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Gerontology Studies

Undergraduate Certificate

Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of aging as a social, behavioral, and biological science, including the physical change and psychosocial aspects of aging. The reality of our aging society is resulting in a demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging. There are many diverse opportunities for a career in the field of aging.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology Studies examines the aging process, and looks at both health and disability among the elderly. As a student in the program, you take courses covering topics such as nutrition and exercise, aging and the older person, programs for older adults, and the psychosocial aspects of aging. You also participate in a service-learning experience in an agency on aging or in a long-term care facility.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology Studies prepares you to work in adult healthcare facilities in such careers as:

  • Aging consultant 
  • Aging advocate 
  • Family support specialist 
  • Assisted living caregiver 
  • Resident care associate 
  • Elder care provider 
  • Personal care attendant 
  • Home care specialist 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology Studies, you must complete 18 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Gerontology core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Gerontology elective courses (6 credit hours)  

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program: 
  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or:    
        IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
        Cavanaugh Hall 147 
        425 University Boulevard 
        Indianapolis, IN 46202 


SHRS-W 350Survey of Programs for Older Adults3 Credits
SHRS-W 370Psychosocial Aspects of Aging3 Credits
SHRS-W 375Physical Change & Aging3 Credits
SHRS-W 450Seminar in Gerontology3 Credits
SHRS-N 265Nutrition and Exercise3 Credits
SHRS-W 220Aging and the Older Person3 Credits
SHRS-W 410Service Learning in Geriatric3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $308.02
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $924.06

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $400.43
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1201.29
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