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Curry College students work with seniors at a nearby community representing the Gerontology CertificateGerontology is a growing field; as people are living longer, there will be even greater demand for gerontology professions.  As the demographic trend towards an increasing proportion of older adults evolves, so does the need for innovative, supportive resources to address this population shift.  The Gerontology Certificate is open to all students with an interest in learning about current concepts and trends, as well as research and advocacy related to gerontology.

The Gerontology Certificate is designed to promote increased understanding, insight and basis for working with older adults in a variety of settings such as living communities and social support services.  

The Gerontology Certificate program is offered at the Milton Campus only and will be delivered in a hybrid format.

The Curry College Gerontology Certificate program is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Individuals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the process of aging and the issues unique to this population
  • Professionals in the fields of nursing, social work, psychology, sociology, and other health-related careers
  • Individuals working in services for the aging
  • Career-changers motivated to seek careers in social service fields

This program is open to anyone seeking a stand-alone certificate program, regardless of whether you already hold a bachelor's degree or not. For those who wish to return to school to complete a bachelor's degree on a part-time basis, consider completing this certificate to augment your professional skills while you work on your degree requirements. The credits received in this certificate may be applied toward a degree.  The curriculum for this certificate is based on guidelines established by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education.

What You Will Learn

  • Reflective examination of attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs about aging
  • Focus will be given to health promotion and wellness, cognitive changes, and palliative care
  • Examination of the aging process through the physical, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual domains
  • Effective communication strategies and skills for people living with serious illness
  • The optional internship will provide students with the opportunity to integrate theoretical concepts in experiential settings

Program Requirements

Required Courses:


PSY/SOC 2060

Aging and the Life Cycle


PSY 2064

Older Adult Wellness: Evidence-based Practice and Research



Cognitive Changes in Older Adults



Palliative Care for Older Adults


PSY 3450 (optional)

Psychology Internship in Aging (optional)

3 (optional)

Total credits required to complete the certificate program: 12

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Take the first steps toward earning a bachelor's degree with a certificate from Curry College: Review FAQ's, meet with an advisor, and submit your certificate declaration form before easing back into the classroom.