Schools in Connecticut offering training in gerontology primarily award certificates. Students will need to earn 9-30 credits, depending on the program. While most of the gerontology certificates are offered at the undergraduate level generally through 2-year colleges, a couple 4-year universities feature graduate certificate options in the field. Other training options in Connecticut include associate's degrees and minors in gerontology. Below are summaries of the seven colleges and universities in Connecticut that offer programs in gerontology.
Asnuntuck Community College
Asnuntuck Community College is located in the city of Enfield. The school offers a 27-credit hour gerontology certificate program. The curriculum is composed of courses in human services, death and dying, the sociology of aging, psychology, and diversity. Students also take math, public speaking, and composition.
Capital Community College
Capital Community College in Hartford offers an Associate in Science in Social Services with an option in gerontology. This program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to assist others. Graduates should have an understanding of issues involving the aging, such as end-of-life decisions, myths concerning the elderly, and the scientific processes used to study aging. Students take courses in health and aging, death and dying, human services, the psychology of aging, group dynamics, and family sociology, among other areas. General education units are also required for this 61-credit program.
Gateway Community College
This New Haven school offers an Associate in Science in Human Services program with a gerontology option. The curriculum includes coursework in the physiology of aging, human services, psychology of aging, counseling methods, and other areas. Fieldwork and general education courses are also part of the program. The curriculum prepares students to work in the field or to transfer to a four-year college. A 15-credit certificate program in gerontology is also available.
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury offers a gerontology certificate program for students interested in making a career out of working with the elderly. The program combines human services courses with classes in death and dying, behavior modification, and social issues. A fieldwork course in social services is also required for the 30-credit hour program.
Norwalk Community College
The gerontology certificate program at this Norwalk school includes courses in the psychology of adult development, gerocounseling, and geriatric social and legal systems. Students also complete general psychology and human services courses and a fieldwork component.
University of Saint Joseph
Undergraduates at this private Roman Catholic college in West Hartford can earn a minor or certificate in the field of gerontology through the Human Development and Family Studies program. Both the minor and the certificate require a core of nine credits consisting of an introductory gerontology course and four classes covering the biological, nutritional, and health aspects of aging. Students also take an additional nine credits of coursework in related disciplines. Experiential learning opportunities are available at various nursing homes, clinics, and organizations in the area, including the Connecticut State Legislature. Graduates of the program have become employed as nursing home administrators, retirement advisers, and corporate gerontologists.
Western Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University is a four-year public university located in Danbury. WCSU's postbaccalaureate certificate program in interdisciplinary gerontological studies is a collaborative offering of several departments at the school. The 12-credit program is geared toward students and practicing professionals with backgrounds in health or human services. Four options of study are available, depending upon the student's background. Course topics include social policy in gerontology, advanced pathophysiology, long-term care administration, and physical activity and the aging.
School Comparison: At A Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Gerontology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Asnuntuck Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Gerontology Certificate|| In-state: $4,464
|Capital Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Science in Social Services - gerontology option|| In-state: $4,464
|Gateway Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city|| Associate in Science in Human Services - gerontology option,
| In-state: $4,424
|Naugatuck Valley Community College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb||Gerontology Certificate|| In-state: $4,424
|Norwalk Community College||Two-year, public; small city||Gerontology Certificate|| In-state: $4,414
|University of Saint Joseph||Four-year, private, not-for-profit; small city||Undergraduate Gerontology Certificate||$38,173|
|Western Connecticut State University||Four-year, public; small city||Advanced Certificate Program in Interdisciplinary Gerontological Studies|| In-state: $10,859
Source: *NCES College Navigator