Gerontology Certificate

Both the undergraduate and graduate certificate programs are designed for persons who want to work in the field of aging, those already active in the field or those who simply want to personally benefit from knowing more about the aging process and the implications of living in an aging society.

The curriculum provides an overall view of the aging process and older adults. It examines specific changes common to older individuals as well as the broader psychological and social issues they face. Students interested in specific careers in Gerontology should consult with the program director and/or faculty advisor to develop a program of study to meet their individual goals.


Learn more about the Gerontology Program here!

Admission to the University of Utah Gerontology Interdisciplinary Certificate program is limited and selective. Admission cannot be guaranteed to all individuals who meet the minimum admission criteria. Applicants who are recommended for admission to the certificate program, but who are not current, matriculated University of Utah students, will also need to apply to the University of Utah Admissions Office for non-matriculated or second bachelor’s degree status and pay the application fee.

Applicants who are applying to the graduate certificate program, and who are not current University of Utah students, must provide official copies of transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Applicants must fill out the online Gerontology Interdisciplinary Certificate application form. They must also be prepared to respond to the following statements. Written responses are heavily weighted for application and should be 1–2 pages in length each totaling 3–6 pages in full:

  • Discuss your educational and vocational plans and include reasons for your interest in Gerontology.
  • Discuss briefly any current or past experiences, activities, academic programs or organizations with which you have been or are presently working with older adults.
  • Discuss briefly any current or past experiences working in rural settings and/or working with ethnic minorities.

Application Deadlines

These are University Application Deadlines for Non-Matriculated Students

Fall semester: March 1 (July 15 with $30 late fee)

Spring semester: October 1
Summer semester: February 15

If needed, applications can be saved and completed at a later time.  If you need to save your application, click the “Save Answers and Resume Later” link at the bottom of any page.

A total of 15 credit hours are required to complete the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Certificate Program. Coursework can be completed in as little as 2 semesters. All certificate requirements must be completed within 3 years.

Core Courses Undergraduate Certificate (9 credits):
GERON 5001 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
GERON 5990 Gerontology Practicum (3)
     Plus 1 of the following courses:
GERON 5002 Service Agencies & Programs for Older Adults
 (3)
GERON 5370 Health & Optimal Aging (3)

Core Courses Graduate Certificate (9 credits):
GERON 6001 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
GERON 6370 Health & Optimal Aging (3)
     Plus 1 of the following courses:
GERON 6002 Service Agencies & Programs for Older Adults
 (3)
GERON 6990 Gerontology Practicum (3)

Elective Courses:
At least 2 of the following electives (6 credits):
*Undergraduate certificate students take the lower level course section (i.e, 3000 or 5000 level) and graduate certificate students take the higher level course section (i.e., 5000 or 6000).

GERON 3005/5005: Race, Ethnicity, and Aging (3)
GERON 3220/5220: Caregiving and Aging Families (3)
GERON 5002/6002: Services Agencies & Programs for Older Adults (3)
GERON 5050/6050: Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing (3)
GERON 5100/6100: Application of Research in Aging (3)
GERON 5235/6235: Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging (3)
GERON 5240/6240: Aging and the Arts (3)
GERON 5280/6280: International Dimensions of Lifelong Learning (3)
GERON 5320/6320: Death, Dying & Bereavement (3)
GERON 5370: Health & Optimal Aging 
(3)
GERON 5500/6500: Social and Public Policy in Aging (3)
GERON 5960/6960: Special Topics: Leadership and Communication Skills Training (1-3)
GERON 6990: Gerontology Practicum (1-3)
GERON 6564: Interdisciplinary Approaches to End-of-Life/Palliative Care (2)

For additional questions about any of our undergraduate or graduate programs, including application and admission requirements, please contact the following:

Arminka Zeljkovic, MS
Graduate Advisor, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program 

Phone: (801) 581-8198
Email: a.zeljkovic@nurs.utah.edu

For consultation on the program of study or your career choices, contact:

Kara Dassel, PhD
Director, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program 
Phone: (801) 587-7697
Email: kara.dassel@nurs.utah.edu