Gerontology Certificate

Ashland University offers an 18-hour interdisciplinary online, non-degree certificate program in the area of gerontology (study of aging and the problems associated with elderly people).  Students in our program have the opportunity to take courses in a multidisciplinary field that includes sociology, psychology, social work, family and consumer sciences and health sciences. Students explore a holistic perspective of gerontology through the study of biological, psychological and social aspects of aging.

The certificate program focuses on the field of health and reviews diseases in later life.

What you will love about the gerontology program

  • The ability to take courses online
  • Individuals pursuing a degree in nursing may complete the program as a minor
  • You will have the opportunity to study and gain expertise in a wide range of content areas that span from science and psychology to social work and family studies
  • The certificate will complement professions that work with an aging population

Reach your career goals

Students who finish their certificate in gerontology have the ability to choose from a wide variety of careers that may include:

  • Long-term Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Geriatric Case Manager
  • Gerontological Nurse


Students will select five of the following courses to fulfill the 18-hour certificate requirement:

  • SOC 223: Sociology of Aging
  • PSY 224: Psychology of Aging
  • HS 322: Physical Aging
  • FCS 323: Later Adulthood in the Family Context
  • SOCWK 324: Working with Older Adults
  • ES/FCS 343: Active Aging and Wellness
  • FCS/SWK 350: Death and Dying

What students have to say...

"I feel that I have a greater respect for working with older adults and I understand them better [after taking this class]. I feel now that I may want to work with older adults."

"It made me more aware of what older adults actually go through and feel. [The course] takes you more in depth about how to work with them [older adults]. I came into this class not having any interest at all [in working with older adults]. Now I can actually see myself doing this!"


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