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Gerontology, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Students pursuing the gerontology post-baccalaureate certificate at 91女神 will learn to work as part of an interdisciplinary or care coordination team. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, these teams have been identified as important to improving health outcomes, preventing hospitalizations and reducing the cost of care for older adults.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Employ knowledge of older persons鈥 strengths and adaptations to maximize well-being, health and mental health.
  • Engage through effective communication with older persons, their families and the community in personal and public issues in aging.
  • Identify comprehensive and meaningful concepts, definitions and measures for the well-being of older adults and their families.
  • Relate psychological theories and science to understanding adaptation, stability and change in aging.
  • Use gerontological frameworks to examine human development and aging.

Curriculum Overview

91女神's gerontology certificate curriculum is guided by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education鈥檚 (AGHE) Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education.

Students will be required to complete a course within each of the three competency areas, with a fourth course chosen from any of the three areas:

  • Foundational (AGHE) Competencies: Frameworks for understanding human aging; biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging; humanities and aging; research and critical thinking
  • Interactional Competencies: Attitudes and perspectives, ethics and professional standards, communication with and on behalf of older persons, interdisciplinary and community collaboration
  • Contextual Competencies: Well-being, health and mental health; social health; and policy

Careers

Older adults will comprise 27% of the U.S. population by 2050, according to projections by the U.S. Census Bureau. As the population of older adults increases, so do their projected rates of poverty, the potential for being childless or single, and having chronic illnesses.

Employment of gerontology-related health care workers is projected to grow faster than the average across all occupations. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics1听丑颈驳丑濒颈驳丑迟蝉:

  • Dietitians and nutritionists will be in demand at nursing homes and to help baby boomers find more ways to stay healthy.
  • Health care social workers will help aging populations and their families adjust to new treatments, medications and lifestyles.
  • Nurse practitioners will be at the forefront of caring for older adults, who typically have more medical problems than younger people.
  • Occupational therapists will help senior citizens maintain their independence and will be needed in health care settings to assist patients with chronic conditions.
  • Physical therapists will care for adults who seek to remain more active later in life.
  • Psychologists will help people deal with the mental and physical changes that develop as they age.
  • Speech-language pathologists can help with language impairments caused by heart attacks, strokes and mobility-related injuries.
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All examples provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics鈥 2021 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Application Criteria

  • Application form听
  • Transcript(s)

Requirements for International Students

TOEFL of 92 or higher or PTE Academic score

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students. International students must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • 顿别尘辞苍蝉迟谤补迟别听English Language Proficiency
  • Financial documents are required to complete an application for admission and be reviewed for admission and merit scholarships.听
  • Proof of financial support that must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the student's time at 91女神
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of the student's study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include:
    • Courses taken and/or lectures attended
    • Practical laboratory work
    • The maximum and minimum grades attainable
    • The grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations
    • Any honors or degrees received.

WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Application Deadline

Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed for admissions until August 1 for fall and December 1 for spring.听

Review Process

Admissions considers several factors to determine eligibility: academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program, application information, personal statement, work experience, any graduate degrees earned, motivation, leadership and service. The undergraduate GPA is weighted with other criteria in the admissions process.

Tuition

Tuition Cost Per Credit
School of Social Work Graduate Certificates $1,120

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Information on Tuition and Fees

Miscellaneous Fees

Information on Summer Tuition

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The College for Public Health and Social Justice offers several ways to help finance graduate education.听听Opportunities include a limited number of merit-based scholarships and graduate research assistantships. 听Awards are made to applicants with the highest combinations of GPAs and test scores who complete their applications by the priority deadlines.

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at听.

  1. Graduates will be able to utilize gerontological frameworks to examine human development and aging.
  2. Graduates will be able to relate psychological theories and science to understanding adaptation, stability and change in aging.
  3. Graduates will be able to identify comprehensive and meaningful concepts, definitions and measures for well-being of older adults and their families.
  4. Graduates will be able to engage, through effective communication with older persons, their families and the community, in personal and public issues in aging.
  5. Graduates will be able to employ knowledge of older persons鈥 strengths and adaptations to maximize well-being, health and mental health

Students must take courses from two or more departments for completion of the certificate.

Foundational (AGHE) Course 3
Select one of the following:
厂奥搁碍听5745
Health & Mental Health Interventions with Older Adults
狈鲍搁厂听5750
Care of Older Adults an Interdisciplinary Approach
Interactional Course3
Select one of the following:
狈鲍搁厂听5750
Care of Older Adults an Interdisciplinary Approach
尝础奥听8005
Bioethics and the Law
尝础奥听8040
Elder Law
厂奥搁碍听5714
Interprofessional Perspectives in Geriatric Care
厂奥搁碍听5786
Death, Dying, & Grief: Professional Practice & Self-Awareness
Contextual Course3
Select one of the following:
贬惭笔听5000
Health Care Organization
贬惭笔听5300
Management of Health Care Organizations
尝础奥听8005
Bioethics and the Law
尝础奥听8035
Disability Law
厂奥搁碍听5745
Health & Mental Health Interventions with Older Adults
厂奥搁碍听5786
Death, Dying, & Grief: Professional Practice & Self-Awareness
Elective Course3
Select one additional course from any category above.
Practicum3
Discipline specific field practicum focusing on working with older adults
厂奥搁碍听5832
Community & Organization Practicum I
辞谤听厂奥搁碍听5833
Community & Organization Practicum II
辞谤听厂奥搁碍听5841
Master of Social Work Foundation Practicum
辞谤听厂奥搁碍听5842
Clinical Practicum I
辞谤听厂奥搁碍听5843
Clinical Practicum II
Total Credits15

Non-Course Requirements

  • The Geriatric Education Center Summer Institute, a two-day opportunity to attend in-depth workshops, learn about the current practice of geriatric care in the community setting and attend plenary presentations about current research in assessment and intervention strategies.
  • Students will compile a portfolio consisting of one gerontology-focused assignment from each course taken towards completion of the certificate. These portfolios will be assessed by the acting advisor and the certificate coordinator (if the coordinator is also the advisor, a second reviewer will be chosen), using a standard rubric developed and reviewed by participating faculty across departments. This will be utilized to assess student learning outcomes within each competency area and whether the provided coursework achieved them.听

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment听unless otherwise noted. 听

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Foundational Course 1, 2 3
Interactional Course 1, 2 3
Credits6
Spring
Contextual Course 1, 2 3
Discipline-Specific Practicum 1, 2 3
Credits6
Summer
Participation in 91女神 GEC Summer Institute
Elective 1, 2 3
Credits3
Total Credits15
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Courses can be taken in any order

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See information in Program Notes.

Program Notes

Approved Foundational Courses

厂奥搁碍听5745Health & Mental Health Interventions with Older Adults3
狈鲍搁厂听5750Care of Older Adults an Interdisciplinary Approach2-3
HCE听4240Ethics and Geriatric Care3

Approved Interactional Courses

HCE听4240Ethics and Geriatric Care3
狈鲍搁厂听5750Care of Older Adults an Interdisciplinary Approach (Spring)2-3
尝础奥听8005Bioethics and the Law (Spring)2-3
厂奥搁碍听5786Death, Dying, & Grief: Professional Practice & Self-Awareness (Spring)3

Approved Contextual Courses

DIET听5220Gerontological Nutrition3
贬惭笔听5000Health Care Organization (Fall)3
贬惭笔听5300Management of Health Care Organizations (Fall)3
尝础奥听8005Bioethics and the Law (Spring)2-3
尝础奥听8035Disability Law (Fall)3
厂奥搁碍听5745Health & Mental Health Interventions with Older Adults (Fall)3
厂奥搁碍听5786Death, Dying, & Grief: Professional Practice & Self-Awareness (Spring)3

Approved Elective Courses

All courses listed above in Foundational, Interactional and Contextual courses can be approved elective courses. Also, per existing inter-university agreements with University of Missouri-Saint Louis and Washington University, students may seek to take a gerontology-related class that will transfer in. Visit the UMSL and Washington University websites for current offerings.

Discipline-Specific Practicum Course

Students will work with the gerontology coordinator and a discipline-specific advisor to identify the appropriate discipline-specific practicum course (3 credits). This includes a research practicum as appropriate. For students actively working with gerontology populations in the community, this practicum may be waived per experiences, based upon approval of the gerontology certificate coordinator and certificate committee.

For admission questions, contact:

School of Social Work Graduate Admissions Office
socialwork@slu.edu
314-977-2752