The purpose of the Gerontology Certificate program is to provide an in-depth understanding of the business of Long Term Care (LTC) and to build awareness of the nature of LTC patients, residents, and clients depending upon the organization.

Certificate Program Benefits:

  • FAU undergraduate students in Health Administration, Nursing, Social Work, Sociology or any other major where there is a potential interest in working in the LTC industry;
  • Those already working in LTC and are interested in an academic framework to help organize their practical experiences;
  • Those new to the LTC industry or interested in moving into the industry, or those interested to enhance their knowledge in order to be a more attractive job candidate;
  • Those who are interested in obtaining a better understanding of aging and the commercial accommodations of aging.

Important Facts to Consider:

  • A degree is not necessary to enter the program
  • Being an FAU student is not necessary. Participants simply register as non-degree seeking students.
  • When the program is completed, a certificate is issued to the participant

Program Details

How to Enroll:

  1. Complete the free application form and return to Professor Irwin Lamm,
  2. If you are not already an FAU student, in order to be able to register for courses you need to apply as a “non-degree seeking student.” There are no transcripts or test scores necessary for this. The fee is $30.
  3. If you are already an FAU student you will simply register for the certificate courses as you resister for any other courses. In many cases, they can serve as electives in your major. Check with your advisor.


As noted above, the Certificate Program application is free and the FAU non-degree seeking student application is $30. Students pay normal tuition for each class taken. As of January 2011, the fee for a three hour undergraduate course is $479.43. This is the Florida resident price, out of state resident fees are much higher. Please note that online courses have additional fees for on-line access and support.

Program Format

The program is 15 credit hours in length, comprised of two core courses, and three elective courses.

Core Courses

Long Term Care Administration HSA 4222
Foundations of Gerontology NSP 4285


Three electives are required, one from each of the following groups:

Group A – Nursing:

Dynamics of Aging NUR 4284
Aesthetics of Aging NUR 4287
Health Literacy for Older Adults NUR 4930

Group B – Social Sciences:

Sociology of Aging and Dying SYP 3740
Social Work with Aging Populations SOW 4643

Group C – Health Care Administration:

Management of Long-Term Care Facilities HSA 4223
Health Delivery System

HSA 3111

Once completed, submit the Certificate Application form to receive the certificate.

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