Professional Certificate

Professional Advancement Certificate in Gerontology 
The Professional Advancement Certificate in Gerontology is designed specifically for those who:

  • Work with older adults
  • Desire to change careers to work with older adults
  • Are involved personally with the care of an older adult
  • Have an interest in current and upcoming aging issues

This program provides an opportunity to gain new knowledge related to specific career, professional, and personal responsibilities and interests. The program is designed to enhance the understanding of aging-related issues by providing the most recent information and research findings in the field of gerontology.

The course features a faculty of academic researchers, experienced practitioners, and professionals involved in fields related to aging. The presenters include members of the University of Colorado faculty, professionals, and experts from the areas of health, law, and government, representing the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. The program is facilitated by Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D.

Topics Covered
The topics covered over the two semester sequence include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
·          A cross-cultural look at aging
·          Physiological, biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of aging
·          Government's role and policy issues
·          Trends and changes in long-term care
·          Legal issues and the elderly
·          Medical and end-life ethical issues
·          Community based resources
·          International and national demographics
·          Intergenerational programs
·          Alzheimer's disease and care
·          Medicare and Medicaid programs
·          Social Security perspectives
·          Coping with losses due to aging
·          Health and medical issues
·          Aging in the 21st century
·          Spirituality and wellness

How to earn the Certificate
The full course extends over two semesters taken in sequence. New enrollees are accepted each semester.  Successful completion of the program requires:

  • Class attendance
  • Participation and completion of weekly topics/speaker evaluation
  • A maximum of six class absences are allowed during the two semesters.
  • No tests or papers are required.
  • Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis.

Registration Fees/Tuition
Cost is $485 per semester . A minimum payment of $250 per semester is due at the time of registration, with the remaining balance due by the end October 31st (Fall) or March 1st (Spring). Please note that if paying by credit card, full tuition is due at the time of registration.

Tuition is used exclusively to cover costs of instruction, administration, and to support the operation of the Gerontology Center at UCCS.
Note: Registration fees have been approved by some employers for employee tuition benefits.

Course Dates

Schedule Fall Semester Spring Semester
Tuesday Evenings* 5:15 - 7:15 pm 5:15 - 7:15 pm
Semester Start Tuesday After Labor Day in September Second Tuesday of January
Semester End Third Tuesday of December First Tuesday of May

*Classes can also be attended remotely via webinar.

How to register

  • Email the Gerontology Center to request a registration form or download here.
  • Please make checks payable to UCCS and send to:
    Gerontology Center
    4863 North Nevada Ave. Ste. 350
    Colorado Springs, CO 80918
  • For credit card payments please contact the Gerontology Center at 719-255-8005.                                                                                                                                    

Please note if paying by credit card full semester tuition is due at the time of registration.

Drops and Refunds
Students may drop the course (written notice required) any time BEFORE the course begins without penalty. A full refund will be provided if the course is canceled. No refunds will be granted once the SECOND CLASS SESSION has occurred.

For further information contact:
Gerontology Center
4863 North Nevada Ave. Ste. 350
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Phone: 719-255-8005