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Gerontology - Certificate

The Gerontology Certificate is designed for individuals interested in working with or serving older adults or those currently employed within the aging network. The focus of this certificate is to provide general knowledge of the aging process and a means to facilitate healthy, successful aging.

Program Code: 905441
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Area of Study: Health Sciences

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Offered At:


  • Online

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Certificate Entry

  • Completed application.
  • To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
  • Attend or view online program pre-registration information session.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the certificate in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 11
  • Curriculum Note: All courses must be passed with a C.

Certificate Outcomes

  • Direct Service Provider works "one-on-one" with older adults and their families to provide services.
  • Life Enrichment Provider works in small groups or "one-on-one" with older adults to engage and promote fulfillment.
  • Advocate: Embrace aging and longevity holistically and optimistically.

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • The entire certificate is available in an online delivery format.
  • The Introduction to Gerontology course (10-544-201) is offered every semester (Summer/Fall/Spring) and recommended as the first course in the certificate. This course may be taken concurrently with any of the other courses in the certificate.
  • No final grade lower than a "C" is acceptable in any of the (10-544-xxx) courses.

Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.