Certificate in Gerontology

Study Formats Online, On Campus, Blended

This certificate program is available 100% online and through on-campus study.

Program Length 15 credit hours


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Concordia University Chicago's gerontology certificate program addresses the need of health care professionals as well as professionals in other fields to be prepared to serve the unique needs of an aging population.

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  • Program Length: 15 credit hours (five courses)
  • Total Cost of Certificate Program: Tuition and Fees: $7260
  • Room and Board (on campus): Not available
  • CIP Program Description: 30.1101 Gerontology, 001666-301101-04
  • SOC Code: 29-1129 Therapist, All other
  • Normal Time to Complete: Most students take four terms to complete the program: three semesters enrolled in one class (half time) and one semester enrolled in two classes (full time).


Perspectives in Gerontology

Introductory course for the master of arts in gerontology program that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology. Involves several academic disciplines or professional specializations in an approach to gerontology. Substantive, conceptual, and methodological issues central to the study of aging and the life course are explored.

Practicum in Gerontology

The practicum experience encompasses a supervised practice in a community agency that serves older adults and their families. In addition to the coursework, students are required to complete 240 hours of service during this 16-week course.

Public Policies and Aging

The course provides an overview and analysis of the policy making process and policy initiatives as these effect older adults in society.


Program Management in Aging

Designed to expand students' knowledge of and skills in effective program management of aging services and organizations serving older adults. Students review the aging network while considering the unique needs of older adults. This course also examines approaches for managing service programs effectively. Implications for program evaluation are considered.

Diversity in Aging

This course focuses on the differences and diversity of the aging population from a national perspective. Topics include race, ethnicity, gender, social class, spiritual, and economic issues.

Advanced Topics in Gerontology

Covers a variety of special topics in gerontology. This course is developed and offered based on interest from students and instructors. The topics broaden and compliment the gerontological content offered in the required courses taken in the MA in gerontology program. Examples of topics include: Families in Later Life; Death and Dying; Aging and Health; Resilience over the Life Course; Global Aging; Gender and Aging; Aging in Literature and Film; Sexuality and Aging; and Grant Writing.

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