This interdisciplinary certificate is designed for currently enrolled students and continuing education students to meet the growing demand for professionals who understand the opportunities, concerns, and needs associated with our aging population. The program will provide students with a foundation in the biopsychosocial aspects of aging, the difference between aging and disease, and the consequences of ageism. The Gerontology Certificate prepares students to understand the social and economic promise of an aging population to meet the diverse needs of older adults in our state in medical and health services, social and community services, and business.
The Gerontology Certificate can prepare students for work in nonprofit organizations, for-profit social service companies, government agencies, and offices in health care facilities, particularly those serving older adults.
All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Up to 12 credits from the Gerontology Certificate may be applied toward the minor in gerontology with permission of the program coordinator. Courses may be double counted as per university guidelines.
Applicants for the Gerontology Certificate Program can complete the admission process online on the CCSU Undergraduate Application section. Current CCSU students can add the certificate with permission from the Gerontology Program Coordinator using the Undergraduate Change of Major form.