Certificate in Gerontology

Make an impact on the lives of others by choosing a career that addresses the needs of the older population.  Students wanting to become nurses, social workers, addiction counselors, family service workers, health care administrators, psychologists, public health workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more will expand their career options and enhance their knowledge and skills by taking this certificate program.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $48,410 - $75,040on campusonline

Explore the Program

Courses (18 credit hours):

BI 260   Biology of Aging

PY 212  Psychology of Adulthood and Aging or PY326 Health Psychology (Prerequisite: PY 100 for both courses)

HS 131  Human Development

HS 372  Death and Dying

HS 378  Issues in Aging

3 hrs. approved elective (see the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator for approval)

By the Numbers

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Overall employment of social service and healthcare workers is projected to grow from 10 to 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialization. (source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Projected Job Growth



Median Salary

$48,410 - $75,040

(Social Service Workers) - (Healthcare Practitioners)

Student/Faculty Ratio


Apply Now

Apply now to earn a certificate in Gerontology. Contact Washburn's School of Applied Studies to start the process. Students are eligible to apply if they have a bachelor's degree or are currently in the process of earning a bachelor's degree.

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Family & Human Services
Benton Hall, Room 311
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2116

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