Gerontology

Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology

certificate code - cu03

The Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology may be pursued concurrently with any undergraduate major. The Certificate affords students an opportunity to explore the basic biological, psychological, and sociological processes of aging, their effect on the needs of older people, and the impact of social policies related to human aging. Additionally, through required field experience, students develop basic skills for effective practice with older adults. The certificate emphasizes an understanding of the unique problems and needs of older adults in Appalachia and other rural areas.

The Certificate requires eighteen credit hours, including a field experience as described below.

  • Students are admitted to the Certificate Program by application. An application form is available on the School of Social Work website or may be obtained from the main office. Applications are accepted during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher to be considered for admission to the Certificate Program.
  • A grade of a B or better must be earned in all Certificate coursework.
  • Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements of the program will receive an Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology awarded by the School of Social Work at the time they receive their baccalaureate degree. The Certificate award will be noted on each recipient’s University transcript.
Required Courses9
Introduction to Gerontology
Adulthood and Aging
Rural Gerontology
Professional Field Experience *
Electives9
Public Policy of Aging
Aging, Women and Culture
Independent Study
Audiological Assessment
Aural Rehabilitation
Communication and Aging
Core Concepts in Gerontological Nursing
Health Care Ethics
Death and Dying
Special Topics
Special Topics
Social Work Practice and End of Life Care
Contemporary Issues in Aging
Total Hours18

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Gerontology

Upon completion of the certificate, students should be able to:

  • Apply basic knowledge of biological, psychological, and sociological processes of and issues in aging.
  • Discuss social policies and programs related to human aging.
  • Articulate the unique problems and needs as well as strengths of older adults in Appalachia and other rural areas.
  • Demonstrate professional engagement with older adults in a community-based setting.