The population in this country is aging rapidly. Demand for services will expand as the population ages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, geriatrics and gerontological fields are expected to grow by more than 35 percent through 2006, ranking among the most rapidly growing employment areas. UC has anticipated this need and is offering a total of 7 gerontology courses on-line on a rotating basis.
After completing 15 credit hours (the equivalent of our minor in gerontology) students will receive a Utica College certificate of completion stating that they have successfully completed 15 (undergraduate) credit-hours in gerontology. Although all credit courses are eligible for transfer to other colleges, students are advised to determine the distance-learning credit transfer policy at the college of their choice.
Note: Courses may be taken on an individual basis, without committing to completing 15 hours.
Certificate of Completion Requirements
Required courses include GNT 101 (Introduction to Aging), GNT 214 (Biology of Aging), and either PSY 327 (Adulthood and Aging) or GNT 377 (Social Gerontology).
Two electives may also be chosen from among GNT 300 (Special Topics in Gerontology), GNT 325 (Personalized Care Model), GNT 328 (Aging and Developmental Disabilities), GNT 377 (Social Gerontology), GNT 411 (Aging and Mental Health), NUR 376 (Gerontological Nursing), and PSY 327 (Adulthood and Aging).
- Increase career opportunities by increasing competency in a growing field.
- Increase awareness of issues related to aging, knowledge of the aging process, and gain skills that facilitate working with the older adult.
- Receive a Utica College Certificate in Gerontology.
- Use of semester hours toward a Utica College degree or transfer hours to another institution.
- The on-line setup makes this course convenient allowing students to study as it suits their schedule.
Who Should Enroll?
This course is designed to increase your knowledge and help you achieve a level of competency in aging. It's best suited for:
- Health professionals (nurses, physicians, and pharmacists)
- Therapists (occupational, physical, and recreational)
- Social workers, counselors, and dietitians
- Direct health and social service staff
What are the costs?
For details, visit the Office of Graduate and Extended Studies tuition and fees page.
What do you receive after completion?
Upon completion, students will receive a Utica College certificate stating that they have successfully completed the 15 (undergraduate) credit-hour program in gerontology. Although all credit courses are eligible for transfer to other colleges, students are advised to determine the distance-learning credit transfer policy at the college of their choice.
Why should you enroll in the program?
To increase competency by:
Increasing knowledge of aging
Increasing awareness of issues related to aging
Expanding views of the aging process
Developing skills to better work with the older adult
* Also offered: A 30-credit hour traditional format Certificate in Gerontology that the Studies in Gerontology courses can also be applied toward.
General Course Information:
For general information on courses not associated with a specific degree or certificate, or for other questions:
Ms. Evelyn Fazekas, Director of Credit Programs