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The world’s aging population requires more understanding — and support — from knowledgeable human services professionals. Our undergraduate Gerontology Certificate program provides a foundation of the role of human services and then adds more focused insight into the biology and psychology of aging, institutional settings and the sustainability of relevant social programs for the elderly, and the process of grief and loss. This eight-course program has been developed to align with criteria established by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.
The undergraduate Certificate Program in Human Services Gerontology is comprised of 4 fundamental courses that provide a foundation for more specialized courses within this human services area, and an additional 4 courses focused on the biology of aging and the pathology of memory, disengagement theory, mental health issues such as depression, suicide, and the psychology of aging, the aging family and changes in family structure, intra- and inter-generational relationships across various societies, and healthful aging ideology. Students will demonstrate understanding of patient and caregiver needs and roles in late life care with topics that include: practical care assistance and early preparation, referral for financial and legal assistance, comfort and dignity issues, respite care, grief support, focusing on client values and concerns, and addressing family conflict.\r
\rThe Gerontology Certificate is a certificate program that provides a foundation of knowledge in the field of gerontology. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a counselor or mental health provider.
The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
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Most certificate programs are credit-bearing, and many are eligible for federal financial aid for students who qualify. Please note that the A+ Fundamentals, CCNA and Network+ Technologies certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. The Application Delivery Networking Certificate Program (noncredit) is not credit bearing and not eligible for financial aid. Students completing the noncredit Application Delivery Networking Certificate Program will receive a letter of completion.
While widely available, not all courses are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats.