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Certificate in Gerontology

Over the next 20 years, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will double. Additionally, the number of adults over 85 who need acute, primary, and long-term care will increase five-fold. This demographic shift will significantly increase the demand for professionals with the skills and knowledge to care for the health, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of older adults.

The Certificate Program in Gerontology is designed to help professionals currently working with older adults, as well as individuals preparing for health and human services professions, develop their capacity to serve this clinically complex population.  The program is based on the multidisciplinary competencies recommended by the Partnership for Health in Aging.

Students may complete the five courses in the program in one year by taking one course in each 7-week session or they may proceed at their own pace.

15 undergraduate credits are required for this certificate. These courses maybe taken in any sequence.

Required Courses (6 credits)- Courses are offered every year.

  • HRD 310 Aging and the Search for Meaning
  • CON 313 Health in Later Years 

Elective Courses (choose 3 of the following)- These courses may vary each year. 

  • CON 390 Evaluation and Health Assessment of the Older Adult
  • HRD 312 The Spiritual Challenges and Opportunities of Aging
  • CON 318 Adult Development and Aging
  • STH 315 Rehabilitation Services for Older Adult
  • SWO 375 Gender and Aging
  • STH 300 Partnering with Family Caregivers

The program recommends that students have junior/senior status or some college experience if they are experienced professionals. The individual courses require that all students have taken a college level writing course and at least one course in either psychology or sociology. Students should be prepared for a rigorous academic experience as all courses are upper level and the 7-week format is intensive.

Students may complete the entire certificate or select individual courses.

http://www.usm.maine.edu/online/online-certificate-program-gerontology

If you are interested in completing this Gerontology certificate online, simply complete the Enrollment Form or call us at (207) 780-5900, and we will assist you through the enrollment process.

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