Gerontology Certificate Program
This 24-hour certificate program provides an overview of the aging population in America. It is designed to benefit healthcare practitioners or individuals who work in programs and services for the aging, including nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, counselors and clergy. This program can also be beneficial to personal caregivers and for people who are interested in exploring the geriatric field. The certificate is awarded upon completion of four required and two elective courses. You may register for an individual course, even if you do not wish to complete the entire program.
$90 per course
GERONTOLOGY COURSE 1: THE AGING PHENOMENON WHPAH 3024 WB1
This course provides a broad overview of gerontology with an emphasis on aging including the physiological, social, biological, cultural & psychological aspects involved. This course will discuss aging facts & statistics, optimal aging, “normal” aging & aging challenges. It will address some of the myths and truths of aging, theories of aging, & societal attitudes towards old age as well as fighting the stereotypes of aging.
GERONTOLOGY COURSE 2: AGING OPTIONS WHPAH 3025 WB1
This course will explore aspects of aging as related to levels of care for elders such as nursing homes, assisted living and personal care facilities as well as programs that assist elders to age in place such as waiver programs. This course will also discuss elder maltreatment and reporting of elder abuse and neglect.
GERONTOLOGY COURSE 3: ROLE CHANGES IN AGING WHPAH 3026 WB1
This course will discuss role changes in those who are aging as well as children of caregivers, “sandwiched generations”, grandparents as caregivers, grandchildren as caregivers, and implications of these changes.
GERONTOLOGY COURSE 4: DIVERSITY IN AGING WHPAH 3027 WB1
This course will discuss diversity in aging related to gender, racial, spiritual & socioeconomic disparities. It will discuss intimacy in older age in both heterosexual & same sex relationships.
Death is an inevitable part of life. In this course we will discuss end of life care including care of the dying, the right to die, rituals, widowhood, & bereavement as a part of a social process
This course will discuss how our personalities and minds cope with aging. We will distinguish the difference between normal aging and problems or diseases, and personality changes associated with aging. It will review how psychiatric conditions affect older adults and will discuss dementia, delirium, suicidality, drug & alcohol use in older adults. We will talk about why some individuals are on a path to successful aging & how others are at risk for a rapid decline. We will also discuss wisdom, creativity, decisions making & the theories behind these.