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Gerontology Certificate

Did you know, in 1916 the average life expectancy in America was 49.6 years for males and 54.3 years for females? Today, those numbers have greatly increased to 76.4 and 81.2, respectively (CDC). As a result, by 2030, roughly 31 million Americans will be older than 75, the largest such population in American history (U.S. Census Bureau projections). Examine the revolution in the U.S. and the world as the average age continues to rise.

This certificate course is designed to offer opportunities in the field of aging for those who work with older adults. Participants will explore the major challenges facing our aging population and discover the many resources currently available to this group. This certificate is ideal for caregivers, patient advocates, senior activity directors, entrepreneurs, legal and medical practitioners or anyone who has desire to improve the lives of individuals in this demographic.


More Information and Registration


High school diploma or equivalent, completion of our Basic Skills Assessment and submission of the Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and access to a computer and the Internet are required.

The Basic Skills Assessment and Program Application are located online. The instructions are here. You will be directed to the program application after completing the skills assessment.

What You’ll Gain
  • Increased knowledge, skills and confidence for the new challenges in the aging field
  • Meet leaders and other professionals in the aging field
  • Increased level of professionalism for your organization
Topics Covered
  • The aging revolution
  • Theories of aging: biological, social and psychological
  • Diversity of the aged population
  • Personal health and well-being
  • Lifespan development
  • Memory and cognition
  • Healthcare system
  • Economics of aging
  • Retirement and work
  • Housing and transportation
  • Leisure, recreation and education
  • Family life and social support
  • Death and dying
  • Politics of aging
  • The aging network
Ideal Student

Individuals who currently work with aging adults or desire to work with them in the future and have a passion to help others.

Financing Options
  • VA Education Benefits
  • Scholarships
  • Continuing education loans

Zola Thurmond - Gerontology“I love working with the aging population and wanted to know how I could fit in the industry. The program was extraordinary. It changed my life because I know about the process of aging, what to expect, and how to help others.”
— Zola Thurmond, graduate


101+ Careers in Aging

Discover the world of opportunities available in the aging industry.

Employment Locations
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Clinical practices
  • Counseling centers
  • Hospice services
  • Home health services
  • Research universities
  • Community and government agencies
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Why I Chose Gerontology
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Occupational Trends
56% Growth

Services for the elderly and disabled is Georgia’s 3rd-fastest growing job industry with a growth of 56% since 2008.

88.5 percent

By 2050, Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 – more than double that of 2010.


There are only 127 certified geriatricians in Georgia against a need for 442 based on the elderly population.


Older adults account for one-quarter of all doctor’s visits, one-third of all hospital stays, and more than one-third of emergency medical responses.