Gerontology

Students at the Global, Pullman, and Vancouver campuses may pursue a certificate in gerontology while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development, another Bachelor’s degree, or independent of completion of a bachelor’s degree.┬áThe certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and professional skills to seek employment in a variety of settings that focus on older individuals including: adult day care centers, nursing homes, home care services, community organizations that deliver services to older adults, and many others.
Requirements:

  • Work closely with an advisor in the Department of Human Development to take the designated courses to complete a certificate in Gerontology, including an internship.
  • Complete the courses required for the certificate in gerontology including an internship.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 for the courses required for the certificate in gerontology.
  • Complete a minor in the program in aging. Students complete course requirements to minor in the program in aging. In addition, the internship required for the human development degree also serves as the final requirement for the student to earn a Gerontology Certificate.
  • When requirements are completed for both the HD degree and the Program in Aging/Gerontology Certificate, the student is awarded with a Gerontology Certificate. This shows that the student has completed a course of study that focuses on individuals in later life. (Note: This does not mean the student is state certified.)
Courses Required for the Gerontology Certificate (12 credit hours)
BIOL 140 Introduction to Nutritional Science 3 Credits
HD 308/HD 405 Adult Development/Gerontology 3 Credits
PSYCH 363/PSYCH 490 Psych. of Aging/Cognition & Memory 3 Credits
SOC 351/SOC 356 The Family/Sociology of Aging & the Life Course 3 Credits
Elective Courses that Support the Gerontology Certificate (6 credit hours)
HD 308/HD 405 Adult Development/Gerontology 3 Credits
HD 360 Death & Dying 3 Credits
HBM 375 Senior Living Management 3 Credits
KINES 264 Fitness Concepts 3 Credits
KINES 361 Health & Wellness 3 Credits
MGMT 101 Introduction to Business 3 Credits
MGMT 301 Principles of Management & Organization 3 Credits
PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics 3 Credits
PHIL 365 Biomedical Ethics 3 Credits
PSYCH 320 Health Psychology 3 Credits
PSYCH 363/PSYCH 490 Psychology of Aging/Cognition & Memory 3 Credits
SOC 250 Perspectives on Disability 3 Credits
SOC 351/SOC 356 The Family/Sociology of Aging & the Life Course 3 Credits
Internship (4 credit hours minimum)
HD 497 Professional Preparation Seminar 3 Credits
HD 498 Field Placement 4-8 Credits

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