This certificate program will expand your knowledge and skills of working with older adults. Our program is also designed to enhance your skills if you are presently employed in the gerontology field.

This program can be completed in a year by taking required courses full time during the fall and spring semester, and may be taken separately or as part of the AAS in Human Services.

You will  find this certificate program helpful toward acquiring the skills necessary to work with older adults and for immediate employment.

Study Online!

Did you know that a majority of the Gerontology program can be completed online?

  • Gerontology CERT (50% or more can be completed online)

Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!

Why GCC?

This certificate combines introductory human services coursework with specific gerontology courses. Gerontology courses cover issues related to growing older, needs of the aging, and the resources available to this age group.

You will develop skills in building relationships, problem solving and planning, and implementing recreational activities to encourage and promote good health. As a gerontology student, you will participate in a hands-on field experience to sharpen the skills you learn in the classroom.

Upon successfully completing the Certificate program, you may transfer credits into the Human Services degree program or may complete the certificate concurrent with enrollment in the HUS Program.

Career Opportunities

After getting your GCC degree, some occupations you may consider are:

Transfer Opportunities

GCC has many transfer agreements with 4-year institutions like:

  • Bryant & Stratton
  • College of Saint Rose
  • Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Daemen College
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Empire State College/SUNY
  • Excelsior College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hilbert College
  • Houghton College
  • Keuka College
  • Medaille College
  • RIT
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • University of Phoenix
  • Utica College
  • Wells College

Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.