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Gerontology, BMS

Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

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  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS) degree with an area of concentration in Gerontology prepares students to work with aging adults and their families. 

Students in this program study: 

  • The human aging process 
  • Biological, behavioral and social changes associated with aging 
  • The services that assist in the aging process
  • Real world applications in a practicum setting 

Students of this program appreciate that it is offered 100% online and can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning the student and instructor may access content at any time and do not need to be available at a specific time. The program has embraced online learning as a reflection of the 21st century, and this program offers students a convenient, thought-provoking way of learning about the aging experience.  

The program is offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha through a partnership with the Division of Continuing Studies and the Department of Gerontology, which 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, care giving, resiliency and public policy.

Job 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. Census Bureau The shift demands qualified professionals who can offer ideas and solutions to address the opportunities of an aging population.    

Students with a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Gerontology may pursue an advanced degree or find careers in: 

  • Aging Services Administrators 
  • Area Agency on Aging 
  • Assisted Living Administrators 
  • Caregivers 
  • Estate Planners 
  • Financial Planners 
  • Geriatric Care/Case Managers

More about the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS): Nationally ranked as one of the top bachelors programs in the United States, the Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies Degree (BMS) is a flexible, individualized degree program. The adaptable nature of the program provides students with the opportunity to design a personalized degree tailored to meet individual career goals, satisfy personal aspirations or prepare for graduate studies. 

The BMS program obtained this national ranking from U.S. News and World Report as one of the best bachelors degree programs in the country. In determining these rankings, U.S. News assesses programs on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. Detailed results are available on the U.S. News website. 

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Christopher Kelley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Leo Missinne Professor of Gerontology

Chris Kelly’s research explores long-term regulation, indicators of quality of care in nursing homes and assisted living, long-term alternatives at the state and local level and issues affecting direct care workforce. His research also includes aging inmates, rural and minority caregiving and end-of-life decision-making. He teaches Applied Social Gerontology and Politics and Aging online.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Have earned a high school diploma or GED

  2. Taken the SAT or ACT

  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 and submit 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 Semester
June 1

Students must complete at least 30 credit hours in their area of concentration. In addition, students must also complete two secondary fields, each consisting of 12 credit hours from the same subject.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
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. Prerequisites: GERO 2000. 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 again. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change are examined, along with their implications for behavior. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing

GERO 4940Practicum3

Course Number: GERO 4940

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
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 4350Issues in Aging: Management and Administration of Aging Programs3

Course Number: GERO 4350

This course is intended for students in gerontology and other fields who are interested in a humanistic approach to understanding significant issues which affect the lives of older people. Prerequisites: Junior or senior

GERO 4500Legal Aspects of Aging3

Course Number: GERO 4500

Consideration of the legal concerns which are likely to arise as people age. Includes introduction to the American legal system and emphasis on underlying legal concepts and issues of special importance to older persons.

GERO 4510Long-term Care Administration3

Course Number: GERO 4510

An investigation of the broad range of policy issues, theoretical concerns and practical management strategies influencing the design, organization and delivery of long-term care services.

GERO 4520Senior Housing3

Course Number: GERO 4520

This course is intended for students in gerontology and other fields who are interested in a humanistic approach to understanding significant issues which affect the lives of older people. Prerequisites: 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. Prerequisites: Six hours of health or permission of instructor.

GERO 4720Baby Bommers and the 21st Century3

Course Number: GERO 4720

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. Prerequisites: Junior, Senior and Graduate Level Standing

GERO 4750Mid-life, Career Change, Preretirement Planning3

Course Number: GERO 4750

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. Prerequisites: Junior, permission of instructor

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $285.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $337.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $855.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1011.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $520.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $572.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1560.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1716.75

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