Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Social worker speaking with an older woman in her home.

The Gerontology Program at UA Little Rock equips students with the knowledge and skills to work with and enrich the lives of older adults. The program focuses on:

  • skills needed to work with aging individuals and their families
  • the greater social issues that impact older adults

Our location in Arkansas’ capital city allows students to have immediate access to hands-on learning because of affiliations with Arkansas State Hospital, Central Arkansas Veterans Health Administration, University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) and other area agencies.

The fully-online program is designed to enhance learning for myriad professionals including social workers, nurses, rehabilitation counselors, administrators, audiologists, care managers, health care workers, educators as well as business professionals. The knowledge base for this graduate certificate program is limited in scope with policies and examples from American society.

Admission Requirements

Option A
The graduate certificate may be completed in conjunction with the MSW or any other 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 who are not in a graduate program but wish to obtain a certificate should apply to the UA Little Rock Graduate School and select the Gerontology certificate. An overall GPA of 2.7 or a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours and proof of immunization are required for regular admittance into the certificate program. Please see the Catalog for information on special conditional admission.

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements

The certificate program requires the 9 core credit hours in Gerontology and an additional 9 hours of approved elective credit, for a total of 18 credit hours. All required core courses are online. View the curriculum.

Once accepted into the certificate program, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to remain in the program.