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Gerontology Health Care Certificate

To help address the number of U.S. retirees and those approaching retirement age, University of Phoenix has introduced a Gerontology Health Care Certificate program. This program is designed for individuals who seek a foundation in the field of gerontology health care . Read more about the Gerontology Health Care Certificate program here.

Official Program Name:

Gerontology Health Care Certificate

School Offering Program:

University of Phoenix

Program Level:

Graduate Certificate

Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the University of Phoenix Gerontology Health Care Certificate program should have a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on the undergraduate degree posted transcript. Students must also have a minimum of one year of full-time post high school work experience or volunteer experience with exposure to organizational systems and management processes and be currently employed in a suitable health/health-related environment or have access to a suitable health/health-related work environment for the completion of course assignments. Interested individuals may also have experience in the field or may seek to gain knowledge of gerontological health-care programs, issues, and trends.

Program Description:

The Gerontology Health Care Certificate curriculum is designed to teach students about mental and physical health and disability issues affecting aging populations. Program participants have the chance to study political, economic, societal, and cultural aspects of aging. Additionally, the curriculum is intended to teach students how to develop and coordinate gerontological wellness programs. Addressed topics include national demographics, public policy, elderly care needs, disease prevention, and retirement.


University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (

Learning Format:


Program Length / Total Credits Required:

12 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include federal and state financial aid, grants and loans, employer tuition reimbursement, internal and external scholarship sources, and access to other resources.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Gerontology Health Care Certificate:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact University of Phoenix to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • HCS 548: Foundations of Gerontology (3 credits)
  • HCS 551: Biological and Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
  • HCS 557: Social and Cultural Aspects of Aging (3 credits)
  • HCS 565: Organization and Management of Aging Services (3 credits)

Furthering Your Education:

Individuals who have completed the University of Phoenix Gerontology Health Care Certificate program may decide to pursue a graduate degree. Earning a master's degree could allow students to gain advanced knowledge and skills in dealing with aging populations. It could also qualify graduates for added workplace duties or wider employment options.

Master's degree options include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Business Administration