Mission/vision statement for the unit: 

As the primary provider of gerontological education and research in the state of Nebraska, the mission of the Gerontology department is to advance the study of aging by educating future, post-secondary instructors, researchers and practitioners in a manner that will prepare them to address the challenges and opportunities of an aging population in areas such as program planning, evaluation and effective service delivery.

Program Contact Information:

Department of Gerontology


(402) 554-2272


Program Website:

Department Website:

Certificate in Gerontology:

Minor in Gerontology:

General Information

    Admission Requirements

    Students who wish to earn a Certificate of Gerontology must go through a formal admissions procedure; admissions materials are available at the Department of Gerontology office, located in CPACS 211.  Students wanting to pursue the Minor in Gerontology will work with their Major advisor to add the minor to their program of study. 

    Maximum/Minimum Credits

    18 credit hours are required for the certificate and the minor.  For the certificate, an additional 3 credit hour practicum course is required.

    Transfer Credit Policy – To be reviewed by department advisor.

    Quality of Work – Students must maintain a “C” average or better.

    Completion of Incomplete Grade - By the following semester.

    Repeating Courses - Allowed.

    Academic Advising - See department advisor.

    Application for Degree - Must apply online through Registrar’s office.

Other information relevant to the college

    Administration of the Program:

    The UNO Department of Gerontology administers the Certificate in Gerontology program for all campuses of the University of Nebraska under an agreement approved by the Board of Regents in 1977. Students at UNL, UNO, UNK, and UNMC are thus able to earn the certificate as part of their academic work at the University of Nebraska.

    In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses, the department of gerontology conducts research, community service and technical assistance, and provides non-credit educational programs for older people.



Certificate in Gerontology


    Students may earn a Certificate in Gerontology by completing 15 hours of specified course work including a core of strongly recommended courses: Introduction to Gerontology (GERO 2000), Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (GERO 4460), and Programs and Services for the Elderly (GERO 4670), plus a one-semester field placement.


    The Certificate program may be used as a minor or a concentration within several degrees earned through other university departments. Students who wish to work toward the Certificate must apply directly to the Department of Gerontology. Students may also consider a concentration of 30 hours in gerontology by pursuing a Bachelor of General Studies Degree.


    Courses that meet the gerontology requirement are taught by gerontology faculty as well as related faculty in other departments. Students should consult the gerontology advisor for the appropriate selection of courses.


    Undergraduates who begin work toward the certificate late in their academic program may find it difficult to schedule the necessary course work and practicum hours prior to graduation (this is especially true for BSN candidates in the College of Nursing). It is acceptable, and in many cases desirable, to complete the classroom portion of work toward the certificate while an undergraduate, receive the bachelor’s degree from one’s major department, and then complete work on the practicum during the semester after graduation as an unclassified postgraduate. Gerontology advisors maintain a degree of flexibility in order to work with students who have special needs.

Minor in Gerontology:


A Minor in Gerontology consists of 18 credit hours. Nine hours of core courses are required which include: Introduction to Gerontology (GERO 2000), Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (GERO 4460), and Programs and Services for the Elderly (GERO 4670) with the remaining 9 to be selected by the student with advice and support of the academic advisor for the department.