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Gerontology, Bachelor

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Currently, about one in eight Americans is 65 or older. By 2030, the older adult population is expected to grow to 20 percent of the population. This is a worldwide trend that has created a demand for professionals trained to understand the unique needs of older adults. At the Washington State University we offer an undergraduate certificate in Gerontology. 
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The Washington State University offers an undergraduate certificate in Gerontology Certificate. This program provides the knowledge and skills to help improve the quality of life for older adults. The certificate is ideal for professionals currently working with older adults who desire additional knowledge and skills and those who are interested in joining this diverse field. The certificate is also ideal for students pursuing a degree in human development who would like to specialize in gerontology. 

Students in other academic areas who plan to work with older adults should consider earning the certificate.

The core certificate courses offer a solid understanding of age-related social, physical, and emotional issues facing older adults. Students in the certificate program can tailor their education to match their career goals and interests by choosing from a wide variety of elective courses, and all students complete an internship with an organization that works with older adults. 

Career Development

  • Students who complete the gerontology certificate are preparing themselves for careers in organizations and settings that focus on older adults, including leisure and recreation companies, adult day service programs, investment firms, assisted living and other long-term facilities, health and social services, community organizations, education providers, and many others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • Because most of the courses required for the certificate are upper-division, students should have at least 9 hours of social sciences courses (e.g., HD 101, Psych 105, Soc 101 or equivalent courses) and at least one writing course equivalent to Engl 101 or Engl 201 prior to enrolling in the 300 and 400 level courses. 
  • Some of the upper-division courses may have other prerequisites that students will need to take before enrolling in those courses.

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General Requirements

  • English Proficiency
  • WSU International Admissions will review your application for admission using unofficial copies of transcripts from the secondary and post-secondary schools you have attended
  • When you send transcripts to the International Undergraduate Admissions Office at Washington State University, we will complete the credential/transcript evaluation for you. This is an important part of the admission process
  • As part of your application, you will need to provide verification of financial support for at least one year of tuition and expenses. This support may be provided through any combination of personal or sponsored funds

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Tuition Fee

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    12544 USD/year
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    5255 USD/year
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