Program Overview

The gerontology program equips students with the knowledge and skills to work with the burgeoning population of older adults in the 21st Century. The program is housed within the School of Social Work which traditionally is concerned with the person-in-environment. The program focuses not only on skills needed to work with aging individuals and their families but also with the greater social issues that impact older adults. The gerontology program is multi-disciplinary and designed to serve professionals in a range of occupations, including social workers, rehabilitation counselors, administrators, health care workers, educators as well as business professionals. Participants of this program will gain knowledge and appreciation of psychological, sociological and biological changes throughout the life course, as well as the values of inclusiveness and diversity that will be increasingly needed for our society to successfully navigate through the upcoming challenges and opportunities of an aging society.

Certification requires 9 core credit hours in gerontology and an additional 9 hours of elective credit for a total of 18 credit hours. The program may be completed independently or in conjunction with the MSW or another graduate degree program.

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

Option A The Gerontology Certificate Program 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 UA Little Rock Graduate School and select the Gerontology Certificate Program as their program of choice. Once accepted, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program.

Graduation Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 average GPA and complete the program within 5 years.

Program Advisor

Dr. Rosalie V. Otters | Associate Professor School of Social Work 501-569-3012 | | School of Social Work website


UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.


UA Little Rock makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501-569-3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501-569-3143. The Disability Support Services website,, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.
Cost per credit hour: $396