Gerontology Certificate

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Program Code: 905441

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.


Certificate Completers will be able to

.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.


Requirements for Certificate Entry:

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to started.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. 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.

Catalog No. Description
10-544-201 GERO: INTRO TO GERONTOLOGY ...provides an opportunity for the student to develop greater awareness and appreciation for aging. Topics addressed include demographic, biological, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process as well as careers within the field of aging.
10-544-203 GERO: HEALTHY AGING ...overview of practices to promote healthy aging. This course will address nutrition, physical activity and prevention practices as well as an overview of medications commonly prescribed for the older adult. Emphasis will focus around the "well" elderly population and practices identified to address current aging trends.
10-544-206 GERO: DEATH AND DYING of losses across the lifespan associated with death and dying. Societal and personal views of death, dying, and bereavement and recommendations for healthy transitions in coping with loss will be explored.
10-544-205 GERO: ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA DISEASE of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Students will differentiate between stages of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. By analyzing normal brain processes and how these diseases affect brain function, students gain insight on best practices in responding to the needs of this population and their caregivers and loved ones.
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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.
Credits from this certificate may be applied toward the Gerontology Associate degree.
No final grade lower than a "C" is acceptable in any of the (10-544-xxx) courses.