The Department of Gerontology, in cooperation with other programs at the university, provides students interested in working with elders or in gerontological settings with the opportunity to complete the Certificate in Aging Studies while also completing requirements for other degree programs. Students must apply separately to the participating programs and must meet all admission and degree requirements for both programs. In some cases, and with the approval of the advisers of both programs, course work in one program may be approved to satisfy a course requirement in another program.

The departments of Occupational Therapy and Gerontology have developed a specialized version of the Certificate in Aging Studies program for students completing the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

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Students must meet admission requirements for the occupational therapy degree and the aging studies certificate programs.

Curriculum requirements

Course Title Hours
GRTY 601Biological and Physiological Aging3
GRTY/PSYC 602Psychology of Aging3
GRTY 603Social Gerontology3
Select one of the following:3
Aging and Human Values
Geriatric Rehabilitation
Topical Seminar
OCCT 691Special Topics in Occupational Therapy2
OCCT 709Research Process and Statistical Analysis in Occupational Therapy4
OCCT 729Research Practicum3
Total Hours21

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 21

Contact the respective departments for additional curriculum information.

Graduate program director
Jennifer Pryor
Department of Gerontology
Phone: (804) 828-1565

Program website: