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 Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, in cooperation with the Department of Gerontology, provides its degree-seeking students with the opportunity to earn the Certificate in Aging Studies while concurrently completing the requirements for the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.

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Students must meet admission requirements for both the rehabilitation counseling degree and the aging studies certificate program, and admission into one is independent of the other.

Curriculum requirements

Course Title Hours
GRTY 601Biological and Physiological Aging3
GRTY/PSYC 602Psychology of Aging3
GRTY 603Social Gerontology3
GRTY 615Aging and Mental Disorders3
or GRTY 641 Survey of Psychological Assessment and Treatment of the Older Adult
GRTY 692Independent Studies3
RHAB 625Research and Program Evaluation3
RHAB 696Supervised Clinical Practice in Rehabilitation and Mental Health3
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: