Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 18
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Program Overview

The online Gerontology, Graduate Certificate is designed to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of aging and prepare them to address the challenges and opportunities of an aging population. This specialization is intended as a companion for students who have a major in another discipline in addition to Gerontology.

This certificate allows professionals the ability to acquired focused training in the area of gerontology. 

Benefits of the Gerontology, Graduate Certificate program: 

  • A multidisciplinary education in the biological, psychological and social aspects of aging
  • Knowledge of the resources available to improve the lives of older adults and to promote aging in place
  • An opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of aging through the practicum
  • Exposure to innovative research in aging, including the study of brain changes with age
  • Development of The Courage to Care

The program is offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Department of Gerontology. The department has embraced this way of learning as a reflection of the 21st-century world as it provides students with a convenient, thought-provoking way of learning about the aging experience. 

The department conducts relevant research in conjunction with local and federal agencies that serve the public and its changing needs. Research areas include end-of-life planning, aging prisoners, resiliency and public policy. 

Career Outlook: It is estimated that the population of persons 65 years of age and older will increase from 40 million in 2010 to 88 million in 2050, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. The shift demands qualified professionals who can address the impact of individuals with training in this age group will have. 

The high demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing and career opportunities are numerous and varied.

A few examples of careers in Gerontology are:

  • Geriatric Care/Case Managers
  • Aging Services Administrators
  • Assisted Living Administrators
  • Caregivers
  • Elder Law Attorneys
  • Estate Planners
  • Financial Planners
  • Nursing Assistants

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  3. Complete and submit a separate application the academic department

Courses You’ll Take

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GERO 8730-850Dying, Death and Grieving3
An examination of theory and research relevant to interaction with the older, terminally ill person, focusing on communication with widows and other survivors as well as the dying patient
GERO 9110-850Applied Social Gerontology3
An overview of social gerontology with an emphasis on the interplay between social, psychological and physical elements in later life. Restricted to graduate students only; required of gerontology students.
GERO 9110Applied Social Gerontology3
An overview of social gerontology with an emphasis on the social, psychological and physical elements in later life.
GERO 8756Midlife, Career-Change and Pre Retirement3
This course is designed to involve candidates in the exploration of the developmental tasks of mid-life, myths and realities related to career change as well as the implication of preretirement planning. Factual information, as well as model examination and evaluation are presented to aid the candidate in becoming better equipped to understand some of the forces which affect the well-being of middle aged persons as they prepare for the later years.
GERO 8946Practicum3
This course provides the opportunity to students to share field experiences; to obtain guidance concerning various relationships with agency, staff and clients; and to develop a broadly based perspective of the field of aging.
GERO 8730Dying, Death and Grieving3
An interdisciplinary survey of literature in the field of thanatology, with an emphasis on working with the older patient and his or her family.
GERO 8556Health Aspects of Aging3
This course emphasizes health promotion for older adults. Special health needs of older Americans are compared and contrasted with health needs for other age groups. Prevention or delaying of chronic diseases and disorders are emphasized.
GERO 8526Senior Housing3
This course focuses on various living environments available to older adults, and provides information that will help in the choosing of an appropriate living situation other than the family home.
GERO 8726Baby Boomers and the 21st Century3
Marketing decisions and strategies apply to all businesses and are influenced by the target market. The economic realities and the character of America will change due to shifting demographics of baby boomers. Businesses that understand the power of the baby boomers will succeed; failure to understand that power may lead to economic consequences. Students from many disciplines will benefit from this cross-referenced course blending the realities of gerontology with the predictions of baby boomer behavior and the resulting impact to all businesses.
GERO 9460Seminar in Aging and Human Behavior3
This course will examine in detail age-related changes in psychological processes and explore the implications of these changes for behavior.
GERO 8476Mental Health and Aging (E)3
The goal of this course is to survey the mental health needs of older adults. Consideration is given to identifying both positive mental health and pathological conditions. Treatment interventions effective with older adults and their families are also discussed.
GERO 8920Special Studies in Gerontology3
Special studies designed around the interests and needs of the individual student in such areas as the psychology, sociology, economics or politics of aging, as well as operation of various service systems. The studies may be either a literature review project or a field project in which experience is gained in the community identifying and analyzing needs and services related to older people.
GERO 8020Introduction to Research Methods3
This course will provide experience in how to read, interpret and assess research articles in Gerontology, training in problem formulation and translating the problem formulation into appropriate methodology for empirical testing of hypotheses.
GERO 8466Psychology of Adult Development and Aging3
The focus of this course is on the major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of again. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change are examined, along with their implications for behavior. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Julie Blaskewicz Boron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Julie Boron’s research interests focus on the theme of everyday problem solving and the importance of cognition, emotion and the social context on problem-solving in daily life. She is very interested in the contribution of individual factors, such as personality and health on differences in functioning. Dr. Boron teaches Introduction to Research Methods.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.