The Department of Gerontology, in cooperation with other programs at the university, provides students interested in working with elders or in gerontological settings with the opportunity to complete the Certificate in Aging Studies while also completing requirements for other degree programs. Students must apply separately to the participating programs and must meet all admission and degree requirements for both programs. In some cases, and with the approval of the advisers of both programs, course work in one program may be approved to satisfy a course requirement in another program.

In cooperation with the School of Pharmacy, the department provides an opportunity for students in the Doctor of Pharmacy program to complete the certificate. The 21-credit-hour program is designed to integrate the required independent study project in gerontology into the Pharm.D. curriculum’s clerkship assignment.

Curriculum requirements

GRTY 601Biological and Physiological Aging3
GRTY/PSYC 602Psychology of Aging3
GRTY 603Social Gerontology3
GRTY 692Independent Studies2
GRTY elective(s)3
PHAR 529Clinical Therapeutics Module: Introduction to Special Populations2
PHAR 533Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience: Patient Care0.5
PHAR 565Evidence-based Pharmacy II: Research Methods and Statistics2.5
PHAR 566Evidence-based Pharmacy III: Drug Literature Evaluation2
Total Hours21

The minimum total of graduate credit required for the certificate is 21; seven credits of the Pharm.D. program count toward the Certificate of Aging Studies. The Pharm.D. requires a minimum total of 155 credits. 

Contact the respective departments for additional curriculum information.

Jennifer Pryor
Department of Gerontology
(804) 828-1565

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