This is an unofficial description for this program. For official information check the Academic Catalog.
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.
Applicants for the Gerontology Certificate Program must complete the online application using the CCSU application portal (not the common application) on the University Office of Admissions website.
• Submit an online application form that is on the Admissions Office webpage
• High school transcripts • College transcripts
• Non-refundable application fee
Admission to the Gerontology Certificate program is separate from bachelor’s degree programs. Students can apply to the Gerontology Certificate program using the above criteria. They can then use the reactivation form to apply to the University if they wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
Requirements (12 credits)
Required Course (3 credits)
Electives (9 credits; no more than 2 courses from a single designator)
Total Credit Hours: 12