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Gerontology Certificate Program Frequently Asked Questions

We understand - you probably have a lot of questions about the UT College of Social Work gerontology program. Hopefully the following answers to frequently asked questions will be helpful to you.

Number One

To become a student in the Certificate Program, do I have to be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Tennessee, or can I simply enroll in the Certificate Program?

In order to enroll in the Certificate Program, students must first be admitted by the Graduate School as a prospective candidate for a UT graduate program.

Number Two

I am currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Tennessee.? What do I need to do to apply to the Gerontology Certificate Program?

Mail your completed
Application for Admission to the Graduate Certificate of Gerontology Program
(document in Microsoft Word format) to the Gerontology Certificate Program Chair, Dr. Sherry Cummings, at the address in the bottom of this page.

Number Three

I am completing a Master’s degree and I am interested in the Certificate Program, but I am not sure how it would fit into my program of study. Can I complete the requirements for my degree and the Certificate and still graduate in two years?

The Certificate Program is designed so that elective courses in most programs that have been approved as Certificate courses can be used to fulfill Certificate requirements. Courses may be used to count towards both a Master’s degree and the Gerontology Certificate if they fulfill requirements of both programs. With proper planning, one can complete both programs of study in a two-year period.?

Number Four

What if I am unable to complete all of the requirements before I graduate? Is it possible for me to continue to take courses to earn the Certificate of Gerontology?

Yes. If all Certificate of Gerontology requirements cannot be met before graduation from a degree program, work may still be done toward the Certificate after graduation. Non-degree status must be granted through the Graduate School early in the semester before enrollment in courses as a non-degree student. Please note any student anticipating following this route should consult with an advisor.

Number Five

What job opportunities are available to me as a result of completing the Graduate Certificate of Gerontology?

The completion of the Certificate will be formally noted on your transcript if the appropriate Completion of Certificate Program form has been filed and will indicate to prospective employers that, in addition to training within a particular discipline and degree program, formal interdisciplinary training in gerontology has been obtained.

Number Six

How long do I have to finish the Certificate? Is there a deadline?

There is no established time limit for receiving the certificate. If classes have not been taken over a three-year period, a student will be considered "inactive". Students who have been classified as "inactive" can have the status lifted by scheduling an advisory session with the Gerontology Coordinator. This meeting is necessary to review the courses which are available and necessary for completion of the Certificate requirements.

Number Seven

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

You should contact the Chair of the Gerontology Certificate program if you have any additional questions:

Sherry Cummings, Ph.D.
Chair, Gerontology Certificate Program
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Social Work
193 Polk Ave., Suite E
Nashville, TN 37210


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