Gerontology Certificate

Program Goals Statement

The Gerontology certificate program prepares students to understand and effectively respond to myriad issues, challenges, choices, and problems encountered in the aging process.

Program Information

Students, especially those pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, Education, Human Services, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences, are invited to consider a certificate in Gerontology as a special expertise in the degree program. A Certificate in Gerontology prepares learners in the areas of mental, physical, and social needs of the aging population. Students pursuing a degree in General Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Medical Assisting, or a Human Service field are invited to consider Gerontology as a special expertise in their degree program.

Students should take PSY 267 as a foundation for other Gerontology courses.

Students are encouraged to complete PSY 101, ENG 101 and PSY 267 before registering for other classes in the certificate.

After Bristol

Students are prepared to seek employment in various senior agencies, retirement communities, health care facilities, home- and adult-care programs, hospice organizations, concerned with physical, mental, and social aspects and implications of aging that respond to senior needs and interests.

Program Requirements

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Academic Area

Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Degree Offered

Certificate of Achievement in Gerontology

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Program Contact

Heidi Martins
Program Coordinator

Patricia Sherblom
Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education


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