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.
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.