Gerontology Graduate Certificate
Online Program

Specialize in Care and Advocacy for Older Adults

The Online Gerontology Graduate Certificate approaches aging from a variety of perspectives, enabling you to develop programs for older adults; provide direct care; advocate for elders; and advise older persons and their families.

Course topics include health and psychosocial aspects of aging, community resources and social policy. This is not a profession-specific certificate and does not require a comprehensive exam. It is designed for individuals who:

  • Have a bachelor's degree in any discipline plus experience in a human service related occupation; or
  • Hold or are pursuing a master's degree or professional designation (e.g. RN, MSW) in a different discipline.

This 12 credit hour (4 courses) certificate also serves as a head start toward a UNC Gerontology Master of Arts degree, for those who are interested in further education in the field.

You can begin the Gerontology Graduate Certificate program each Fall or Spring (contact the Academic Coordinator about Summer options). See the Get Started section below for application deadlines for each term and the steps to apply.

A Growing Population...A Growing Need

By the middle of the 21st Century, 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65. -

The Online Gerontology Graduate Certificate is designed to equip you with the practical knowledge and skills to pursue a wide variety of growing-demand positions with older adults. You can prepare for work in assisted living centers, senior centers, community agencies, and businesses that work with or employ older adults.

People who work in aging report satisfaction in addressing the challenges of those who are growing older. This program can help you positively influence agencies and organizations that serve older persons and the policies that affect their lives.

More Resources

We also encourage you to visit the Gerontology Department page for this program. From there you can also learn more about the on-campus Master of Arts program.

View the Online Gerontology Graduate Certificate Brochure.

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Contact the Academic Program Coordinator

Gerontology Graduate Certificate—Academic Program Coordinator

Susan Collins, Ph.D.
(970) 351-2464

Course of Study

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

  • GERO 560 Community Resources for the Elderly (3)
  • GERO 625 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (3)
  • GERO 635 Social Policies for the Aging (3)
  • GERO 640 Health Aspects of Gerontology (3)

At least two of the courses above are offered each Fall and Spring semester. For more details about the course of study and to establish the best course of study for your progress through the certificate, contact the Academic Program Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

Tuition and Financial Aid

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