Please review the academic department program information. The Graduate Bulletin/Catalog degree program information includes descriptions of the program courses. Look for the 110A major code information. Applicants are encouraged to review the information on both of these web sites.
Career Enhancement and Gainful Employment Regulation Compliance Information:
Graduates of this Graduate Certificate program have found jobs in both the public and private sectors ranging from direct work with older persons to managerial/administrative positions. Appalachian's Gerontology programs are approved by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation to offer the assisted living Administrator-in-Training program.
Click here for Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this program.
Program Delivery Information:
This 15-semester-hour distance education Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program (110A) is completely online and accepts applicants in Spring and Fall semesters. The foundation course is offered in Fall; therefore a Fall start is recommended. Cohorts begin, if there is sufficient interest, in one semester, and cohort members take their classes at the same pace (one or two classes per term) until completion. Please note: Participation in this graduate certificate program requires appropriate access to the internet as the coursework is delivered via AsULearn, ASU's online learning management system.
- SOC 5400 Sociology of Adult Development and Aging
- SOC 5420 Health Care and Aging
- SOC 5530 Housing for Older Adults [effective Spr. '14: SOC 5550]
- SOC 5630 Programs and Services for Older Adults
- SOC 5900 Internship
The internship, typically completed in summer, is designed for individual student professional development in consultation with the certificate's Academic Program Director. For students interested in long-term care, the internship can include the Assisted Living Facility Administrator-in-Training (ALF-AIT) program leading to licensure as an ALF Administrator.
Locations, start dates and application deadlines are provided in the table below.
|County||Location||Semester Start||Application Deadline||Information Session (or webinar)|
|Online||Online||Fall||July 1||None planned at this time|
|Online||Online||Spring||November 1||None planned at this time|
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 2.75 GPA.
- Completed online application to graduate school
- Application Fee
- Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (except ASU)
- Resume (uploaded as part of the online application)
- Statement of Intent (for more information go to this graduate bulletin page).
Note: References and test scores are NOT required for this graduate certificate program
Click here to access Graduate School application information, requirements, and the online application for admission.
Applications must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by the Graduate School) and ready for review by the applicable deadline (see Proposed Cohorts table above). If it appears to be too late to apply, please contact the program manager to discuss options.
State regulations may require all institutions of higher education (including Appalachian State) that deliver online instruction to students located within their borders to have written authorization to do so. If you reside outside of North Carolina and intend to apply to one of Appalachian’s ONLINE distance education programs, please notify the program manager.
For information or questions related to the application process, please contact:
Dr. Ed Rosenberg
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084, x 6146
Direct Phone: 828-262-6146
Ms. Peri David
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084, x 6518
Direct Phone: 828-262-6518
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ASU Box 32054
2nd Floor, University Hall
400 University Hall Drive
Boone, NC 28608