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Gerontology

The Program

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is offered by the College of Health and Human Development to prepare a qualified work force to address the needs of our aging population. The need for a gerontology certificate arises because the complex issues and problems of aging require an interdisciplinary perspective that is not provided within any single discipline.

The knowledge and skills acquired will enable graduates to integrate gerontology into their discipline and to provide services for an older population. The certificate provides documentation that students have completed an organized program of interdisciplinary gerontology courses.

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a health or human services-related major. The certificate complements many other graduate degree programs and can be taken concurrently with courses towards a graduate degree.

Class scheduling will reflect the needs of a working student population with evening classes or weekend classes that meet less frequently for longer periods of time. Some courses may be offered online. The certificate requires 15 units of approved course work.

Why Study Gerontology?

Thank you for your interest in the Gerontology Program at California State University, Northridge. For over 30 years, we’ve sought to improve the quality of life for older adults through interdisciplinary education, collaboration, and service. Our program focuses on understanding and meeting the diverse needs of our changing senior population. As recent graduates will attest, students receive a unique blend of academic and experiential learning to facilitate professional success in their chosen field of aging services.

No trend in the last 100 years has had greater impact on the nature of social and political life than the demographic shifts reflected in the following:

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1 in 5 older adults will be over the age of 65 by the year 2030.
  • Individuals aged 85 and older represent the country’s fastest growing demographic, with numbers expected to triple to 8.8 million by 2030.

The number of jobs in gerontology-related fields is expected to increase by more than 36% by 2012 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). While job growth will continue in the health care sector, new opportunities are emerging daily in the development and delivery of aging products and services. Individuals who understand older adults’ needs, strengths, and limitations, as well as their cognitive, physical, and social functioning, will be well-positioned to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.

Federally-Required Disclosures


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The Educational CIP Code for this certificate program is 30.1101 and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupation Codes (SOC) are 19-1042.00 and 19-3099.00.

Visit the O*NET OnLine site for information on careers in the field of Gerontology.

The program is designed to take two semesters. Information about tuition and fees can be found on the University Cash Services web site.

In 2010/11 most students paid $3,945 in fees and $1,620 in Books and Supplies.

Federal student loans are available to students in this certificate program. Information can be found on the Financial Aid and Scholarship web site.