Social Work

Gerontology Certificate

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Why Choose Gerontology?

The gerontology certificate at Wright State is a set of courses demonstrating specialized classroom and internship knowledge related to older adults. The certificate is open to all majors and will be designated on your final academic transcript. All courses may be taken in conjunction with requirements for a major. The program is available to undergraduate and graduate students and for students across all majors.


    When you graduate and begin seeking employment, this will provide proof you have mastered the specific knowledge. Current labor statistics indicate that gerontology and geriatrics are the fastest growing employment fields in the U.S. Having a degree in your own discipline and a certificate in gerontology will enable you to find employment in institutional settings, community care agencies, mental health services, and other areas.

    View the gerontology program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections

    Academics and Curriculum

    The certificate program is built on three distinct but interrelated components totaling 18 semester credit hours:

    • Three core courses that provide an overall understanding of the field.
    • At least two elective courses that explore vital issues.
    • A field education experience related to your discipline in which you work with older adults.
    • A minimum grade of B is required for the courses taken for the certificate in gerontology.

    View the gerontology certificate program information and requirements in the Academic Catalog.


    Both undergraduate– and graduate–level students may pursue studies for the certificate in gerontology. You must complete the gerontology certificate application (DOCX) to the program and send to program director Hyejin Kim, Ph.D., at If you are a transfer student, you must submit your transcripts for review. After being accepted, you will have an initial advising session to plan your courses and the field placement. For more information call Hyejin Kim, Ph.D, at 937-775-2751.

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