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Gerontology (Administration)

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Bachelor of Science in Gerontology with a concentration in Administration uses a multidisciplinary approach to discover the many issues and opportunities facing the worlds rapidly increasing aging population, including independence, health changes and end-of-life planning.

Why pursue a degree in Gerontology:  

  • You have a passion for working with the aging population.
  • You understand the importance of knowledge and training in physical, psychological and social aspects of aging and want to further your personal knowledge in these areas.
  • You have specific career goals and want a degree where you can tailor coursework to your career path.
  • You need a flexible course structure, with courses offered 100% online.
  • You want to become an influence and advocate in the needs of the aging community, including the frail and vulnerable population.

Career Outlook: According to the Administration for Community Living, by 2020, 77 million people will be 60 and older in the U.S. The shift demands qualified professionals who can offer ideas and solutions to address the opportunities of an aging population. The degree allows students to have flexibility with coursework and can be easily paired with other majors and minors in other disciplines to expand career opportunities. The high demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing and career opportunities are numerous and varied.  

Graduates can pursue careers in: 

  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Aging Services Administrators
  • Assisted Living Administrators
  • Caregivers
  • Educators
  • Estate Planners
  • Financial Planners
  • Geriatric Care/Case Managers
  • Trainers 

Janelle Beadle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Janelle Beadle investigates the brain basis of social cognition and perception in healthy aging, aging-related disease and patients with brain damage. In particular, she is interested in how brain changes with age affect our ability to empathize with others. Her teaching interests include the biology of aging, neuroscience of aging and changes in the cognitive and emotional systems with age.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A high school diploma

  2. 2.50 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:

  • Complete the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 1
Summer Session
July 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Statistics Course3

Course Number:

Choose from one of the following: PA 3000 Applied Statistics and Data Processing in Public Sector, STAT 3000 Statistical Methods, SOC 2130 Social Statistics, MATH 1530 Introduction to Applied Probability and Statistics, PSYC 3130 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Research Methods3

Course Number:

Choose from one of the following courses: CRCJ 2510 Rsearch Methods, SOC 3510 Research Methods

Area of Concentration or Minor18-20

Course Number:

Students select an area of concentration or minor.

GERO 2000Introduction to Gerontology3

Course Number: GERO 2000

An introduction to social gerontology and human development in later life; emphasis is on important elements of aging, such as socialization, family interaction, retirement, physical and psychological aging and perceptions of older persons in contemporary society.

GERO 3000Community Resources for Older Adults3

Course Number: GERO 3000

This course is designed to introduce the student to community resources for older adults, to identify the organizations and individuals in the public and private sectors that help support aging in place and to examine the impact of the efforts on older adults at the national, state and local levels. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Completion of GERO 2000. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

GERO 3070Death and Dying3

Course Number: GERO 3070

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 3500Biological Principles of Aging3

Course Number: GERO 3500

The Biological Bases of Aging Course provides a survey of the primary topics in the biology of aging field for undergraduate students. This a required course for the Gerontology major. By the end of the course, students will understand major theories, biological methods and seminal research studies in the biology of aging field. Furthermore, students will learn how to critically analyze and interpret primary research about biological aging. This course provides preparation for students considering graduate school in gerontology or biology, geriatric nursing and social work, geriatric medicine, neuroscience, psychology and exercise science. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Sophomore/Junior/Senior Standing. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

GERO 4460Psychology of Adult Development and Aging3

Course Number: GERO 4460

The focus of this course is on the major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of aging. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change are examined, along with their implications for behavior. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior.

GERO 4470Mental Health and Aging3

Course Number: GERO 4470

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. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior.

GERO 4550Health Aspects of Aging3

Course Number: GERO 4550

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 4670Programs and Services for the Elderly3

Course Number: GERO 4670

This course is provided to give the student a historical overview of programs for the elderly, examine the national policy process as it relates to the older American and review the principles and practices relative to the existing national programs for the aged. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

GERO 4690Working with Minority Elderly3

Course Number: GERO 4690

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the differing status, attitudes and experiences of the elderly within minority groups. This course examines various service systems and practice models in terms of their relevance and effectiveness in meeting needs of the minority elderly.

GERO 4940Practicum3

Course Number: GERO 4940

Students must be enrolled in the GERO program and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Not open to non-degree graduate students. This course provides the opportunity for students to share field experiences, obtain guidance concerning various relationships with agency, staff and clients and to develop a broadly based perspective of the field of aging. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Nine hours in gerontology and permission.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Elective Courses 9

Course Number:

Select an additional 9 credit hours of Gerontology coursework, based on interests and career objectives.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $285.00
  • Fees: $53.75
  • Total: $338.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $855.00
  • Fees: $161.25
  • Total: $1016.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $440.00
  • Fees: $53.75
  • Total: $493.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1320.00
  • Fees: $161.25
  • Total: $1481.25

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