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Texas Tech University's online Gerontology Certificate is made possible through a consortium of universities called the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Several universities have come together to offer online post-baccalaureate programs to students whose families or careers have prevented them from completing a degree on campus. The consortium agreement allows students to take courses offered by multiple institutions for a standard tuition in order to complete a program.
This program is designed to prepare professionals who are either working directly with older people or are involved in education and research related to older adults. It addresses the needs of students with career interests in the rapidly expanding field of aging. Completion of the certificate program better prepares graduates for challenging positions in planning, program development and direct service delivery in a wide variety of gerontology and geriatric settings.
As the number of older persons in society increases, professionals will require knowledge about the psychosocial, biological and health, social policy, economic, and service delivery aspects of aging. The Certificate in Gerontology distinguishes students as knowledgeable, skilled, and committed professionals in the field of gerontology. The program enhances professional marketability, builds skills and competencies, fulfills continuing education requirements for many professionals, and develops an interdisciplinary perspective on aging.
This program has a total of 21 credit hours. Although students can take courses from multiple institutions, the degree granting institution is responsible for placing students for practicum and internship credits. Coursework is completed online and students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by inpidual.
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