The online Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at Appalachian

Appalachian State University’s Graduate Certificate in Gerontology program teaches students about adult development and aging and helps them develop the skills to help older adults stay healthy, active and involved in the community.

This program can prepare you to enhance the rapidly growing older adult population's quality of life by helping them access the programs, services, health care and housing options they need

This flexible, online Distance Education program is ideal for individuals who already have some health care experience or experience with the aging population or who are looking to make a career change into a secure field.

Appalachian's Gerontology program is approved by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation to offer the assisted living Administrator-in-Training program.

Bring our compassion. Distance Education at Appalachian will take care of the rest.

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Certificate details

Program format

  • Courses are delivered entirely online and asynchronously
  • No on-campus requirements
  • Two classes per semester
  • Completion time: Two semesters

NOTE: This program offers but does not require an internship as one of its four courses. The professional development internship is designed in consultation with the certificate's academic program director. For students interested in long-term care, a state-approved Assisted Living Facility Administrator-in-Training (ALF-AIT) program leading to licensure as an ALF administrator is available.

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 3.0 GPA

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Resume
  • Writing sample describing the applicant’s relevant academic, work or volunteer experience, and the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program

Note: Test scores are not required for this program.


Semester Start Application Deadline


Nov. 1


July 1

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