The entire program can be completed either in person, online, or a hybrid of both. In other words, you don't have to come to campus to earn your Certificate in Aging Studies.
You can complete the program at your own pace as either a full-time or part-time student.
Most courses are offered in the evenings to accomodate our students who need this extra flexibility due to family, work, or life.
Certificate students can customize their program of study through electives and independent study projects that are relevant to their career goals.
Our students have such a wide diversity of educational training and work and personal experience which makes for rich and dynamic learning.
VCU Gerontology has a strong positive relationship with the wider community, which provides students many opportunities for networking, learning, engaging, and applying knowledge and skills acquired from courses.
VCU Gerontology has a strong commitment to viewing aging as a lifespan journey toward elderhood, with a focus on disrupting ageism where we can.
Our students get jobs! 100% of our students are employed following graduation.
There is no Gerontological Specialist like a VCU Gerontological Specialist!
The Certificate in Aging Studies is a post-baccalaureate graduate certificate program that can be completed on its own, or as part of a combined program outlined below.
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, including:
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D)
Students interested in pursuing a combined Certificate in Aging Studies 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.
Connect Gerontological Theory to Practice: Students will demonstrate a holistic theoretical understanding of adult development and elderhood from a biological, psychological, and social perspective and the ability to apply this knowledge to aging, using a strengths-based lifespan orientation.
Integrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Gerontological Practice: Students will demonstrate knowledge of how discrimination, oppression and marginalization based on age and intersectional identities impacts health and longevity. Students will be equipped with the knowledge to shape positive attitudes about aging and elderhood.
Develop Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving using gerontological research to evaluate best-practice approaches and the effectiveness of policies and services that support elders, their family members, and the community.
Uphold Professional and Ethical Standards: Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in an on-going self-reflective process of their professional gerontological practice. Students will demonstrate the ability to uphold professional standards through individually and collaboratively applying ethical decision making processes.
Identify and Respond to Community Need: Students will demonstrate knowledge of Older Adult Services and will be able to make contributions to community identified needs through the successful delivery of services and effective communication with elders, their families, the community, and the public. Community engagement will take the form of field work, research, grant writing, experiential learning opportunities, education and training.
Interested in a dual degree/certificate? Contact Jen Pryor at email@example.com. VCU offers many opportunities to pursue a graduate degree along with a certificate program and take advantage of course efficiencies. Students may combine a graduate degree and certificate in aging studies for the following programs:
Curriculum requirements can be found in the VCU Graduate Bulletin
A list of Gerontology courses can be found in the VCU Bulletin*
*The course list is not exhaustive of all topics that may be offered in the Department of Gerontology.
Joint Certificate in Aging Studies Program Core Curriculum
Curriculum requirements for the Joint Certificate in Aging Studies VCU Graduate Bulletin.