Gerontology, Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Why Pursue This Program
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.
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
- Geriatric Care/Case Managers
- Aging Services Administrators
- Assisted Living Administrators
- Elder Law Attorneys
- Estate Planners
- Financial Planners
- Nursing Assistants
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.