Gerontology: CertDepartment: Family, Consumer, and Human Development Department
College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services
The gerontology certification program is an interdepartmental program designed to help prepare students for careers involving older individuals. USU is one of only two universities in the state that offers this certificate.
This certificate complements a variety of majors, including sociology, psychology, social work, and any health-related majors. Students take required courses in family, consumer, and human development, and choose electives for the remainder of their classes from areas including sociology, social work, nutrition, and more.
Aging services is a growing field, and learning about the concerns and needs of older adults in this program can make students more marketable when they graduate.
In addition to required and elective coursework, students participate in a gerontology practicum, in which they gain experience in the field for course credit. They also participate in the Student Gerontology Association, which provides service to the community and gives them exposure to professional opportunities in the field.
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.
This certificate can complement a student’s major to prepare them to work with older adults in a variety of settings, including:
- Senior citizen centers
- Residential care centers
- Long-term care facilities
- Counseling facilities
- Health education programs
- Advocacy/intervention programs
- Agency on Aging offices
- Federal organizations that provide services
- Nonprofit service organizations for the elderly
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.