Center for Successful Aging

Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Gerontological Practice

Do you...

  • want a better understanding of the unique needs and strengths of older adults?
  • have a desire to increase your knowledge about funding opportunities and program development for older adults?
  • aspire to gain the credentials needed to develop yourself as a professional who works with older adults?
  • have an active life and find it difficult to take traditional, on-campus graduate courses?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Gerontological Practice at The University of Toledo may be for you!

The Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Gerontological Practice at The University of Toledo is designed to provide knowledge about contemporary issues in gerontology and geriatrics and prepare individuals for working with older adults and their families in the current health care system.

A certificate in gerontology is ideal for professionals in a variety of aging-related fields. Areas include senior-services organizations like centers on aging; senior centers; nursing homes; assisted, independent, and aging-in-place living facilities; non-profit organizations; faith-based groups; and extension educators. 

A unique feature of the Certificate Program is the delivery system. Recognizing that individuals continually balance personal and professional responsibilities, the courses will be accessible "24/7" through distance education methods.  The 5 course curriculum is focused on meeting the educational needs of health care professionals and students through effective and innovative educational methods.

Click here for a link to a copy of the Fast Facts for the online Certificate Program.


Course #

Course Title


Semester I - Fall

 GERO 5410

 Issues in Contemporary Gerontological Practice


 GERO 5400

 Health and Aging


Semester II - Spring

 GERO 5420

Grief and Bereavement in Older Adults


 GERO 5430

Funding and Resource Generation for Older Adult Programming


Semester III - Fall, Summer, Spring

 GERO 5440

Guided Independent Study in Gerontological Practice (Offered Fall, Spring and Summer)


Admission Requirements

Students are admitted for Fall or Spring semesters. The application deadline is November 1 for Spring admission and July 1 for Fall admission. (later with approval)  To be considered for admittance into the program, a candidate must:

- Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. Degrees in progress will be considered. Official transcripts are required;

- Submit 2 online letters of recommendation

- Submit a completed online application form and the accompanying application fee.  Only online applications through the College of Graduate Studies are accepted.

-Submit a Plan of Study Form

Students who are currently enrolled in a program at The University of Toledo may apply to the Graduate Certificate Program by submitting a Request to Add a Graduate Certificate Form .  You will also need to complete a Plan of Study Form. The student must be in good standing in his or her current degree program.  (The accompanying application fee is waived.)

The University of Toledo's Center for Successful Aging is committed to providing quality educational, clinical and research services to older adults and their families.

Want to learn more about the Graduate Certificate Program?  Contact:

Victoria Steiner, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrative Director
Center for Successful Aging  MS 1027
3000 Arlington Ave.
Toledo, Ohio 43614
419-383-5647 or

The student learning outcomes for this educational program include:

  1. Define the basic biological, psychological and sociological issues facing older adults in today’s society.
  2. Apply basic principles of geriatric care to his/her role as a health care professional.
  3. Interpret and apply the results of gerontology and geriatric research.
  4. Distinguish the losses and grief reactions relevant to middle and older adulthood
  5. Integrate adaptive and therapeutic approaches in helping older adults deal with loss.
  6. Apply the skills needed to create, implement and evaluate programs for older adults.
  7. Identify the funding sources available for older adult programming.
  8. Design a program grant proposal for older adults.
  9. Describe the issues related to emergency preparedness for the elderly.
  10. Integrate basic principles of culturally competent geriatric care into his/her role as a health care professional.
  11. Use basic principles of communicating with older adults in his/her role as a heath care provider.
  12. Identify the local and state resources available to increase the quality of life of older adults. 

The University of Toledo Health Science Campus

The University of Toledo Health Science Campus is an academic health science center located on 475 acres in a residential area of south Toledo. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. The Center for Successful Aging, established in 2000, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for older adults through collaborative education, research and service endeavors. The Center helps coordinate geriatric and gerontology activities that occur throughout the UT campus.

The University of Toledo has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities and people with disabilities. EEO-M/F/V/D
Rev 4/2002

Center for Successful Aging
University of Toledo
3000 Arlington Ave.  MS 1027
Toledo, Ohio 43614
Phone: 419-530-5208

Last Updated: 4/4/22