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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Botanical Garden | Evaluated Learning Experience

Horticultural Therapy for the Aging Population (THR 401)

15 hours (3 weeks).
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY.

September 2008 - December 2022.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe the demographic makeup of the older adult population in the United States and how therapeutic service needs are affected; identify common chronic diseases and impairments that occur during the aging process; identify losses and issues affecting adults as they age-both physical and cognitive; compare current models of aging and how they affect living situations for older adults; explain how horticultural therapy can be used to meet the social, emotional, physical and cognitive goals for older adults; identify common types of dementia, the stages of Alzheimer's disease and compare and contrast the differences in cognitive functioning associated with each stage; adapt horticultural tasks and methods to meet the needs and treatment goals of this population; describe evaluation tools in horticultural programming with older adults; identify the roles of interdisciplinary team members in programs for older adults; and perform a literature review of scientific, refereed journal articles concerning horticultural therapy for elders.


This course is taught in a traditional classroom environment with required site visits as part of the certificate program. Methods of instruction include: lectures, class discussions, readings, individual and group design and presentation, case studies, assigned reading and individual research. Prerequisite: Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (THR 301).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Horticultural Therapy, Horticulture, Social Work, Special Education or Psychology (11/12) (11/17 revalidation).