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Gerontology, Undergraduate Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate

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 Gerontology, undergraduate certificate is designed to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of aging and prepare them to address the opportunities of working with an aging population. 

This certificate is not a degree, but represents a specialization intended as a companion for students who have a major in another discipline in addition to Gerontology. 

Students gain experience in: 

  • Program planning 
  • Evaluation 
  • Effective service delivery 

The 18 credit hour certificate program offers the opportunity for students to customize their learning experience with courses including Psychology of Adult Development and Aging, Mental Health and Aging, and Mid-life, Career-Change, and Pre-Retirement to name a few. Students also gain real-world experience through practicum opportunities.

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 anytime 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, 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 caregiving, end-of-life planning, 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.

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

  • Aging Services Administrators 
  • Architects 
  • Assisted Living Administrators 
  • Caregivers 
  • Educators 
  • Elder Law Attorneys 
  • Estate Planners 
  • Financial Planners 
  • Geriatric Care/Case Managers 
  • Interior Designers 
  • Trainers 

Lyn Holley, Ph.D.

Lyn Meridew Holley, member of the UNO Thompson Learning Community, Graduate Faculty, Native American Studies Faculty and Honors Faculty, has received awards for teaching excellence that include the 2009 UNO Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, the 2010 UNO Faculty Service Learning Award and nomination for the 2014 OTICA. Her research interests include public programs and services for the aging, intergenerational relationships, lifespan resilience and long-term staffing policies and programs.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. 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

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

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

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
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 4476Mental Health and Aging3

Course Number: GERO 4476

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 4670Programs and Services for the Elderly3

Course Number: GERO 4670

This course is provided to give the student an historical overview of programs for the elderly; examines 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. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing

GERO 4756Mid-life, Career-Change and Pre Retirement3

Course Number: GERO 4756

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 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.

GERO 8730Death, Dying and Grieving3

Course Number: GERO 8730

An interdisciplinary survey of literature in the field of thanatology, with an emphasis on working with the older patient and his or her family.


Course Number: GERO4940

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.

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: $440.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $492.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1320.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1476.75

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