Program Overview

The University of North Georgia offers a Certificate in Gerontology for students and professionals in fields of study and employment relating to the aging process and working with older adults. Students will study acute and chronic illnesses and health conditions in older adults as they study the social and psychological dynamics that are the results of the aging process. The program will help prepare students with knowledge and skills for working with older populations in careers related to the study of the aging, in the areas of aging for fields such as law, pharmacy, strategic policy analyst, educator, and other professions that result in interaction with or representation of older populations.

Students may advance their medical and social education with a curriculum that increases responsibilities and training in the identification and treatment of health issues in adults. The program consists of 15 credit hours of classes which include survey of aging, biology of aging, psychology of aging, and sociology of aging.

Successful graduates should be able to exhibit the ability to understand the theoretical foundations of the field of gerontology as well as the interdisciplinary approaches to the study of gerontology, to understand the psychological, biological, physiological, and sociological aspects of aging, to understand gerontological research and the analytical and evaluative aspects of gerontological studies, and to understand the role of gerontological care in public service programs to meet the needs of health organizations, and the community.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Total online programs are not available for applicants requiring an F-1 visa for admission to the university.

    School Overview

    University of North Georgia was founded in 1873 as a branch of the Georgia College of Agriculture and Mechanical through the University of Georgia. The first classes held at University of North Georgia served both men and women, making it the first coeducational college in the state. In 1929 the name of the school became North Georgia College. Then in 1932, the college was reduced to a two-year junior college but was reinstated as a four-year college by 1946. In 2012, North Georgia College and the State University with Gainesville State College merged to form the University of North Georgia by January 2013. The school's mission is "to provide an environment of academic excellence that develops leaders who respect all people, maintain high ethical standards, continue intellectual and personal growth and serve the community, the state, the nation and the world."

    Students have a variety of options academically at University of North Georgia leading to associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. There are four schools in which students can find a program:

    • College of Arts & Letters
    • Mike Cottrell College of Business
    • College of Education
    • College of Health Sciences & Professions
    • College of Science & Mathematics
    • University College
    • Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis

    University of North Georgia offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. 


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