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Certificate in Gerontology
Minor in Gerontology

Dorothy Seebaldt, L.M.S.W.
Leona Mickles-Burns, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

Gerontology Overview

Adult Educational & Learning Services • Adult Day Care Services• Adult Protective Services • Adult Recreational Services • Business & Financial Services • Dietetic Services • Health Care Services • Hospice Services • Marketing Services for Adults • Ministry Services to Adults • Nursing Home Services • Respite Care Services • Retirement Planning Services • Senior Center Services • Senior Housing Services

Marygrove College offers a multidisciplinary certificate program in gerontology. This certificate is intended for people who have completed at least two years of undergraduate course work. It is also designed for professional practitioners with baccalaureate or advanced degrees, who want to deepen their understanding of aging and are interested in developing skills to become leaders in the provision and development of services that empower older adults.

To receive a certificate in gerontology, you must complete a minimum of 16 credit hours at Marygrove College. This includes 14 credit hours of required courses and two credit hours of elective courses.

The three credit hour field experience in gerontology, (SW 299), may be waived if you are presently participating in a supervised work experience with older adults‚ or if the field practicum experience for your major is in a gerontology setting. In such cases, you would take another three credit elective course in the program.

The aging population is increasing rapidly and will continue to expand. Presently, every eighth American is an older adult. By the year 2020 every fourth American will be over 65 years of age. As the older adult population expands, so does the need for trained professionals who have an understanding of the needs of this population. If you are currently working or interested in gaining employment with one of the many programs for the older adult who receives Medicaid and/or Medicare reimbursement, you are/will be required to have at least a bachelor’s degree with some training in gerontology.

In addition to professional preparation, Marygrove’s gerontology program will provide you with increased understanding of your older relatives, and it will help you prepare for your own retirement and older adult years.

If your major is social work, psychology, sociology, business or education of the adult learner, you can enhance and combine your career preparation with a certificate in gerontology.

Certificate in Gerontology

The total credit hour requirement for the certificate is 16 hours, including:

A. Required Courses
SW 200 A Special Topics: Substance Abuse 2 hours
SW 237/537 Physical Aspects of Aging 2 hours
BIO 141 Nutrition Through the Life Cycle 3 hours
SW 378/578 Policies and Services for Older Persons 2 hours
SW 410/610 Working with Older Adults 2 hours
PSY 346/546 Aging Individual in Society 3 hours
*SW 299 Pre-professional Practicum 3 hours
*To be arranged with approval of the director of the gerontology program.

B. Elective Courses
Select a minimum of two credit hours from the following courses:

EDU 390/590 The Adult Learner 3 hours
PSY 348 Death and Dying 3 hours
RS 384 Faith and Human Development 3 hours
SOC 306 Ethnic and Racial Diversity 3 hours
SOC 345 Sociology of the Family 3 hours
SW 325 Professional Communication 4 hours
SW 200C Working with Mental Illness 2 hours
SW 200G Working with LGBT Individuals 2 hours


Minor in Gerontology

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree may elect a minor in gerontology. The minor consists of 24 credit hours including the six courses listed as “required” for the certificate program. The remainder of courses will be chosen from the “electives” listed here.