Graduate Gerontology Certificate
Requirements For The Graduate Certificate In Gerontology
The Graduate Certificate Program at USA requires a minimum of six courses (18 hours) with grades of "A" or "B", including Aging in American Society (SY 523) and an approved internship. It is strongly recommended that students take other courses to enhance their research/practice in aging and the life course, such as a course in public policy; a research methods course appropriate to the student's primary discipline and/or gerontology; and a course in professional ethics. All courses not specifically listed in this section must be approved by the Gerontology Program Director and the student's academic advisor prior to registration for the course.
The Gerontology internship (GRN 596) is required or an equivalent internship experience within the student's discipline. The internship must allow the student to apply skills to work with older individuals and their families. Research shows that positive, supportive attitudes toward aging are best developed through personal involvement with older people. The skill of applying knowledge to the issues in aging is developed in experiential learning situations. Therefore, an internship is required unless the student demonstrates substantial previous experience with the client population. In that event, a directed study or an additional academic course in aging may be substituted for the internship. A maximum of six credit hours of internship and six credit hours of directed study may be applied toward the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. The internship must be approved by the program director during the semester prior to placement. Students in professional programs may be able to use field placements in lieu of the Gerontology Internship. Additional course substitutions may be possible. The Gerontology Certificate is a valuable added credential for students in Nursing, Allied Health Professions, Health Education, and Public Health/Health Administration. Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisors and the Director or Assistant Director of the Gerontology Programs about adding the Gerontology Certificate to their programs of study.
All course waivers and substitutions must be approved by the Gerontology program director. The student must work closely with the director and with the advisor in the major area of specialization to develop the best program possible to meet career goals. Directed studies, special topics courses, and on-line courses may be used to fulfill program requirements.
|Graduate Certificate in Gerontology|
|Following are the courses approved for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology:|
|GRN 596 or equivalent|
Graduate level Special Topics courses and Directed Studies may be taken as electives when the course topic is appropriate for gerontology. Distance learning options may be offered for some courses. Check with the program director or assistant director for information about on-line courses and other distance learning opportunities.
Other electives may be taken from the student's degree discipline with approval by the student's graduate advisor, the Gerontology program director, and the Graduate School (Examples: courses in Advanced Geropsychiatric Nursing and courses in the College of Allied Health Professions where the focus is on aging and age-related health conditions). Students should meet with the Gerontology program director to discuss specific questions about elective courses.
Courses which are taken as part of a degree program may be considered for credit toward the certificate provided they are approved by the Director of the University Programs in Gerontology, the Director of Graduate Studies in the College offering the degree, and the Dean of the Graduate School. In order to receive the printed Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, you must submit a completed application form. Certificates are not issued automatically. Forms are available on the program website at: http://www.southalabama.edu/gerontology/.
For further information about the program contact Dr. Roma Stovall Hanks, Director,
USA Programs in Gerontology, 5991 USA Dr. N., HUMB 34, University of South Alabama,
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002; phone: (251) 460-6020; FAX (251) 460-7925
Application For The Certificate
The Degree Works audit tool lists the Gerontology Certificates (Graduate and Undergraduate) as programs. Students should alert their advisors to check that they are enrolled in the appropriate Gerontology Certificate program. Upon completion of requirements, an application must be submitted by the student.
The application is available at the Gerontology website: http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/syansw/gerontologyprogram/southalabama.edu/gerontology/. An exit interview may be required. Contact the program director at least 6 weeks prior to completion of requirements for the certificate. Certificate recipients are listed in the Commencement Program closest to the date the certificate completion documentation approved.
|Gerontology Staff||(251) 460-6020|
|Program Director and Academic Advisor||Dr. Roma Stovall Hanks|
|Assistant Director and Academic Advisor||Dr. Hosik Min|
The University of South Alabama offers Certificates in Gerontology at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology.
Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of:
- The human life cycle
- Issues related to aging
- Intergenerational Relationships
The Gerontology program is designed to establish an expertise that will enhance and compliment the analytical skills that the student acquires as part of the major area of study. This expertise may be used as preparation to specialize within the career area related to the student's major area of study or to pursue further academic training in graduate or medical school. Special topics courses and on-line instruction are available.
Depending on their specific needs and interests, students may be able to complete requirements for the Undergraduate or Graduate Certificate in Gerontology through distance learning options. Students who are interested in pursuing a Gerontology Certificate on-line should speak with their academic advisor and the Gerontology program director. Students in professional programs may be able to use field placements in lieu of the Gerontology Internship.
The Degree Works audit tool lists the Gerontology Certificates as programs. Students should alert their advisors to check that they are enrolled in a Gerontology Certificate program (Graduate or Undergraduate). In order to receive the printed Gerontology Certificate, the student must submit a completed Data Sheet and Application available at the program website: https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/syansw/gerontologyprogram/. The certificate is not automatically issued without an application.