 brain science or neuroscience research, or industrial organizational psychology. 00:00:46.000 --> 00:00:53.000 Now we are excited to offer a major in gerontology. This is Oregon's first undergraduate major 00:00:53.000 --> 00:00:56.000 in the field of gerontology, which involves working with older adults. 00:00:57.000 --> 00:00:61.000 In designing this degree, we've developed a wide variety of courses for students to choose from. 00:01:01.000 --> 00:01:05.000 For example, we have courses in palliative care and chronic illness. 00:01:05.000 --> 00:01:11.000 We also have courses in Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and courses on healthcare operations. 00:01:11.000 --> 00:01:17.000 An important part of our program is to give students real-world hands-on experience, 00:01:17.000 --> 00:01:20.000 the type of experience that can help them get a job or get into graduate schools. 00:01:20.000 --> 00:01:27.000 Another exciting aspect of this major is a student can come back, if they have a bachelor's degree, and in only 45 credit hours, 00:01:27.000 --> 00:01:30.000 they can earn a Gerontology Bachelor's degree. 00:01:31.000 --> 00:01:38.000 There are many types of careers you can go into with a degree in gerontology. For example, students can go into the healthcare services, 00:01:38.000 --> 00:01:43.000 focus on nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology. 00:01:43.000 --> 00:01:50.000 There's also the track that we have that can help prepare students to work with hospice or palliative care, end-of-life care. 00:01:50.000 --> 00:01:54.000 There are many jobs and very fulfilling careers available in that area as well. 00:01:55.000 --> 00:01:62.000 This major goes along with other efforts that Western Oregon University has to offer programs in the healthcare fields. 00:02:02.000 --> 00:02:09.000 The elderly population is growing, and gerontology is a great field to help people prepare to work with this industry. 00:02:09.000 --> 00:02:13.000 [music]