How to Become a Gerontologist in Kansas - KS
By Joanna Pelletier, allied health world contributing writer
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If you want to learn how to become a gerontologist in Kansas, you should start your journey by obtaining a Master's or Doctoral degree in Gerontology (or your field of interest with an emphasis in gerontology). You should also seek additional training by volunteering or working at a geriatric care center.
Since gerontology is a field that blankets a variety of careers (e.g., athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, psychology, and sociology), there is no such thing as a state certification in gerontology. There are, however, career-specific certifications, which you must obtain before you begin working with the elderly or any member of the public.
If you plan to become a physical therapist who works with the elderly, you should obtain a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and focus your degree on gerontological theories and concepts. Once you have obtained your degree, you must seek additional training by working as an intern or physical therapy assistant in a nursing home or geriatric care center for one year.
Once you have satisfied all your education and training requirements, you must take a certification exam administered by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (examination requirements may vary based on your profession). If you pass, your physical therapy license will be valid for two years.
To renew your license, you must gain a specified set of continuing education units by participating in graduate classes, seminars, symposiums, and other activities that will further your knowledge of your field.