Program Requirements (9 credits)
Course sequence: Students will be expected to begin with GRN 500, an introduction to gerontology, however, courses 2 and 3 do not need to be taken sequentially.
- GRN 500: Opportunities and Challenges of Aging 3cr. offered online in the fall
- GRN 501: Life Transitions and Health in Aging 3cr. offered online in the spring
- GRN 502: Interprofessional Care of Older Adults in Diverse Settings 3cr. offered online in the summer
|Available 100% online||Credit Hours||Tuition||Application Deadline||Test Requirements|
|Yes||9 credits||$429/cr. in-state and $536/cr. out-of-state||Rolling Admission||None|
General Overview Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program
The Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program 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.
- 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 can I do with an Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology?
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 Certificate Program 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.
Graduate Certificate Program admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree in any field with a GPA 2.75 or higher. 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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
What students have to say about the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
“I earned my Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology while taking classes on campus for my Master’s Degree in Social Work. As a full-time student, the flexibility of the online classes was a great fit with my very busy schedule. The Certificate program has a diverse group of guest lecturers from many disciplines, creating an invaluable and unique learning opportunity. Students also come to the program with varied educational and experiential backgrounds, leading to fascinating group discussions. I cannot speak highly enough about the instructors, all of whom were extremely accessible to students’ questions and very open to feedback. I strongly recommend the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology for students from any background looking for a career in this rewarding and dynamic field.” – Laurie Qualey
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