Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology


Program Details

City University of Seattle provides a short Undergraduate Certificate program in Gerontology for those who want to work with the aging population. Our gerontology certificate program provides insight into the biological, social and psychological aspects of aging while preparing you to work with elderly adults in a variety of settings.

You may earn your gerontology certification as an emphasis area within your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology or Human Services degree or complete it as a stand-alone program. The courses in this program will equip you with the skills to effectively manage the following issues:

  • communicating effectively with elderly people
  • assessing cognitive and vocational aptitudes
  • the role of gender, race and culture in aging
  • disability, death, bereavement and widowhood

Flexible, Online Learning Options

CityU of Seattle's gerontology certificate program is available completely online for your convenience. Though you won't travel to a classroom to learn, you'll still enjoy small class sizes and learn the most pertinent industry information from a communicative faculty of practicing gerontology experts. Contact a Division of Arts and Sciences advisor to learn more about applying to our online gerontology certificate program.

Where CityU Can Take You

Hospitals, assisted living facilities, senior centers, social service agencies, non-profit organizations and counseling programs all utilize the skills of individuals trained in gerontology. With your CityU certification, you'll have the training you need to step into a number of entry-level administrative positions or train to become a geriatric healthcare provider.

Get Started Today!

As the aging population in the United States grows, demand for qualified workers will continue to increase. Get a good start in the field of gerontology with an Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology from CityU. Learn more by contacting an advisor today.

Employment Outlook

"Jobs as social and human services assistants are expected to grow much faster than average, and employment opportunities are excellent for applicants with appropriate postsecondary education. It is also noted that generally a bachelor's degree is not required for entry, but employers increasingly demand work and/or education beyond high school."
–US Department of Labor, August 2006

"Between 2000 and 2030, the percentage of the population in Washington state of adults over age 65 is expected to grow by 136%, making it the fastest-growing population segment in the state."
–US Census Bureau, April 2005


"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been."
–Madeleine L'Engle

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
–Abraham Lincoln

As of July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." City University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate certificates that lead to gainful employment. Information for each certificate program for the latest reporting year is available here.
Content Area (25)
PSY 323
PSY 421
PSY 423
PSY 497
SOC 318