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Certificate in Aging

As the aging population increases, so too does the need for well-trained health professionalsservice providers, planners and policy workers who understand the unique issues of the aging. That’s why we’ve created programs specifically to meet the need for more health care professionals in this field.

In our fully online Aging program, you’ll gain a strong foundation in evidence-based research, complete specialized courses in aging and health, and take electives geared to your area of interest such as nutrition, mental health or leadership.

Graduates in this rewarding field can make an impact working directly with older adults, influencing elder health care policy and challenging stereotypes related to the aging population.

  • Graduate certificate (15 credits)
  • Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, Aging track (33 Credits)

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Aging is shorter than the master’s program and is designed for working health care professionals who want to develop or expand their skill set to work with the aging population.

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at   973-972-5454 or the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Aging Track at 856-566-2765

The program is unique in offering:

  • The convenience of entirely online course offerings
  • The option of earning either a Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate, which is shorter and designed for working professionals who want to develop or expand their skillset to work with the aging.
  • A rich academic environment with a vast array of aging-related resources
  • The ability to apply credits earned for the Graduate Certificate to the Master’s Degree or any other program at our school
  • A highly structured, capstone graduate project for Master’s Degree program
  • Enrollment in a university ranked #1 of 582 schools nationwide in health professions education by College Factual

Hear Program Director Tracy Davis talk about  the urgent need to educate health professionals to provide appropriate care for the growing aging population in podcast.

Learning Outcomes are aligned with the School of Health Professions Outcomes and include outcomes related to major competencies for aging.  While in the program, learners will demonstrate:

  • an understanding of human aging as a combination of psychological, social, and biological processes;
  • critical thinking skills when analyzing diverse and complex aging issues and outcomes for elders, families, and society from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • an understanding of major concepts, theories, and approaches to research in the study of the aging process, including the understanding of an interdisciplinary approach and the use of multi-methods in the study of the aging process;
  • an understanding of how the aging population can inform analysis of social policy and is applied in the public and private sector;
  • an ability to communicate effectively with older adults and professionals in the field of aging;
  • the skills needed to promote older persons’ strength and adaptations to maximize well-being, health and mental health;
  • an ability to utilize the principles of evidence-based practice when providing service to older adult;
  • and an understanding of major concepts, theories, and approaches to research in the study of the aging process, including the understanding of an interdisciplinary approach and the use of multi-methods in the study of the aging process.

The population of Americans 65 and older is projected to double by mid-century, rising from 42 million today to 89 million in 2050. The aging population requires specialized health care by an interprofessional team trained to focused on the physical and mental well-being of older Americans. Our program prepares graduates to fill a critical demand for highly qualified health professionals, service providers, planners, educators, and policy workers who understand the issues of aging and the aging population.

Rutgers is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence and improvement in higher education.

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at   973-972-5454 or the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Aging Track at 856-566-2765

To apply to the Master’s or Graduate Certificate Program in Aging, you must meet the following requirements and provide the following documents:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Health Professional with current licensure/registration, if applicable
  • Two recommendations using the Recommender Form (not required for certificate candidates)
  • Essay (not required for certificate candidates)
  • Statement of career interest and why the Aging program meets career goals
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • Resume/CV
  • Completed application for degree or certificate

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at   973-972-5454 or the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Aging Track at 856-566-2765

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Aging is shorter than the master’s program and is designed for working health care professionals who want to develop or expand their skill set to work with the aging population. The coursework can be done at times that are best for the professional, and there is no graduate project.  

Required Aging Core (9 Credits)
IDST 5300 Approaches to the Older Adult 3
IDST 5310 Managing Disease in Older Adults 3
IDST 5320 Social and Health Care Policy for the Older Adult 3
Electives {Total of 6 Credits-One from Each Category}
Aging Electives {Select One Course-Total of 3 Credits}
PSRT 4040 Aging and Psychiatric Rehabilitation 3
NUTR 6420 Nutrition and Aging 3
IDST 4230 Health Promotion and Aging 3
Health Care Related Electives {Select One Course-Total of 3 Credits}
PSRT 4102 Communication Techniques in the Health Profession 3
ICAM 5110 Health Behavior Change 3
IDST 4310 Patient Advocacy and Health Care 3
IDST 5200 Transcultural Issues and Health Care 3
IDST 5600 Management and Leadership in Health Care 3
IDST 5650 Quality Management in Health Care 3
IDST 5700 Legal Aspects in Health Care Administration 3
PSRT 4015 Wellness and Recovery 3
NUTR 6505 Ethical Issues in Health Care Practice 3
ICAM 5000 Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3
PRST 5302 Non-Profit Management 3
BPHE 5510 Overview of Disease Processes and Treatment 3
Total Credits 15

Health Sciences –  Aging Master’s Degree Curriculum

The online M.S. in Aging is a 33-credit program designed to provide a strong aging foundation to meet the need for well-trained health professionals who understand the issues of the aging population. The core classes provide a foundation in evidence-based research.  The 15-credit certificate program is for working healthcare professionals who want to develop or expand their skill set to work with the aging population.

The program is for those with established health care careers who desire to become teachers in aging education programs, continuing education programs, or provide staff development and in-service training.

The program prepares graduates to assume rewarding and high-demand careers within the health care industry with a focus on caring for the aging population.  Graduates may work in government agencies, hospitals, community agencies, residential facilities, or private agencies.

Yes. If a Certificate graduate enters the master’s program within five years of completing the Certificate and earns a “B” or better in all Certificate courses, the credits may be applied to the master’s degree.  These credits are evaluated on an individual basis.  There is no guarantee that Certificate graduates will be accepted in the master’s program.  The Certificate graduate must apply to the master’s program. Acceptance into the master’s program is on a competitive basis.

Applicants do not need to take any standardized test such as the GRE and an interview is not required.   However, applicants must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree, generally with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be a health professional with current licensure/registration, if applicable to the field.

You may apply online here   for the Master’s program and here for the certificate program. Along with the application, the following should be submitted:

  • Copy of a current health profession’s license/registration, if applicable
  • Two recommendations using the Recommender Form
  • Essay
  •  Statement of career interest and why the Aging program meets career goals
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • Resume/CV

Subject to approval, up to 12 credits may be taken on a non-matriculated basis.  However, non-matriculants must follow the course sequence as delineated in the curriculum sequence.  The non-matriculated application and courses can be found here.

The best source for financial aid information is at the Rutgers Student Financial Aid Office.  They can be contacted 973-972-4376 or by clicking here.

There are limited scholarships available for SHP students.

Questions?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at   973-972-5454 or the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Aging Track at 856-566-2765

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Master of Science in Aging Program Director Tracy Davis head shot.

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track coordinator