Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

College of Education and Social Work

The certificate in gerontology is an interdisciplinary program designed to serve individuals who are now employed or anticipate working in the field of aging. Students will broaden their formal and practical knowledge of the older adult, their families and caregivers. The certificate program provides students with documentation of their academic training in the field.

Certificate Core Courses
NSG 554APN Adult Health/Gero Theories of Normal Aging3
NTD 601Nutrition & Health in Aging3
NSG 556APN Adult Health/Gero Health Illness Transitions3
In addition to the certificate core, one elective course chosen under advisement with the Gerontology Program Coordinator. Students from the Health, Kinesiology and Social Work departments are encouraged to take the elective in their program of study to supplement their primary degree. Students in other departments are advised to choose the elective that best fits with their career trajectory. Elective courses include HEA 645 or SWG 571. Field practicum, internships and capstone projects at approved aging sites may also be considered for 3 credit electives for graduate students simultaneously enrolled in some graduate programs (e.g. MSW, Nursing, Kinesiology).3
Total Credits Required 12

Graduate students simultaneously enrolled in some graduate programs may have the option of completing their field practicum capstone, etc. hours at an aging site. If in the MSW or other graduate program with applied experience (e.g., social work field practicum, nursing practicum, exercise physiology capstone) this experience counts for these 3 credits as long as the site is approved by the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator.