2017-18 Catalogs

Certificate in Gerontology

America’s aging demographics are increasing the demand for professionals with the knowledge and skills to meet the health, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of older adults. Whether students are currently working with older adults or interested in the health and human services profession, the Online Certificate Program in Gerontology will develop capacity to serve this clinically complex population. The program is based on multidisciplinary competencies recommended by the Partnership for Health in Aging.

The minimum number of credits required for this certificate: 15. These courses may be taken in any sequence.

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

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

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

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

The program recommends that students have junior or 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 who have questions or are interested in learning more about the Gerontology certificate should contact the Gerontology Certificate Director.

Students who are not currently USM students who are interested in taking a class should contact an Admissions Counselor.