Gerontology Online

Gerontology Online

The Gerontology Program in collaboration with Distance Education will be launching of a new ONLINE Graduate Certificate in Gerontology starting Fall 2017.  This certificate program was designed to provide graduate education in Gerontology for those who already have a graduate degree in another field or at minimum have a Bachelor’s degree and who are interested in working with the older adult population.  For more information, see: Distance Education > Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology


The certificate will be awarded upon completion of five graduate level courses (15 credit hours) in the area of gerontology.  The students in this graduate certificate program will need to complete the following courses*:

FALL 2017:

KNES 5232. Physiology of Human Aging (3 credits)

Focuses on the normal physiological alterations that occur as the human progresses from a young adult to the latter stages of life. Special attention is given to interventions commonly promoted to combat the physiological changes that result from aging. (Fall 2017)

Gerontology 5280. The Experience of Dementia (3 credits)

Provides an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders using a person-centered perspective. This topic is explored from the perspectives of the person diagnosed, family members and concerned friends, and both formal caregivers. Students who successfully complete this course will gain a holistic insight into these Disorders and their implications of both individuals and society. (Fall 2017).

SPRING 2018:

Gerontology 6600. Current Issues in Gerontology (3 credits)

Study of current issues and topics in the field of aging from an interdisciplinary perspective. Reading materials present the contributions of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from multiple disciplines. The objectives include: (1) learning about the main topics on aging; (2) identifying the priorities for older adults in North Carolina; (3) exploring policy recommendations for supportive services; and (4) engaging with organizations in the aging field and other stakeholders, to shape the set of evidence based strategies to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. (Spring 2018)

Psychology 6124. Psychology of Aging (3 credits)

Particular emphasis on issues related to community/clinical psychology and industrial/organizational psychology. Topics include myths and stereotypes about aging, cognitive abilities among older adults, problems faced by older workers, retirement, mental health and normal aging, counseling the older adult, and psychological disorders in later life. (Spring 2018)

SUMMER 2018:

Gerontology 6400. Practicum (3 credits)

Completion of a field-based educational experience which relates to the student's career goals and objectives (150 hours). The practicum is meant to provide additional hands-on experience for those who are relatively new to the field or to broaden the experience of those with extensive practical experience working with older adults. Each student will work with his/her adviser to design a Practicum which will meet his/her specific needs. (Summer 2018)

Find additional details on the faculty profiles, schedule of course delivery, and course descriptions online at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Gerontology Program page. The cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 and at most one course with a grade of C may be allowed toward the certificate. Requests for related course substitutions may be approved at the discretion of the Program Coordinator, Dr. Anita Blowers or the Director of the Gerontology Program, Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez