Gerontology Graduate Certificate Program
Become a Gerontologist
Pacific University’s online graduate certificate program in gerontology for the healthcare professional is a post-baccalaureate program designed for many different employment opportunities including leadership, entrepreneurship, aging specialist, and health educator. Learn more about opportunities in Why Study Aging.
Our program develops ethical, visionary leaders who want to advance their knowledge and skills to improve societal health and well-being in the aging population.
Why Study Gerontology at Pacific University
The graduate certificate program in gerontology for the healthcare professional has a unique mission to foster and facilitate transdisciplinary education that enhances the quality of life of older adults. The certificate program emphasizes the science of aging and the experience of aging. The program focuses on:
- health and aging
- elder rights and health disparity in aging
- creating change in the healthcare environment by developing, leading and managing innovative programs to better serve older adults.
At Pacific, we focus on authentic learning, or developing real-life knowledge and skills. The program encourages students to create tangible and useful products to be shared with their world. In the gerontology program, students develop and implement ideas in their own workplaces. Pacific professors provide motivational challenges. They nurture and provide the necessary criteria, planning, timelines, resources and support to accommodate student success.Here, the professor guides and facilitates. Assignments become processes for creating change and better outcomes in services to older adults. The capstone project is a real-life task that provides the learner with opportunities to connect with the real world.
Instead of vicariously discussing topics and regurgitating information in a traditional way on an exam, Pacific’s gerontology program provides learners with support to achieve a tangible, useful product worth sharing with their community and their world.
- 21 credits (7 courses completed in 15 months)
- Online format designed to meet the needs of a working professional
- Interdisciplinary faculty and students
- Evidence-based approach
- Courses designed to empower students to create change in their work environment
- Flexible program start date
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