This certificate prepares you to elderly individuals in a variety of areas, including health, psychology, social services, and policy. Gerontology is a booming industry with many opportunities for growth. You will study topics such as societal views on aging, counseling for elderly folks, and coping with end of life.

At UC, You Can

Whether you've been working in the medical field for several years or are just starting out, a professional certificate in Gerontology will help you meet your goals. Perhaps you'd like to get a bachelors degree in the future, with a concentration in Gerontology, or maybe you already have your degree but want to shift your career path. This certificate opens up doors to work in nursing homes, social services, social work, health care, and more. 

How You'll Get There 

At UC, we support you on your individual path. Whether you are just starting out or picking up where you left off, we work with you to accomplish your goals. As you work with our faculty, each respected in their field, you'll build lasting connections that open doors to your success.

"I help students understand what they need to know to work with people in the field."

Nancy Kubic, MSW, LICSW, UC Adjunct Professor and psychotherapist at Psychological Wellness Center 
More:'Knowledge is power,' says UC Adjunct Nancy Kubic, MSW, LICSW

Enrollment in a degree program is not required for enrollment in the certificate program. However, students interested in pursuing a degree may apply the credits earned through this certificate program to selected baccalaureate degree programs.

Sample Courses

Group of seniors playing chess and talking.
Social Gerontology
Therapy session.
Counseling: Theory and Skills
Group of smiling seniors.
Multi-Cultural Perspectives on Aging

5 required courses  = 15 credits        

See Certificate Requirements

Flexible, Online Schedule 

These professional certificate courses are offered online for your convenience. Take them at the pace that works for you, working with your advisor to match your schedule with your goals. 

Individualized Support, More Affordable

At University College, you get the individualized attention of a private university at a more affordable cost. There are multiple options for financial aid, scholarships, and accelerated paths to get you to the degree you need. Some programs run by Roger Williams are awarded by simply applying for admission, while others are awarded to students through a more formal aid application process.

To ensure full consideration for all aid programs, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Tuition Costs & Fees: A valuable education you can afford
  • Financing Your Education: Filling out the FAFSA
  • Do You Live in Central Falls, Cranston or Pawtucket? Ask about RWU's lower-cost tuition agreements for residents of these communities.
  • Military: We can help you navigate the application process for tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits, and other tuition benefits, which include waived application fee and discounted tuition rates for service members and spouses, as well as financial aid.
  • Employers & Municipalities: Many employers, including municipalities, will reimburse tuition costs. Ask your HR team for details about your benefits.
  • Unemployed or Underemployed? You may be eligible for state assistance and support to obtain a microcredential in a UC certificate program, funded by the R.I. Dept. of Labor and Training. Ask  your DLT case manager.

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Questions? Meet Josselyn

Everyone has questions.

Our Pathway Specialist, Josselyn Velasquez-Florian, is here to help. Call her at (401) 254-4807 or email