Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program
Nursing Building 2200
Director: Kara Dassel, PhD
Center on Aging Director: Mark Supiano, MD
Advisor: Arminka Zeljkovic
Minimum Certificate Hours: 15 credits (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Gerontology is a university-wide interdisciplinary program administered through the College of Nursing and affiliated with the Center on Aging, and is an Institutional Member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).
As a basic and applied science, gerontology examines specific changes in older individuals as well as the broader social issues confronting them. The theme of “promoting optimal aging and inter-generational relationships throughout the life course” influences the teaching, research, and service activities of the faculty. The interdisciplinary university-wide program (since 1972) offers three degrees: 1) the Master of Science, approved by the Board of Regents in 1993, 2) an Undergraduate Minor, 3) Certificate in Gerontology (undergraduate and graduate) for matriculated or non-matriculated students. All degree and certificate programs are offered in an online format. The Gerontology Program is the leader for distance education in the field of aging in the Intermountain West.
The Certificate Program in Gerontology is designed for persons who want to work in the field of aging, those already active in the field, and those who want to apply gerontology to their current field of study. The certificate is available in an online format. The certificate program is flexible in nature, offers direct experience through a supervised field practicum, and opportunities to learn the research process by working directly with faculty.
The Gerontology Certificate Program application deadlines are May 15 & Nov 15 for matriculated and non-matriculated undergraduate and graduate students, as well as individuals with a graduate degree and to all persons working in the aging field. To be eligible for the graduate certificate, students must have already earned a BA or BS degree from an accredited school.
The online application procedure is the same for both undergraduate and graduate certificates. All applicants must:
1. Submit a completed Gerontology Certificate Program Admissions form (available at http://nursing.utah.edu/gerontology)
2. Submit an official copy of all transcripts.
The Gerontology Admissions Committee reviews applications and admits participants for Fall & Spring semesters.
At least one core course should be completed prior to enrolling in the practicum. The practicum requires 150 clock hours (50 clock hours per credit hour) and can be a research or teaching experience or placement in a public or private community service setting. Students who have previous aging-related work experience (paid or unpaid) can petition the practicum coordinator to waive 1 credit hour (50 clock hours) of the required practicum, thereby reducing the undergraduate certificate required credit hours to 14.