Gerontology Certificate - ICP

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Certificate

The gerontology certification program is an interdepartmental program designed to help prepare students for careers involving older individuals. USU is one of only two universities in the state that offers this certificate.

This certificate complements a variety of majors, including sociology, psychology, social work, and any health-related majors. Students take required courses in family, consumer, and human development, and choose electives for the remainder of their classes from areas including sociology, social work, nutrition, and more.

Aging services is a growing field, and learning about the concerns and needs of older adults in this program can make students more marketable when they graduate.

What You Will Learn

In addition to required and elective coursework, students participate in a gerontology practicum, in which they gain experience in the field for course credit. They also participate in the Student Gerontology Association, which provides service to the community and gives them exposure to professional opportunities in the field.


ICP: Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cedar City, Delta, Ephraim, Heber City, Junction, Kanab, Kaysville, Logan (Main Campus), Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Online, Orem, Panguitch, Park City, Price (USU Eastern), Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, St George, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover

  • Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state.
  • International students studying at USU on the F-1 or J-1 visa must have the majority of their classes each semester be face-to-face in order to meet the physical presence requirement to maintain their visa status. Students on the F-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan or USU Eastern campuses. Students on the J-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan campus.
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Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

This certificate can complement a student’s major to prepare them to work with older adults in a variety of settings, including:

  • Senior citizen centers
  • Residential care centers
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Counseling facilities
  • Health education programs
  • Advocacy/intervention programs
  • Agency on Aging offices
  • Federal organizations that provide services
  • Nonprofit service organizations for the elderly

The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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Yin Liu

Assistant Professor, Gerontology Certificate Coordinator
Office: FL 215
Phone: (435) 797-4149


Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the gerontology certificate program, students must complete the following application process:

  • Complete the gerontology certificate application specifying your intended course of study
  • Provide a current unofficial student transcript
  • Complete a one- to two-page essay as outlined on the last page of the application form

Program Requirements

Students are required to participate in the USU Student Gerontology Association for a minimum of two semesters.

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