Certificate in Gerontology

College of Health Sciences

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 elderly while gaining research and service experience in gerontology. The certificate program provides students with nationally recognized documentation of their academic training in the field.

Curriculum (18 semester hours)

Certificate Core Courses
NSG 554APN Adult Health/Gero Theories of Normal Aging3
HEA 548A Life Span Approach to Public Health3
NTD 601Nutrition & Health in Aging3
NSG 556APN Adult Health/Gero Health Illness Transitions3
Applied Experience in Aging/Gerontology3
Dependent on student's discipline of interest (e.g., Nursing, Nutrition, Health, Social Work, Kinesiology), if only enrolled in the certificate program, students will take HEA 650
In addition to the certificate core, one elective courses chosen under advisement with the Gerontology Program Coordinator in the Department of Health.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 571.3
Total Credits Required 18

Students are required to complete their internship, ALE, capstone, etc. hours at an aging site. If in MPH or other graduate program with applied experience (e.g., nursing practicum, exercise physiology capstone) this experience counts for these 3 credits as long as site is approved by Gerontology Certificate Coordinator.