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Earning a gerontology certificate at Bethel will help you take the lead in providing innovative services and resources across industries that will meet the needs of aging adults.

Face to Face

Face to Face Evening

You'll meet during the evening at one of our convenient locations.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Fall 2017

Total Credits


Approximate Program Length

30 weeks


  • Health and Aging (GRTG605)

    Examination of health as shalom, well-being, or wholeness. Normal physical, psychological, and spiritual changes of aging will be addressed. Identification of ways to promote healthy aging and common health concerns of the elderly.

    3 credits

  • Adult Development and Aging (GRTG610)

    In-depth understanding of the developmental processes related to aging from a psychosocial perspective. Learners explore age-change theories and human adaptations in terms of mental health, personality stability, sensory aging related to cognitive processes, learning, and social cognition. Discussion of relationship issues, gender roles, death and bereavement, occupational patterns, retirement, and leisure.

    3 credits

  • Aging and Diversity: Class, Gender, and Ethnicity (GRTG615)

    Exploration of the meaning of diversity, broadly defined to include differences in types of community, housing, ethnicity, physical status, and age, and examination of this range of diversity as it applies to the field and practice of gerontology.

    3 credits

  • Policy Issues in Aging (GRTG640)

    Major public policies and programs benefitting older persons. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Older Americans Act. Evolving federal, state, local, and individual roles. How laws play out in community. Differential impact of policy proposals on elderly populations, with reference to sex, race, class, and urban/rural differences. Strategies and tactics to influence development of public policy.

    3 credits

  • Social Gerontology (SOCS600)

    Study of the aging process. Focus is on how larger social and cultural contexts shape aging processes and how, in turn, these shape the societies and cultures in which they occur. Particular focus is on developing a holistic understanding of aging.

    3 credits

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