Advanced Certificate in Aging Studies

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The advanced graduate certificate program in Aging Studies provides a foundation of interprofessional education. Students seeking a specialization in aging and for those currently working with older adults who want to enhance their knowledge and experience with additional academic credentials should consider this advanced graduate certificate.

Admission to the Program

The Advanced Certificate in Aging Studies is open to two types of students:

  1. Students who have already earned a bachelors or master's degree and are not currently enrolled at SUNY Brockport may apply to the program through The Center for Graduate Studies.
  2. Students who are already enrolled in a graduate degree program at SUNY Brockport should contact the Coordinator of the Aging Studies certificate.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College’s standards for graduate study.

In order to obtain the certificate, students must successfully complete (with a grade of “B” or better) the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours of graduate courses including at least six credits of core courses listed below plus 9 additional credits of approved electives. Students may complete additional core courses as part of their electives.

Core Courses (select 2):

  • SWO 576 Issues of Aging in America
  • PSH 536 Psychology of Aging
  • REL 506 Leisure and Aging
  • PRO 602 End of Life Issues

Elective Courses (select 3):

  • HCS 539 Grief and Loss for Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • PES 681 Development in the Aging Adult
  • PAD 655 Medicare and Medicaid
  • NUR 660 Nursing Care for the Older Adult
  • SWO 699 Independent Study in Aging

Students who pursue this certificate concurrently with a graduate degree program at SUNY Brockport should consult with their advisor to determine how credit earned for the certificate might be used toward their chosen degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Students will gain awareness of the biological, psychological, and sociological foundations of aging in the United States.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of public policy and its impact on health and aging.
  3. Students will develop an understanding of the existing service delivery system for older adults and will identify approaches to improving services.
  4. Students will identify ways to assist older adults, families, and organizations to achieve a successful response to aging.