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Aging Specialist Certificate

Undergraduate Aging Specialist Certificate

Knowledge of aging is relevant to almost every area of study, and the Aging Specialist Certificate may supplement majors in various departments across campus, including, but not limited to, interdisciplinary studies, health sciences, leadership, social work, communication disorders, health care administration, psychology, sociology, hospitality management and dietetics and public health. The information gained through completing this certificate program can help individuals not only in their careers but also in their personal lives as they and members of their families age. Job opportunities related to aging are numerous among many settings including health and wellness companies, senior housing, advocacy and policy organizations, financial services, biotechnology, social service agencies, and academic and research settings.

Courses In The Certificate

The 15-semester-hour program includes 6 required hours in gerontology and 9 hours distributed across the three categories below. GERO 490 Independent Study in Gerontology (1-6 credits) and GERO 495 Topics in Gerontology (1-3 credits) may be counted towards the certificate.  For more information about the certificate, please contact the Applied Human Sciences Department at 270-745-4352.

Students wishing to receive the certificate must complete the Undergraduate Certificate form.



  • GERO 100 Introduction to the Aging Experience (3)
  • GERO 485 Seminar in Gerontology (3)

APPROVED ELECTIVES (9 hours) Choose one from each category below:

Biomedical and Health Services: (3) hours

  • BIOL 344 Biology of Aging
  • CD 489 Communication Disorders: Aging
  • EXS 455 Exercise and Aging
  • HMD 367 Nutrition for the Aging Population
  • NURS 451 Gerontological Nursing
  • PH 443 Health and Aging
  • PH 464 Women's Health

Social and Behavioral Sciences: (3) hours

  • ECON 365 Economics of Aging
  • PH 444 Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • PHIL 322 Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 426 Philosophy of Old Age
  • PSYS 423 Psychology of Adult Life and Aging
  • SOCL 342 Aging in Society

Administration, Policy and Management: (3) hours

  • FIN 161 Personal Finance
  • FIN 444 Retirement and Planning
  • HCA 340 Health Care Org and Management
  • HCA 345 Long-Term Care Administration
  • HCA 353 Quality in Long-Term Care
  • HCA 355 Nursing Facility Administration
  • HCA 471 Managed Care
  • PLS 395 Estate Planning and Administration
  • SWRK 326 Services for Older Adults


Accreditations achieved within the Applied Human Sciences Department

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic Undergraduate and Graduate programs

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program

Department of Applied Human Sciences, Academic Complex 302 , phone 270-745-4352


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 Last Modified 1/14/19