Gerontology | Certificate

Become a Gerontologist

Pacific University’s online graduate certificate program in gerontology for the healthcare professional is a post-baccalaureate program designed for many different employment opportunities including leadership, entrepreneurship, aging specialist, and health educator. Learn more about opportunities in Why Study Aging (pdf).

Our program develops ethical, visionary leaders who want to advance their knowledge and skills to improve societal health and well-being in the aging population.

Why Study Gerontology at Pacific University

The graduate certificate program in gerontology for the healthcare professional has a unique mission to foster and facilitate transdisciplinary education that enhances the quality of life of older adults. The certificate program emphasizes the science of aging and the experience of aging. The program focuses on:

  • health and aging
  • elder rights and health disparity in aging
  • creating change in the healthcare environment by developing, leading and managing innovative programs to better serve older adults

At Pacific, we focus on authentic learning, or developing real-life knowledge and skills. The program encourages students to create tangible and useful products to be shared with their world. In the gerontology program, students develop and implement ideas in their own workplaces. Pacific professors provide motivational challenges. They nurture and provide the necessary criteria, planning, timelines, resources and support to accommodate student success.

Here, the professor guides and facilitates. Assignments become processes for creating change and better outcomes in services to older adults. The capstone project is a real-life task that provides the learner with opportunities to connect with the real world.

Instead of vicariously discussing topics and regurgitating information in a traditional way on an exam, Pacific’s gerontology program provides learners with support to achieve a tangible, useful product worth sharing with their community and their world.

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For more information, visit Apply Now or view the Application (pdf)

Program Features

  • 18 credits (six courses completed in 15 months)
  • Online format designed to meet the needs of a working professional
  • Interdisciplinary faculty and students
  • Evidence-based approach
  • Courses designed to empower students to create change in their work environment
  • Flexible program start date

For more information on the Gerontology program and other School of Healthcare Administration programs, download our informative brochure.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Professor, Director, Gerontology Certificate Program
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chatham University

The Gerontology Program is designed to provide working professionals and other health professions students an opportunity to receive their certificate in gerontology simultaneously in an online environment.

  • Beginning with the Fall 2015 cohort, students will take six courses for a total of 18 credits as compared to previous cohorts who completed seven courses for 21 credits.
  • Curriculum culminates in a final capstone project that optimizes care and/or care environments for older adults
  • Courses build upon each other, thus students are expected to complete the curriculum in sequence
  • All courses are completed online, with no residential requirements
  • Class size limited to 15 students.

Fall 2015

Date

Course Title

First Year Courses
Aug 31 - Oct 17

GERO-501: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Aging Research

Oct 25 - Dec 14

GERO-550: Aging Brain and Body*

Second Year Courses

Aug 31 - Oct 17

GERO-625: Health Disparity in Aging

Oct 25 - Dec 14

GERO-650: Capstone Course: Creating Change*

 

Spring 2016

Date

Course Title

Jan 11 - Feb 29

GERO-525: Health Literacy and Communication

Mar 7 - May 9

GERO-575: Dementia and Memory*

*Some courses may be longer to accommodate Spring and Thanksgiving breaks.

Courses must be completed within four years of entering the program. See our Program Requirements for more information.