Certificate in Aging Studies
About the Program
An undergraduate certificate in aging studies (UGC-AGE) allows students and working professionals to expand their knowledge in the fundamental concepts of aging, to better serve an aging population they frequently encounter. The UGC-AGE introduces students to the field of aging and prepares them in specific areas of psychology. Students have an opportunity to focus on content specific to their area of interest as they choose from the rotation of aging studies electives for their final credit hours.
The UGC-AGE can be completed 100 percent online. Students who complete this certificate and then wish to complete the Bachelor of Science in health management concentration in aging studies will have already earned credit hours that can be applied toward the degree.
The curriculum can be completed within one academic year with entry to the program allowed in fall, spring or summer semesters, and may be pursued concurrently with undergraduate degrees such as exercise science, psychology, sociology, social work and clinical disciplines in the College of Health Professions. The certificate may also be completed by a nondegree seeking undergraduate who is a working professional in a field that would benefit from further study of the aging population. Additionally, the UGC-AGE provides quality distance education, enabling students to earn their certificate from anywhere in the state or country.
To be admitted into the undergraduate certificate in aging studies program, the applicant must:
- Be admitted to Wichita State University in a degree program or in nondegree seeking status. All undergraduate policies relative to admissions apply. International students will not be issued an I-20 for certificate programs alone. International students may obtain this certificate only while concurrently pursuing an undergraduate degree.
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.750 (on a 4.000 scale).
It is possible for a student to complete the requirements for the certificate in one year. Entry to the program is offered fall, spring and summer semesters. The certificate requires 12 credit hours from the following courses:
|Required Courses (6 credit hours)|
|AGE 100||Introduction to Aging Studies||3|
|AGE 404||Psychology of Aging||3|
|Select a total of 6 credit hours from the following||6|
|Sociology of Aging|
|Biology of Aging|
|Introduction to Public Health and Aging|
|Diversity and Aging|
|Women and Aging|
|Age, Work and Retirement|
|Dying, Death and Bereavement|
|Introduction to Sexuality and Aging|
|Caregiving and Aging|
|Administrator-in-Training Long-Term Care Practicum|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Assessment Measure: Students must complete a reflection describing how the certificate prepared them for work within the aging professions and expanded their knowledge of aging studies.