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The interdisciplinary 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 any major, with particular relevance to nursing, social work, sociology, social and behavioral sciences/occupational therapy, or psychology. Students wishing admission into the concentration should contact the program contact, Dawn Apgar at [email protected].


Certificate Requirements 

In addition to the requirements of the school and the major upon which the concentration is built, the following four units - a minimum of 15 credits - are required. Courses are all 3 credits, except as noted. 

Certificate Requirements: Two of the following - 6 credits
SOCI 2511 Growing Older: The Sociology of Aging
NUTH 3102 Gerontological Nursing
SOWK 1911 Introduction to Gerontology

Electives: Two of the following - 6 credits
PSYC 1214 Adult Development
RELS 2316 Theology of Death
NUTH 4440/ CORE3912 Care of the Dying- Healthcare Interventions for Body, Mind and Soul
SOWK 1912 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
NUTH1102 Lifespan Context for Health of Diverse Individuals and 

  • Note – One of the courses not taken as a requirement can also be used as an elective if all three are taken by a student.
  • Only one requirement OR elective can also be used as a requirement OR elective for a major or a minor.

An internship (practicum or clinical) in direct service or research is required of all students. Students in majors that have internship requirements 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 certificate to plan for satisfaction of the internship requirement PRIOR to the start of the internship. 3 credits minimum

Additional electives (not required) – May be substituted for an elective with prior permission.
Students wishing to supplement the required courses should consider the following courses:

ANTH 2224 Health and Medicine: An Anthropological Approach
PSYC 2212 Developmental Psychology
RELS 2511 Christian Values and Health Issues
SOCI 2813 Self and Society

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