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Elder Care

Degree: A.D.
Duration (Years): 2
Language: Turkish

The fundamental aim of the Elder Care Associate Degree Program is to graduate intermediate workforce who will contribute to the life-quality of the old people by providing rehabilitation and care services. The program takes pride in being the first program in the field of the elder care in the TRNC and carries great importance in increasing the life quality of the elderly. 

General Information

The program offers various profession-related courses on anatomy, physiology, nutrition and geriatric care.  Graduates of the program are qualified health professionals who are equipped with up-to-date information and problem solving skills. They possess cultural understanding and ethical values and, at the same time, give utmost importance to human health. The program is based on course books containing up-to-date information on geriatric care and includes theoretical and practical applications in the field.  Program graduates

  • are aware of the importance of ethical principles and rules for individuals and the community;
  • are able to interpret and evaluate data based on their knowledge in geriatric care; can define, analyse and provide solutions for problematic areas;
  • are able to work independently by using the information gained in the field of geriatric care.
  • work in line with social, scientific, cultural and ethical values in the collection, interpretation, application and dissemination of the data in the field of geriatric care.
  • act in accordance with the laws and regulations, by-laws and professional ethics related to their field. 


The program is important in catering for the increasing demand for the elder care staff both in the TRNC and the Republic of Turkey. Prominent academicians from the universities in the Republic of Turkey have agreed to contribute to the program both by providing consultancy and actively delivering courses.


  • The program has been developed upon strong academic and physical foundations
  • Along with academic activities taking place throughout the academic year, students are provided with summer internship opportunities at well-known health institutions.
  • Students may benefit from numerous social, cultural and sports activities offered by clubs and facilities within the university.
  • EMU Health Sciences Faculty Center for Healthy Living provides numerous advantages through the anatomy lab, professional skill lab, anthropometry lab and body analysis and metabolism calculation tools. 

Career Opportunities

The working environment for elder care staff is institutions and houses delivering care services. These are:

  • Old people’s homes,
  • Nursing homes,
  • Care services at home,
  • Places delivering geriatric care,
  • Hospitals,
  • Geronto psychiatric Clinics

Elder care staff members deliver protective and rehabilitative geriatric services to the elderly, sick and disabled people and may pursue employment opportunities at private or state institutions delivering geriatric care. 

Contact Information

Tel: +90 392 630 3939
Fax: +90 392 365 3940

Degree: A.D.
Duration (Years): 2
Language: Turkish
Course Code Course Title Semester Credit Lecture Hour (hrs/week) Lab (hrs/week) Tutorial (hrs/week) ECTS

Semester 1

FZTR151 Introduction to Anatomy 1 3 2 2 -
Bu ders; öğrencilerin, insan anatomisini ve fizyolojisini, vücut sistemlerini ve fonksiyonlarını öğrenmesini amaçlamaktır. Dersin kapsamında; kemikler, eklemler, kaslar, sistemler, organizmanın bölümleri (hücre-doku-organ-sistem), görevleri ve bu bölümler arasındaki iletişim incelenmektedir.
FZTR152 Introduction to Physiology 1 2 2 - -
Parts of the organism (cell-tissue-organ-system), their tasks and communication between these sections are examined. In the content of course, cell physiology, nerve, muscle, blood physiology and the physiology of the central nervous system ana physiology of respiratory and circulatory systems.
FZTR223 Health Concepts and Terminology 1 2 2 - -
Basic medical terms and concepts. In addition, it will be given information about diseases and the system of their international classification, the basic elements that make up medical terms, roots, prefixes, suffixes and the concepts related to health and disease.
FZTR161 Basic Pathology 1 2 2 - -
HMSR163 Basic First Aid 1 2 2 - -
lnitial care for an illness or injury, definition of first aid, it’s importance and principles, first aid kit, bleedings, shock and varieties, injuries, CPR ( cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), extraneous aspiration, fractures, dislocations and subluxations, burnings, exposure to hot and cold, intoxication, first aid in medical conditions, geriatric emergencies and first aid.
ENGL161 Basic English I 1 3 3 1 -
ENGL161 is the first semester, first year English language course offered to all students studying in a 2-year Turkish Medium Program at the university. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to halfway towards A1 level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This course introduces the students to the English language and aims to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
ITEC115 Introduction to Computers 1 3 2 2 -
The course presents the basic description of information technology concepts, basic computer system hardware and software components, common terminology in information technology, application areas, and integration of computer system components. Students document on the computer using office programs, spreadsheets, and presentations that are necessary to prepare is to provide basic knowledge and skills.
HIST280 Atatürk İlkeleri ve İnkilap Tarihi 1 2 2 - -

Semester 2

GERI102 Aged Care Principles and Applications - I 2 7 3 8 -
Senility and senility related definitions, basic necessities of the elder, basic principles of the application of elder care, vital semptoms, fever, pulse, blood pressure, respiration measurement and recordings, personal hygiene and application in elderly, bed care, relax lying positions, fullfilment of elder?s nutritional necessities, oral and gavage nutrition, bedsore and wound care in elders, application of oral and parenteral medicines, hot and cold applications in elderly.
GERI104 Elderly Acute-Chronic Diseases and Emergencies 2 3 2 - 2
Definition of chronic illnesses, properties, progression and stages, changes in cardiovascular system depend on senility, cardiac dysfunction, hypertension, peripheral vein disorders, diabetes mellitus and other endocrine illnesses, gastrointestinal system chronic illnesses, pulmonary system chronic illnesses, chronic kidney illnesses, hematological illnesses in senility, senility and cancer.
GERI106 Introduction to Geropsychiatry 2 2 2 - -
Senility, psychophatic deficiencies in elderly, bipolar disorder in elderly, senility depression, schizophrenia like paranoid disorders in elderly, anxiety disorders in elderly and dementia.
BESD161 Principles of Basic Nutrition 2 2 2 - -
To learn the basic concepts of nutrition and adequate and balanced nutrition, to learn the importance of nutrients, definition, chemical structure, sources, basic properties, functions, digestion, absorption and metabolism, also to learn the recommended daily intake of the nutrients.
FZTR126 Health Care Systems and Rehabilitation 2 3 3 - -
UE01 University Elective - I 2 3 3 - -
ENGL162 Basic English II 2 3 3 1 -
ENGL162 is the second semester, first-year English language course offered to all students studying in a 2-year Turkish Medium Program. It is designed to help students improve the level of their English to A1 level, as specified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This course introduces the students to the English language and aims to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in academic settings.
GERI207 Geriatric Pharmacology 2 2 2 - -
Basic concepts of pharmacology and toxicology, medications and their interaction, pharmacology, medication ? interaction of medications, medication abuse and addiction, medication and their effects for systems are included.

Semester 3

GERI200 Summer Internship 3 No-Credit - - -
The training course of 20 working days aims to reinforce students for practical application in associations and health centers with the consultancy of academic personel.
GERI201 Aged Care Principles and Applications - II 3 7 3 8 -
Elder care, students learn mobilization of the elderly, care for the elderly bedridden, terminal in the care of the elderly, oxygen therapy and aspiration in the elderly, fluid and electrolyte balance, foot problems and foot care in the elderly, applications for dermatological problems in the elderly, cardiovascular system problems and applications, respiratory system problems and applications.
GERI203 Basic Gerontology 3 3 3 - -
Senility and senility science history, specifications of geriatrics and gerontology, senility theories, senility dependent physiological and psycho-social changes, demographical position and epidemiology of senility in Turkey and in the world, health quality in elderly, most frequent problems in senility, senility dependent bealifs and age discrimination, senility and position of elders in Turkish culture, national and international senility policies, associations, foundations, establishments and activities related to elderly, law and regulations about elderly in Turkish culture.
GERI205 Aged Care at Home 3 3 2 2 -
Elderly home care managing and importance of elderly care home, organizing and managing home care services for elderly, case managing at home care services, the place and the importance of elder care in house in relation to family health, the psychological problems at home in elder care and managing methods, the associations that provide home care for elders in Turkey and in the world.
AE01 Area Elective I 3 3 3 - -
FZTR231 Check-in Elderly Rehabilitation 3 4 2 3 -
Senility physiology and aging effects on systems, effects of exercise at systems, effects of regular physical activity in elderly, the risks of physical activities in elderly, physical activity and muscle-skeleton system disorders, principles and techniques of the preparation of exercise programs for elderly, hydrotheraphy and pool gymnastic.
UE02 University Elective - II 3 3 3 - -
AE02 Area Elective II 3 3 3 - -

Semester 4

GERI210 Professional Practice 4 15 3 24 -
Students will have an opportunity to observe elderly population in nursing home and health centers. Will apply pratical knowledges to reinforce their teorical backgrounds in one academic term.