Our Mission

The graduate certificate program in gerontology for the healthcare professional has a primary mission to foster and facilitate transdisciplinary education that enhances the quality of life of older adults. In support of this mission, the certificate program focuses primarily on health and aging; elder rights and health disparity in aging; and creating change in the healthcare environment by developing, leading and managing innovative programs to better serve older adults.

The certificate reflects the mission of the College of Health Professions and Pacific University because students are prepared to provide compassionate delivery of exemplary healthcare for a diverse aging population in a changing healthcare environment.

Program Goals

The program is designed to

  • Provide students with an exemplary online education
  • Educate current healthcare professionals to integrate gerontology scholarship into everyday practice
  • Promote transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Focus on the diverse needs of the aging population
  • Empower students to create change in their work environment

Program Objectives

At the completion of the program, students will:

  • Understand the myths, realities, and their own biases related to the physical, mental, and social aspects of aging
  • Utilize an evidence based approach to providing services/care to older adults
  • Integrate effective communication and educational strategies appropriate for the individual sensory impairments and health literacy levels of the older adults they serve
  • Act as an advocate for older adults and increase public awareness of needs and services
  • Be empowered to create change in their work environment