Elder Care: New Online Gerontology Certificate Program Helps Healthcare Providers Serve Aging Population

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In December 2011, Pacific University conferred its first set of graduate certificates in gerontology on a class of seven students.

The new program, which launched in September 2010, offers a 15-month, all-online certificate program for working healthcare professionals or graduate students interested in issues of aging.

“Our goal in designing the certificate was to improve the quality of care provided to older adults,” said Linda Hunt, the Pacific professor of occupational therapy who founded the program.

“It amazes me: Older adults are a huge population, and all the healthcare programs have a little content on older adults,” she said. “There is a need for all health professions to be focused on education on aging.”