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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
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.