Ithaca College

Division of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Certificate in Gerontology

Ithaca College offers a 24-credit undergraduate, nondegree certificate in gerontology that follows the guidelines of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and is registered with the New York State Education Department. Overseen by both the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and the Division of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, the gerontology certificate is available to extramural students only. Students admitted into this program are eligible for a grant to offset part of the tuition costs of courses included in the certificate curriculum.

The gerontology certificate is designed to provide professionals in the health and social services, as well as other interested individuals, with specialized knowledge of gerontological issues that will help them better understand and serve older adults. Students completing this program will enhance their knowledge and skills in a number of areas, including

  • individual and social aspects of the aging process
  • causes and consequences of problems experienced by older persons
  • provision of services to older persons through a variety of professional disciplines
  • provision of services and programs that promote the health and independence of older persons
  • communication with older persons and among health care professionals
  • organizational management and administration in a variety of residential environments

The gerontology certificate curriculum includes 24 credits taken from five sections. Most of these courses have minimal prerequisites. The full curriculum is shown below.

Core -- required courses (6 credits)

GERO 10100

 Introduction to Aging Studies (3)

GERO 29010

 Fieldwork in Gerontology (3)

Disciplinary perspectives (select 6 credits)

BIOL 20500

 Biology of Aging (3)

PSYC 36600

 Psychology of Aging (3)

ANTH 34000

 Aging and Culture (3)

SOCI 22000

 Sociology of Aging (3) or

GERO 22000

 Sociology of Aging (3)

Health aspects electives (select 3-6 credits)

SLPA 24900

 Hearing Loss in the Elderly (3)

SLPA 35900

 Communication Disorders in the Aging Population (3)

PTBS 20200

 Rehabilitation for Older Adults (1)

HLTH 24000

 Health Promotion and the Older Adult (3)

HLTH 32200

 Nutrition for the Older Adult (3)

Social aspects electives (select 3-6 credits)

MUMC 41100

 Creative Musical Experience with Older Adults (3)

RLS 23800

 Leisure and Aging (3)

GERO 32100

 Interdisciplinary Initiatives in Rural Geriatrics (3)

GERO 32500

 The Long-Term Care System (3) (counts only for one group)

GERO 33000

 Research Methods in Gerontology (3)

GERO 38900

 Selected Topics in Applied Gerontology (3)

GERO 39900

 Selected Topics in Social Gerontology (3)

Administration and policy issues (select 3 credits)

GERO 31900

 Aging and Social Policy (3)

GERO 32500

 The Long-Term Care System (3) (counts only for one group)

GERO 41400

 Long-Term Care Services Administration (3)

HPS 49500

 Special Topics in Health Administration (1-3)

For further information regarding the program's admission requirements and curriculum, contact the Gerontology Institute, 607-274-1965, e-mail