Students from health profession programs at Pacific University may apply to a dual program to earn the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals concurrently or following completion of their first degree.
Degree Options for Students in the OTD Program
The OTD program requires three specialty elective courses (totaling nine credits) for completion of the program. The courses taken in the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals will apply towards this requirement. The total certificate is 21 credits, and nine credits may be taken while earning the OTD degree. The remaining 12 credits may be taken prior to or after graduation from the OTD program, as all courses are provided online.
The advantage to earning this certificate is that it is a true interprofessional education program with professors from various healthcare professions and a student cohort working in a variety of healthcare settings. Students come from the fields of case management, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and social work.
Candidates must go through the formal admission process for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for Healthcare Professionals Program. If already in a Pacific University program, transcripts are not required.