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100% Online 9 credits $439/cr. in-state and $549/cr. out-of-state* Rolling Admission None

*This special e-tuition rate applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a UMaineOnline degree or certificate program.

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Curriculum (9 credits)

Course sequence: It is preferred that the Gerontology Certificate students take courses in sequence (GRN 500, GRN 501, GRN 502); however, this is not mandatory.

  • GRN 500: Opportunities and Challenges of Aging (3 credits) (offered fall)
  • GRN 501: Life Transitions and Health in Aging (3 credits) (offered spring)
  • GRN 502: Interprofessional Care of Older Adults in Diverse Settings (3 credits) (offered summer)

Course Descriptions

Individual courses in the certificate program may be taken as electives by graduate students from any program. In addition, students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program may request permission of the instructor to take individual courses.

Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The Interprofessional Graduate Certificate 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.

The goals of the UMaine Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology are to:

  • Strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of health and human service professionals for provision of effective, comprehensive care and services for older adults and their caregivers.
  • Increase the number of individuals who select a career in the health and human service fields with specialization in the delivery of services for older adults.
  • Prepare professionals from a variety of fields to function as members of interprofessional teams in the provision of services which enhance the lives of older adults and those who care for them.

The following principles are reflected in the course material and in the teaching-learning activities of the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology:

  • Focus on the opportunities and challenges of aging and in working with older adults/caregivers.
  • Maintain a balance between wellness and illness.
  • Appreciate diversity in the aging population in terms of age, race, gender, sexuality, culture/ethnicity, abilities, and differences in life experiences.
  • Emphasize ethical principles in the care of older adults/caregivers.
  • Demonstrate interprofessional team approaches.
  • Recognize similarities and differences in gerontological practice in rural versus urban communities.
  • Enhance cross-generational learning between inexperienced students and those who have professional experience in care of older adults (enrollment will include current graduate students combined with seasoned practitioners).
  • Acknowledge the strengths and assets that the older adult brings to their relationships with others.
  • Include the voices and the lived experiences of older adults and caregivers in the learning experience.

What You’ll Learn

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.

Upon completion of the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, the graduate will:

  •  Demonstrate knowledge of social, behavioral, cultural, and health-related issues experienced by the growing population of older adults and their caregivers.
  • Promote health, functionality, and quality of life of older adults through education of individuals and families and through appropriate referrals to service providers.
  • Incorporate ethical principles in the provision of services for older adults and their caregivers.
  • Incorporate evidence-based strategies in assessing health and service needs and in designing care management plans for older adults and caregivers.
  • Demonstrate understanding of an interprofessional team approach for efficient, innovative, and effective service delivery.
  • Advocate for improved health and human services for older adults and their caregivers, grounded in knowledge of aging-related health policy and effective programs.

Visit the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate website for additional information.



Graduate Certificate Program admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree in any field with a GPA 2.75 or higher.

Application Materials

Before you apply, please review the application instructions. When you are ready to apply, complete your online application.

Faculty 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:


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:

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Have questions about earning your Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology online with UMaine? Contact Amanda, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at

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Students' Experience Earning Their Gerontology Certificate Online

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All of the full-time and visiting faculty have extensive expertise in the field of Gerontology. For a complete listing of the faculty, please check out their information (including bios) on the Gerontology Faculty website.