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Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

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The Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology is designed to increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of health and human service professionals who provide care to older adults in a variety of settings.

This 12-credit program, offered via distance-education technology, will meet the needs of working professionals who, because of the rapidly aging population, find themselves caring for a growing number of older adults and their caregivers.

Graduates of the certificate program will be prepared to function as members of interprofessional teams to effectively address the health and human service needs of an increasingly diverse aging population.

Individual courses in the certificate program may be taken as electives by graduate students. Undergraduate students who wish to take one or more courses as electives must seek instructor permission.

An introductory video :

Graduate Certificate Curriculum (12 credits)

  • The opportunities and challenges of aging (3 credits) – GRN 500
  • Life transitions and health in aging (3 credits)- GRN 501
  • Best practices in the care of older adults (3 credits)- GRN 502
  • Health policy issues of an aging population (2 credits)- GRN 503
  • Integrative seminar in gerontology (1 credit)- GRN 504

Here is our current flyer for the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology.

Here are some Frequently asked questions about the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology.

Students may register for the course GRN 500 Opportunities and Challenges of Aging which is offered in Fall 2013 and is the first course in the Certificate program. GRN503 - Health Policy Issues of an Aging Population is also offered in Fall 2013.

Course sequence:   Students will be expected to begin with Course 1, an introduction to gerontology, and to conclude with the final 1-credit integrative seminar. However, courses 2, 3, and 4 do not need to be taken sequentially.

Projected sequence of courses from Fall 2013 through Spring 2015:

 

Fall 2013

Spring 2014

Summer 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Course 1: SWK 584* /GRN 500 Course 2: GRN 501 Course 3: GRN 502(To be offered every summer) Course 4: GRN 503 Course 5: GRN 504
Course 4: GRN 503 Course 5: GRN 504 Course 1: GRN 500 Course 2: GRN 501

 

* Course 1 designator has been changed from SWK 584 to GRN 500 for Fall 2013

Course titles:

SWK 584/GRN 500:     Overview of the opportunities and challenges of aging. 3 cr.    To be offered every Fall semester.

GRN 501:                     Life Transitions and Health in Aging.  3 cr.   To be offered every Spring semester.

GRN 502:                     Interventions for Care of Older Adults in Diverse Settings.  3 cr.  To be offered every Summer.

GRN 503:                     Health Policy Issues of an Aging Population.  2 cr.   To be offered every Fall semester.

GRN 504:                     Integrative Seminar in Gerontology. 1 cr.  To be developed.

To be offered every Spring semester or as needed (final course in sequence of 5 required courses).

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Contact:

Nancy J. Fishwick, PhD, RN, FNP, Director and Associate Professor

UMaine School of Nursing, 5724 Dunn Hall, Room 217

Orono, ME  04469-5724

Telephone: 207-581-2607

E-mail: fishwick@maine.edu

OR

Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, PhD, Director, UMaine Center on Aging

Professor, UMaine School of Social Work

Camden Hall, 25 Texas Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401-4324

Telephone: 207-262-7922

E-mail: len.kaye@umit.maine.edu