College of Science, Technology, and Health

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. Courses may be taken in any sequence.

Required Courses (6 credits): 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 (9 credits): Courses may vary each year.
     GRN 300 Aging in the Family
     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. 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.

Candidates for admission must submit:

  • Online application for Certificate Program;
  • Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts from secondary school and/or all colleges and universities from which you received a degree;
  • Additional or other special admission requirements specified by program.

The application for certificate programs is available online at the Office of Admissions Web site at http://usm.maine.edu/apply. Please note, students who are enrolled solely in an undergraduate certificate program are not eligible for Federal financial aid.