Gerontology (Interior Design)

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $583.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The Gerontology (Interior Design), Graduate Certificate provides students with an understanding of the relationship between design of the built environment and its aging occupants. The program is offered in cooperation by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), Department of Gerontology and University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL) College of Architecture Interior Design program.

Students of the Gerontology (Interior Design), Graduate Certificate online program will gain:

  • 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
  • Marketability as students are trained in the gerontology and interior design disciplines
  • Development of the Courage to Care

The program 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 UNO Department of Gerontology conducts relevant research in conjunction with local and federal agencies that serve the public and its changing needs. Research areas include caregiving, cognitive health and functioning, and public policy and planning.

This certificate allows professionals the ability to acquire focused training in the area of gerontology and design in preparation for the growing needs of an aging population.  

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. Administration on Aging. The shift demands qualified professionals who can address the impact individuals with training in this age group will have.

The Gerontology (Interior Design), Graduate Certificate allows professionals the ability to acquire focused training in the area of gerontology and pursue careers such as: 

  • Senior Housing Professionals
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Interior Designers
  • Realtors
  • Government Services Administrators
  • Hospital and Nursing Administrators
  • Health Care Workers
  • Code Officials

Amy Hanson, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Amy Hanson is a speaker, writer and consultant with a passion to help adults discover a life of Christ-centered meaning and purpose. She speaks throughout the United States about the unique needs and opportunities of an aging America. Amy teaches Introduction to Gerontology.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 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 and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit separate application to academic department
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Application Deadlines

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GERO 8526Senior Housing3

Course Number: GERO 8526

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 9110Applied Social Gerontology3

Course Number: GERO 9110

An overview of social gerontology with an emphasis on the social, psychological and physical elements in later life.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ARCH 597/897Evidence Based Design3

Course Number: ARCH 597/897

Group investigation of a topic in architecture originated by the instructor.

GERO 8516Long Term Care Administration3

Course Number: GERO 8516

An examination of policy, models, design and other issues association with the administration of community-based and institutional programs of long-term care.

GERO 8556Health Aspects of Aging3

Course Number: GERO 8556

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 8726Baby Boomers and the 21st Century3

Course Number: GERO 8726

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.

IDES 831Advanced Color Theory3

Course Number: IDES 831

Advanced color theories and their application to the Built environment.

IDES 858The Changing Workplace3

Course Number: IDES 858

Prereq: Permission Survey of theory, methods, research and findings from the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to architectural design, interior design, and regional and community planning. Application of principles to architectural and interiors programs, designs, and the planning process. Cross-listed as ARCH 558/858

IDES 886Evolving Issues in Design3

Course Number: IDES 886

Contemporary and controversial issues. Nuances of the field and practice of interior design and its relationship to the allied design disciplines.

IDES 891Theories of Health Design3

Course Number: IDES 891

Group investigation of a topic in interior design originated by instructor.

IDES 891Design of Senior Housing3

Course Number: IDES 891

Group investigation of a topic in interior design originated by instructor.

IDES 891Human Behavior and Wayfinding3

Course Number: IDES 891

Group investigation of a topic in interior design originated by instructor.

IDES 891Suburban Housing3

Course Number: IDES 891

Group investigation of a topic in interior design originated by instructor.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $583.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $635.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1749.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1905.75

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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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

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    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.

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