Program Description

The Gerontology Certificate is intended to give human service professionals a core function of classes centered on the aging population. This certificate will benefit nurses, nursing assistants and physicians who provide care for the aging population, human service workers who plan to work with older adults and their families in residential care, long-term care, hospitals, clinics and community settings, occupational, recreation and physical therapists who help to optimize the older population’s ability to function well in their daily living and working environments and adult children of aging parents, older adults and general public who have a growing need for understanding the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of aging.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $2,282
Books & Supplies: $110

Financial Aid

Not Available
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Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Describe the role of geriatric assessment, health promotion and rehabilitation in client management
  • Understand the psychosocial aspects of aging across ethnic groups
  • Apply ethical decision-making process to personal and professional situations
  • Identify physical, mental and social issues related to aging


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Activities Director


The Gerontology Certificate is a 14 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

Boundaries & Ethics - Helping Professions 3.00
Foundations Of Case Management 3.00
Introduction To Gerontology 3.00
Intro To Interviewing & Counseling Skills 3.00
Long-term Care/Medicare/Medicaid 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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