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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate is designed to provide professionals with knowledge of the biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of the aging process as well as an understanding of the social policies and services that respond to the needs of the older adult.

The certificate requires 12 core credit hours in gerontology and an additional 9 hours of elective credit for a total of 21 credit hours.

The core courses are:

  • SOWK 8321 – Biology & Psychology of Aging
  • GERO/SOC/SOWK 5301 – Social Gerontology
  • SOWK 8329 – Aging & Social Policy I
  • SOWK 8193 & 8293 – Resources & Services for Older Adults

Approved electives are as follows (students interested in other courses should consult with the coordinator for approval):

  •  SOWK 8191/8211: Social Work Practice with Older Adults
  • SOWK 8159/8259: Evaluation Research
  • SOWK 8305: Management & Community Practice I
  • SOWK 8306: Management & Community Practice II
  • SOWK 8309: Intergenerational Family Therapy
  • SOWK 8340: Aging & Social Policy II
  • SOWK 8346: Family in Late Life
  • SOWK 8380: Assessment & Case Management
  • HSAD 5123: The Health Care System
  • HSAD 5143: Management of Health Care Organizations
  • PADM 7336: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • SOWK 8218 & 8191: Loss & Grief

Admission Procedures:

Option A
The certificate may be completed in conjunction with the MSW or another graduate degree.  Students already enrolled in another graduate program should also apply to the gerontology certificate program.  MSW students may use the courses taken in the certificate program for their required electives.  Students in other graduate programs will need to submit the courses for acceptance as electives to their departments.

Option B

Students not in a graduate program but wishing to obtain a certificate must be accepted into the UALR graduate school and select the gerontology certificate as their program of choice.  Once accepted, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program.