The multidisciplinary certificate program in gerontology offers a concentration of studies designed for those who wish to understand and advance the quality of life of older persons. The concentration may be taken in addition to an appropriate major: nursing, social work, sociology, social and behavioral sciences/occupational therapy, business, psychology, biology, political science, Africana studies, education or religion. Students wishing admission into the concentration should contact the program contact, Professor Christine Heer, and/or the gerontology adviser in their discipline.
In addition to the requirements of the school and the major upon which the concentration is built, the following four units - a minimum of 17 credits - are required. Courses are all 3 credits, except as noted.
NUTH 3002 Gerontological Nursing (2 credits)
SOWK 1911 Introduction to Gerontology
PSYC 1214 Adult Development
SOCI 2511/AFAM 2328 Growing Older: The Sociology of Aging
SOWK 1912 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
An internship (practicum or clinical) in direct service or research is required of all students. Students in the professions need not do another internship but must complete their required clinical or practicum in aging. Students in majors not requiring an internship must complete an internship. Contact the director of the Gerontology Program to plan for satisfaction of the internship requirement. 3 credits minimum
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