Geropsychology Certificate

Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What Is a Graduate Geropsychology Certificate?

Throughout a person’s lifetime, cognitive, behavioral and developmental changes occur. Older adults experience unique challenges, and geropsychology specialists can help these patients overcome these challenges. You can prepare to pursue a meaningful career supporting aging adults by earning a geropsychology certificate. The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Geropsychology, available from Grand Canyon University, is appropriate for students who possess a bachelor’s degree in psychology, nursing or a related field, as well as individuals interested in continued academic exposure in the psychology field.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the graduate gerontology certificate to students who feel called to serve elderly populations. Blend theories with evidence-based research as you study how the aging process is associated with mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety. Learn the techniques and best practices for helping older adults achieve their optimum potential. Develop a keen understanding of how best to serve those who have already spent a lifetime in service to others.

Learn Psychology and Physiological Aspects of Aging

Aging is a highly complex process that is influenced by a person’s physical, mental, spiritual and behavioral health, as well as that person’s cultural background and social support systems. As a student at GCU, you will be encouraged to exercise critical thinking and reasoning skills to develop a solid understanding of the relationship between body and mind.

The graduate gerontology counseling certificate program is available through evening courses on our welcoming, vibrant campus, or via online classes. You can study geropsychology from anywhere at any time, while continuing to meet your current professional obligations. Online classes are eight weeks in length.

In courses such as Sociology of Aging and Death and Dying, you gain the following core competencies:

  • Study the social policies and systems that influence the aging population.
  • Examine theories, research and case studies on the sociocultural aspects of death and dying.
  • Explore the aging process in light of biological processes.
  • Learn to promote positive aging and well-being through the lens of the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of aging.

Opportunities to Help Aging Populations with a Graduate Gerontology Counseling Certificate with Geropsychology Studies

The population of the U.S. is rapidly growing older, making this an ideal time for students who are exploring careers focused on assisting the elderly. The U.S. Census Bureau states that, by 2030, one in five residents will be of retirement age. By that time, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. It’s also expected that, during the 2030s, older adults will outnumber children for the first time in the nation’s history.

As the population ages, there will be a greater demand for services intended specifically to support older adults. The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Geropsychology may enable students to prepare for related careers in government agencies, offices, hospitals or other clinical settings. Some of the specific job duties of a geropsychology specialist may include the following:

  • Assess alterations in the patient’s mental state.
  • Educate family members and family caregivers.
  • Counsel families regarding optimal living arrangements and everyday activities.
  • Provide end-of-life counseling.
  • Empower patients to cope with life challenges, such as diagnoses, changing family roles, the deaths of loved ones and their own anticipated death.

This geropsychology certificate course does not lead to clinical licensure. Some job opportunities may require advanced education or clinical licensure.

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Total Credits: 16
Online: 8 weeks
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The University will accept one course of the total certificate requirements in transfer.
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Course List

16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is a critical examination of social policies and systems which affect aging and retirement. The impact of multiple social contexts such as family, employment, work, and religion are examined.

Course Description

This course introduces the concept of death in society. Students examine research, theories, and case studies on the sociocultural dimensions of death and dying with a focus on end of life issues and grief management.

Course Description

This course examines the biological principles and research that explain the causes of aging. An investigation into the human experience of biological aging, longevity, and age-related disease is made in order promote and modulate successful aging.

Course Description

This course examines the psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of aging. There is a focus on promoting positive aging and increasing well-being. Prerequisite: PSY-630.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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