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Certificate in Aging Studies

The Certificate in Aging Studies builds on the three basic courses covered in the Letter of Recognition to expand students' understanding of aging and older adults and better prepare students for working with that population. Two options are offered based on the focus of a student's interests. Both require a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork for graduation. If desired, upon completion of the certificate, the student can move on to the A.S. in Aging Studies degree program. 

Total Credit Hours: Minimum of 24 credit hours 


  • Maintain a grade of C or better in all human services and fieldwork courses.
  • Eligibility for ENG 111, ENG 115 or ENG 121.
  • Satisfactorily complete appropriate fieldwork.
  • Complete a criminal background check.

Certificate Requirements:

BIO 152 -  Biology of Aging
BIO 135 -  Principles of Nutrition
BIO 136 - Principles of Nutrition and Laboratory
BPA 142 - Principles of Management
BPA 211 - Principles of Accounting 1
HUS 101 - Human Service and Addiction Counseling Ethics in Practice
HUS 114 - Beginning Counseling and Assessment Techniques                  
HUS 115 - Fieldwork: Beginning Counseling and Assessment Techniques  
PSY 151 - Psychology of Aging
SOC 150 - Introduction to Aging Studies 
Elective (arts and humanities or social and behavioral sciences)

Gainful Employment Information 

Elizabeth Appel, MSW, LCSW-C
Chair, Health and Human Services Department

Nicole Williams, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Human Services Program