Graduates of the gerontology certificate program have the knowledge and skills needed to provide seamless quality service to the aging population and their families. Gerontology career pathways include a wide variety of service and leadership opportunities related to diversity; coping strategies related to death, dying and bereavement; economics; housing options; health and wellness; programs and services for the elderly; public policy and advocacy; and consumer service.


NTC realizes there is an untapped market in entry-level caretakers for healthy aging and home care. It will not only improve the pride that entry-level employees have in the work they do, but will carry over into job loyalty and professionalism. With a workforce that can assist in healthy aging and close the healthcare gap that currently exists, we can increase quality of care and employee retention in a field that traditionally sees high burnout and high turnover rates.

Next Steps

The Gerontology & Aging Care Certificate prepares graduates as health care paraprofessionals or offers a pathway to advance an academic career in other health- and social services-related fields such as social work, nursing, medical assistant, activities director and more.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
GERO 1100Intro to Gerontology3.00
GERO 1200Biology of Aging3.00
GERO 1230Healthy Aging3.00
GERO 1250Dementia and Alzheimers3.00
GERO 1300Death and Dying3.00
GERO 1305Psychosocial Aspects of Aging3.00
Total Credits18