Gerontology courses at URI are offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels in several academic disciplines, including Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Adult Education, Sociology, and Political Science. We also offer Continuing Education workshops for currently practicing health care and human service professionals.
It is important to take courses that fulfill degree requirements from the beginning. Students who wish to specialize in aging are advised to contact the Program in Gerontology early in their university studies to ensure maximum flexibility and opportunities.
Students wanting intensive coursework in aging can major in Human Development and Family Studies, creating a customized “track” in gerontology in consultation with their advisor.
Students in any major can complete 18 credits in approved gerontology courses and qualify for the minor in gerontology.
- Students enrolled in the Master’s programs in Nursing, Human Development and Family Studies, and Adult Education can qualify for the Graduate Certificate, awarded by the Program in Gerontology. This requires 9 credits of coursework in Gerontology and 6 credits of research as part of the Master’s program of study. In addition, the College of Nursing offers a Master of Science degree with a gerontological nursing area of emphasis, the Adult-Gerontological NP/CNS.
- The Graduate Certificate in Geriatrics and Gerontology provides an important, academic step beyond continuing education for professionals who already possess a bachelor’s or advanced degree and can lead to further graduate training in a health or human service discipline at URI. Learn more »
Health care and human service professionals interested in continuing education may enroll in workshops and other programs offered by the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center.