Graduate Admissions Health Professions School of Health Professions and Human Services

New Advanced Certificate in Gerontology

The School of Health Professions and Human Services is now offering a new advanced certificate in Gerontology: Healthy Aging. The program is accepting students for the fall 2019 semester.  

The 18-credit program, consisting of five courses and a capstone or field placement experience, is ideal for students who want to work with the aging population, and offers an interdisciplinary foundation with course work in health administration, public health, counseling, and speech pathology.  

“Our new advanced certificate in gerontology is responding to the local, regional, and global needs of the growing aging population, and underscores our mission to prepare compassionate, skilled health care professionals, clinicians, policymakers, and advocates who can meet the needs of the communities around us, said Dean Holly Seirup.  “This program, which will give students a focused concentration and background in healthy aging, is ideal for both established and emerging health professionals and clinicians who already work, or will work, with the aging populations.”

The program can be completed alongside a master’s degree program or as a stand-alone program for students with either an undergraduate or graduate degree.  It can also help fulfill the education eligibility requirements for certification as a geriatric care manager, offered through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers.  

Classes are offered on weeknights, and on average, students complete the advanced certificate in one and one-half academic years, or less if they’ve already taken some of the necessary courses as part of their graduate degree.

Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0, two letters of recommendation, personal essay describing professional intent, and an interview with the program director. 

To apply, visit  For more information, contact Assistant Dean Nicolle Tumminelli at or 516-463-6467.

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