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Gerontology Certificate

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Application Deadline: June 26, 2024
Classes Start: July 1, 2024


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Online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The gerontology graduate certificate program addresses the need of healthcare professionals as well as professionals in other fields to be prepared to serve the unique needs of older adults. Graduate students will learn how to help the aging population optimize their health, as well as other concerns with aging, in our online programs.

What is a Gerontology Graduate Certificate?

A gerontology graduate certificate is a specialized academic program typically offered by universities and colleges. It is designed to provide individuals, often those who already have a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, with focused knowledge and skills related to the field of gerontology. Gerontology is the study of aging and the various physical, psychological, social, and cultural aspects associated with growing older.

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Why Study Gerontology?

Studying gerontology holds immense value for several reasons. The global demographic shift towards an aging population underscores the need for experts who understand the unique needs of older adults. This shift has created a demand for professionals in healthcare, social work, psychology, and policy-making who can effectively address aging-related issues.

Gerontology offers a comprehensive view of the aging process, encompassing biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects. By understanding these dimensions, you can contribute to enhancing the quality of life for older adults through tailored interventions and programs that combat isolation and improve overall well-being.

Your expertise in gerontology can also influence policy discussions and advocacy efforts, shaping legislation that supports aging individuals in areas like healthcare and housing. Additionally, you can engage in cutting-edge research that informs medical advancements and technology aimed at improving the aging experience.

By studying gerontology, you’ll develop empathy, challenge age-related stereotypes, and collaborate across disciplines to find creative solutions to the roadblocks of healthy aging. This field not only offers rewarding career opportunities but also the chance to make a meaningful impact on a global scale by improving the lives of older adults and promoting a more positive perception of aging.

Careers in Gerontology

Graduate certificate programs in gerontology can open up various job opportunities across different sectors that deal with aging populations. While the specific roles you can pursue may vary based on your background, experience, and the focus of your certificate program, here are some potential job options:

  • Aging Program Coordinator
  • Elder Care Manager
  • Senior Services Administrator
  • Health Educator for Older Adults
  • Aging Research Assistant
  • Policy Analyst in Aging
  • Caregiver Support Specialist
  • Long-Term Care Consultant
  • Aging and Wellness Coach
  • Senior Housing Coordinator
  • Program Development Specialist
  • Aging Policy Advocate


Introductory course for the Master of Arts in gerontology program that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology. Involves several academic disciplines or professional specializations in an approach to gerontology. Substantive, conceptual and methodological issues central to the study of aging and the life course are explored

This course focuses on the differences and diversity of the aging population from a national perspective. Topics include race, ethnicity, gender, social class, spiritual and economic issues.

Covers a variety of special topics in gerontology. This course is developed and offered based on interest from students and instructors. The topics broaden and complement the gerontological content offered in the required courses taken in the M.A. in gerontology program. Examples of topics include: Families in Later Life; Death and Dying; Aging and Health; Resilience over the Life Course; Global Aging; Gender and Aging; Aging in Literature and Film; Sexuality and Aging; and Grant Writing.

Designed to expand students’ knowledge of and skills in effective program management of aging services and organizations serving older adults. Students review the aging network while considering the unique needs of older adults. This course also examines approaches for managing service programs effectively. Implications for program evaluation are considered.

The practicum experience encompasses a supervised practice in a community agency that serves older adults and their families. In addition to the coursework, students are required to complete 240 hours of service during this 16-week course.

Gerontology Certificate Program Admission Requirements

  • Objective Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendations
  • Free online application
  • Transcripts from each institution attended

Deadline to Apply

May 1, 2024

Start Date

May 6, 2024

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