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Online Gerontology. Certificate Program. A collaboration among the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Reno, and Nevada State College. Why Study Aging?. 35 million Americans are 65 or older 1 in 8 or 12.4% of the population Projected increase: 40 million in 2010

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Online gerontology

OnlineGerontology

Certificate Program

A collaboration among the

University of Nevada, Las Vegas,

University of Nevada, Reno, and

Nevada State College


Why study aging
Why Study Aging?

  • 35 million Americans are 65 or older

    • 1 in 8 or 12.4% of the population

  • Projected increase:

    • 40 million in 2010

    • 55 million in 2020

    • 71.5 million in 2030 (double from 2000)

  • Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.5 years (19.8 years for females and 16.8 years for males)

    Profile of Older Americans, 2005


How do we reach
How do we reach…

  • Practicing professionals?

  • Individuals in rural areas?

  • Non-traditional students?

  • Parents?

  • Working individuals?



Collaboration is key
Collaboration is Key!

University of Nevada, Reno

Betty Dodson

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ann McDonough

Nevada State College

Jean Benzel-Lindley


Why online
Why Online?

  • Diversity of students and opinions

  • Connected to each member in class

  • Convenient for your schedule

  • Saves time

  • No parking issues!

  • Flexible


Online certificate program
Online Certificate Program

Core Courses (18 credits)

Introduction to Gerontology (3 credits):

GERO/SW 361 Healthcare, Diversity, and Aging (UNR Summer)

SWK 104 Perspectives on Aging (UNLV Summer)

Social Aspects of Aging (3 credits):

HDFS 400/600 Family Gerontology (UNR Spring)

Psychological Aspects of Aging (3 credits):

PSY 442/642 Psychology of Aging (UNLV & NSC Fall)

Biology/Physiology/Health Aspects of Aging (3 credits):

NURS 430/630 Aging and Health (NSC Spring)

NURS 493/693 Biology of Aging (NSC Fall)

Integrating Course (3 credits):

UNR Program Only—Course to be Determined

Field Experience/Project (3 credits):

GERO 499 Gerontology Field Experience (UNR Fall, Spring, Summer)


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Online Certificate Program

Electives (6 credits)

HDFS 437/637 Death & Dying: Family & Lifespan Perspectives (UNR Fall, Alternating Years)

HE 445/645 Human Values & Professional Ethics (UNR Spring)

HHP 213 Healthy Aging (CCSN)

RLS 400 Leisure and Aging (UNLV Summer)

SWK 676 Legal and Ethical Issues (UNLV Fall, Summer)

THTR 322/THA793 Oral History Theatre (UNLV Fall)


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Online Certificate Program

Field Experience

  • 120 hours over semester

  • Weekly journal entries

  • Flexible options include:

    • Incorporating current employment

    • Experimenting with a new field


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Online Certificate Program

Final Project Options

  • UNR Celebration of Aging

    • Poster presentation on field experience project

  • Online Presentation

    • Submit PowerPoint presentation online to be reviewed by a faculty committee


For more information
For more information…

Nevada State College

Jean Benzel-Lindley

702-992-2035

[email protected]

University of Nevada, Reno

Lisa Almada

Academic Advisor

Gerontology Academic Program

Program in Health Care Ethics

775-784-1252

[email protected]

[email protected]

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Lori Slinn

702-895-5871

[email protected]

Jacqueline Ragin

702-895-1079

[email protected]


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