This certificate program is a special course of study in gerontology that compliments undergraduate degree programs in various departments and colleges throughout the University. Individuals who already hold an undergraduate degree may also pursue the certificate. The program represents a concentration involving current knowledge and research in gerontology. It adds another dimension to the knowledge and skills a student is able to offer in the many professions that are becoming specialized in research and service to adults and older adults. This course of study coordinates multi-disciplinary training of personnel in adult development and aging and helps to meet the critical shortage of trained individuals in the field of gerontology.

The undergraduate curriculum committee of the Institute will oversee this Certificate Program and certify through the Director of the Institute that all requirements for the certificate have been completed.

A sequence of study is available in Nursing Home Administration through the Institute. The undergraduate certificate is included in an Ohio Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators approved course of study in Nursing Home Administration which combines a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management (Personnel Option) with a certificate in gerontology.

B.S./M.D. students may complete the Practicum/Internship and electives from courses available from the Institute or the Office of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.


To participate in the program, a student must:


  • Obtain admittance to The University of Akron as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student.
  • Submit an application to the program countersigned by the student's major academic advisor.
  • Participate in an interview with a designated faculty member of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology.
  • Consult with the Director or designated faculty member to formulate a program of study.
  • Receive written notification of admission from the Director of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology.



Minimum Hours: 20 Credits

Core Requirements:


  • 3006:450 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Gerontology 
  • 3006:495 Practicum: (within Institute or in individual departments)
  • 3100:392 Biology of Aging (Prerequisite: 3110:112 or 265 or 206 or 207 or equivalent) 
  • 3750:475 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (Prerequisite: 3750:100 or permission)
  • 3850:343 The Sociology of Aging (Prerequisite: 3750:100 or permission)


Electives: (must be outside of student's major degree department)


  • 3006:486 Retirement Specialist
  • 3006:490 Workshop-Women: Middle and Later Years 
  • 3006:490 Workshop-Aging: Process and Intervention
  • 3700:480 Policy Problems: Aging (Offered every other year)
  • 3850:365 ST in Sociology: Death and Dying
  • 3850:444 Social Issues in Aging
  • 5400:440 Life-Span and Community Education
  • 6500:480 Introduction to Health Care Management 
  • 7400:390 Family Relationships in Middle and Later Years
  • 7700:110 Introduction to Disorders of Communication
  • 7750:450 Social Needs and Services: Aging