Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue or advance careers within aging services organizations or academic research in aging. Students wishing to earn a Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology must complete the required 18 graduate credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.00 or better. No student may complete all 18 credits within a single school or college. A maximum of half of the credits (9) may be double-counted toward one's degree program. The curriculum consists of the following courses:
- Core Courses (6 credits)
- Nurs 760 Processes of Aging (3 credits)
- Soc Wrk 851 Social Issue and Policy Analysis: with the subtitle "Age and Community: Policy to Practice" (3 credits)
- Choice Core (6 credits min)
- Students must choose 6 credits from the following “Choice Core”:
- ADLSP 547 - The Educational Dimensions of Practice with Older Adults (3 credits)
- PSYCH 680 - Psychology of Aging (3 credits)
- SW 685 - Social Gerontology (3 credits)
- SW791 - Current Topics: Death and Dying - Aging section only (3 credits)
- THR699 - Creativity in Health Settings (3 credits)
- Electives (6 credits)
- Students will work with the Certificate Coordinator to approve the selection 6 credits from the remaining Choice Core classes and additional electives, including a "Practicum" in the student’s home department or area of choice.
Students must complete an Integrative Portfolio as a final project under the guidance of the Certificate Coordinator and an assigned advisor. This Portfolio includes papers/materials from core courses and an introduction and reflective conclusion that integrates the key concepts from the interdisciplinary coursework and identifies potential impact on their future practice in research or aging services.
Those students who wish to earn the Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology can be admitted for the certificate program as non-degree graduate students provided they possess a bachelor's or higher degree with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75. Admission as a non-degree graduate student does not constitute admission to a master's degree program. Students may also pursue the certificate while enrolled in another graduate program or as a post-graduate student.
Students wishing to pursue the Certificate in Applied Gerontology must submit an application to the Program before completion of six credits in the certificate sequence. There is a time limit of three years from initial enrollment for completion of the certificate program.