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Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program Admissions and Course of Study

The Graduate Gerontology Certificate represents an organized graduate program of study for students already enrolled in degree-specific graduate programs at UT. The gerontology program requires at least twenty-one credit hours, which can be taken in conjunction with many graduate degree programs.

Completion of the gerontology certificate enables students to:

  1. integrate aging-related knowledge and skills into their own disciplinary field;
  2. bring specific gerontological training to the provision of services for an older arget population;
  3. demonstrate to employers that they have received formal gerontological training.

Applying to the Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program

To apply:

  1. You must be a current graduate student at the University of Tennessee;
  2. You must complete the Gerontology Certificate Program Application (Click here for application)
  3. Mail or email your completed application to the Gerontology Certificate Chair:

Sherry Cummings, Ph.D.
Chair, Gerontology Certificate Program
The University of Tennessee College of Social Work                                  
193 Polk Ave., Suite E
Nashville, TN 37210
615-256-1885
scumming@utk.edu

Completing the Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program

During your final semester, download and complete the Completion of Certificate Form. Mail or e-mail this form to the Gerontology Certificate chair.

The Completion of Certificate Form must be completed, signed by the Gerontology Certificate program chair, and received by the Graduate School in order for the Gerontology Certificate Program to appear on a student’s UT transcript and for the student to receive the actual certificate from the Graduate School.

Gerontology Certificate Program of Study

The graduate certificate in gerontology consists of the following program of study:

Nine (9) credit required hours covering the focus areas of the interdisciplinary field of gerontology. All required courses are available online.

Biopscyhsocial

  • SW 572 - Evidence Based Practice with Older Adults (3 credit hours). This course is offered in the fall and spring. For the MSSW program - this is one of the three eelectives, offered by the college. All EBIP students in the MSSW program must take one elective. You should choose the Older Adults selective.

Social

  • SW 566 - Social & Cultural Aspects of Aging (3 credit hours). This course is currently offered in the summer. It will also be offered in the spring, beginning spring 2013. For the MSSW program this will count as one of your electives.

Behavioral

  • SW 555 - Psychological Development & Mental Health in Later Life (3 credit hours). This class is offered only in the spring. For the MSSW program this will count as one of your electives. It can be taken in your specialization year.

Six (6) or more hours of electives.

  • SW513 - Lifespan and Neurophysiologic Development (4 credit hours). This course can count as an elective for the Gerontology Certificate. If you choose to do the aging related assignment for this course, you will need to send the Gerontology Certificate Chair a copy of this assignment. Offered online and also face-to-face at the Nashville Campus.
  • SW519/549/563 - Research (3 credit hours). This course can count as an elective for the Gerontology Certificate. If you choose to do the aging related assignment for this course, you will need to send the Gerontology Certificate Chair a copy of this assignment. Offered online and also face-to-face at the Nashville Campus.
  • Other MSSW or graduate elective as approved by the Gerontology Certificate Chair.

 

Six (6) hours of internship or practicum.


 

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