Our nation is approaching a milestone. Within 30 years, there will be 70 million people aged 65 and over. Some will continue to work; others with embark on new careers that will allow time for leisure activities, and others may choose complete retirement. Many will be faced with changes in their health and quality of life. No matter what choices they make or what changes occur in their lives, as a group, the elderly will require support with regard to money management, leisure, health care, housing, and family issues. Gerontology is the field that will provide you with the educational background and job skills to respond to the needs of our aging population.
Earning a Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will show potential employers that you have the educational experience necessary to relate to the needs of our aging population and that you are motivated and prepared to work in this field. Whether you have worked with aging populations before or are new to this field, this certificate provides the courses necessary to help you advise, care, support, manage, and understand the special needs of the elderly.
The certificate program can be completed in one-year, with credit given to people who have had experience working with this population and internship support for those who need this experience. The program offers an array of courses that provide the student with a well-rounded perspective on the study of gerontology.