Certificate in Gerontology

Units required for Certificate: 181

Program Description

The Gerontology Program provides an applied interdisciplinary approach to studying the human aging process and the challenges encountered by older adults and their families as they interact in contemporary society. The curriculum is anchored in life course and humanistic theory, and concentrates on the needs of both healthy and chronically ill elders.

Candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in courses submitted for the certificate.


Graduate students wishing to pursue independent study focusing on aspects of Gerontology are encouraged to also take GERO 299: Special Problems.

Eligibility Information

Students must either be in a graduate degree program at Sacramento State or must apply for graduate admission to the University.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (18 Units)
GERO 101Elder Care Continuum Services and Strategies3
GERO 200Adaptation To Age Related Changes, Illnesses and Caregiving3
GERO 221Models for Successful Aging3
GERO 222Managing Disorders in Elders3
GERO 295Internship/Project3
GERO 102/PPA 100Social Policy for an Aging Society3
or GERO 103 Applied Care Management in Gerontology Practice
Total Units18