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Gerontology: Aging Studies (Certificates)

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The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program offers multiple options for students from any academic major or graduate program to engage in the study of aging within the University of Utah College of Nursing. A certificate in gerontology provides additional breadth and depth of knowledge in this academic area. Students from a diverse array of colleges and departments at the University of Utah, such as architecture, social work, finance, and theater, benefit from a stronger understanding of the aging process – the physical, mental and social changes in people as they age. Our Gerontology online courses are open to all university students.

The program’s asynchronous online learning format makes these program options ideal for working professionals, those living at a distance, or others who need the flexibility that online certification and degree programs offer.

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Institutional Member of the Association for Gerontology
in Higher Education since 2000.

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Communicate directly with the instructor.
  • Participate in guided online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; some courses offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program administers educational offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Undergraduate Level

Undergraduate certificate

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.

Applicants interested in the certificate program who are not current University of Utah students will need to apply to the University of Utah Admissions Office.

A total of 15 credit hours are required to complete the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program  Certificate. Coursework can be completed in as little as two semesters and must be completed within three years.

View undergraduate certificate course list.

$520/credit.*
*Effective Fall 2024. Subject to change without notice.

New students enrolling in UOnline beginning Fall 2024 may be able to apply university employee tuition reduction in some situations. For more information please email us at uonline@utah.edu.

Gerontologists work in community and government agencies, independent living and long-term care facilities, research, counseling centers, hospice and home health services, and a variety of university settings. Many work as entrepreneurs or consultants with companies geared to the needs of older people. They engage with individuals at home and meet with caregivers and family members.

Obtaining a Gerontology certificate will prepare you to work with adults of all ages in any career, including:
  • Entrepreneur
  • Audiologist
  • Occupational or Physical Therapist
  • Art or Music Therapist
  • Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Lawyer
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse
  • Registered Dietician
  • Speech-language Pathologist
  • Clinical Psychologist

Matriculated students have a year-round rolling admission.

Please contact Kristen Mahoney for application information.

These are university application deadlines for non-degree seeking students
  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Semester: May 1

Please contact admissions@nurs.utah.edu for application information.

At the University of Utah, our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching. Enjoy the benefit of studying online at your own pace while still engaging with classmates and instructors. This flexible way of teaching improves your overall experience and your ability to retain what you learn.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Peer reviews, where you review and comment on assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Communicate directly with the instructor.
  • Participate in guided online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; some courses offer Q&A sessions in a classroom.

The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program administers educational offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

 Graduate Level 

Graduate certificate

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.

Applicants who are not who are not current, matriculated University of Utah students, will also need to apply to the University of Utah Admissions Office for non-degree seeking or second bachelor's degree status and pay the application fee.

Applicants who are applying to the graduate certificate program, and who are not current University of Utah students, must provide official copies of transcripts showing completion of a bachelor's degree.

A total of 15 credit hours are required to complete the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Certificate Program. Coursework can be completed in as little as two semesters. All certificate requirements must be completed within three years. All Gerontology courses and electives that are counted toward the certificate must be completed with a letter grade of C or better (C- is not acceptable)and an overall cumulativeGPA of 3.0 or better for all courses counted toward the certificate.

View graduate certificate course list.

$735/credit hour.*

*Subject to change without notice. 

This program qualifies for the U of U employee reduced tuition benefit.

Gerontologists work in community and government agencies, independent living and long-term care facilities, research, counseling centers, hospice and home health services, and a variety of university settings. Many work as entrepreneurs or consultants with companies geared to the needs of older people. They engage with individuals at home and meet with caregivers and family members.

Obtaining a Gerontology certificate will prepare you to work with adults of all ages in any career, including:
  • Entrepreneur
  • Audiologist
  • Occupational or Physical Therapist
  • Art or Music Therapist
  • Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Lawyer
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse
  • Registered Dietician
  • Speech-language Pathologist
  • Clinical Psychologist

Step 1: Apply for Non-Degree Seeking Admission

Applicants who are not current, matriculated University of Utah students will need to submit a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) application for admission. (Note: the non-matriculated application is the same as the undergraduate application. Once the application is started, applicants can elect to apply for non-matriculated status).

Eligibility

To be eligible for non-matriculated admission, applicants must:

  • Have graduated from high school at least 3 years ago.
    • For GED-holders, a minimum 550 composite score with no individual score below 500 is required.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • International students requiring an F-1 visa are not eligible for non-matriculated admission.
    • Note that permanent residents and other international applicants must meet English-proficiency requirements.
  • Be in good standing with the last college or university attended and have a minimum 2.6 GPA. (Please note that while the university requires a 2.6 GPA, the certificate requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.)
  • Find more information about non-matriculated admission.

Graduate non-degree seeking students do not need to re-apply every term as long as they are continuously enrolled and attending at least one class every semester, not including summer. If they do not enroll and attend a term, excluding summer, students are discontinued and will need to submit another application and fee.

Step 2: Apply for the Graduate Certificate

Once you’re admitted as a non-matriculated student, please fill out the program declaration form 

Non-matriculated students are required to apply for non-matriculation admission prior to applying to the certificate program. For students not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, admission into the Gerontology Graduate Certificate is contingent upon admission to the University as a non-matriculated student.

Students will not be able to register for online classes until they have been admitted and filled out the program declaration form.

Matriculated students have a year-round rolling admission.

Please contact Kristen Mahoney for application information.

These are university application deadlines for non-degree seeking students
  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Semester: May 1

Please contact admissions@nurs.utah.edu for application information.

 
Last Updated: 7/1/24