Health Sciences

Gerontology Undergraduate Certificate

This certificate program provides an interdisciplinary background in aging and presents the opportunity to explore aspects of aging relevant to the student's interests and career goals.


The Gerontology Certificate program is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Students are presented with a theoretical and practical overview of the field of gerontology. The interdisciplinary nature of gerontology is emphasized.
  • Students will have supervised experience with older adults in the form of community service, projects, or practicum experiences. It is expected that students will respond to older adults as unique, independent individuals.
  • Students will be exposed to gerontological research and major public policy issues as well as how these impact aged adults.

Program of Study

  • GERO 5500 Survey of Gerontology
  • GERO 5510 Healthy Aging
  • GERO 5520 Gerontology Practicum
  • A minimum of 9 semester hours of courses at the 3000 to 5000 level:
  • PSYC 5750 Psychology of Aging
  • PUBH 5500 Nutrition
  • Approved Electives

Gerontology Certificate ApplicationStudents eligible for admittance into the Gerontology Certificate program include:

  • Regularly admitted undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or better
  • Regularly admitted or non-degree graduate students

Students interested in the Gerontology Certificate program must complete:

  • All application forms required for admission to Armstrong State University:
    • Armstrong Undergraduate application
    • Armstrong Graduate application
  • Gerontology Certificate applicationimage (sent to the Department of Health Sciences)
  • Letter of Intent
  • Interview with the Gerontology Certificate Program Coordinator

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course for the certificate to be awarded at the undergraduate level. A minimum overall GPA of "B" or better must be earned for the certificate to be awarded at the graduate level.

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