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How to Become a Gerontologist in Ohio - OH

If you want a career working with older adults, you can get a degree in gerontology or pursue a certificate program. The gerontology certification in Ohio is obtained as an adjunct to a number of complementary degrees in multiple disciplines such as nursing, counseling, and recreation. The certification program requires 23 credit hours in specific topics related to aging. This also includes a practicum, approved by your school, giving you supervised training and experience as part of your education.


To receive your certificate you must first decide which course of study you plan to focus on. To get your degree in counseling or recreation, for instance, you need to meet the requirements of that specific degree in conjunction with the 23 hours of study for your gerontology certificate. If you need help deciding what to do, one excellent source is the Northwest Ohio Gerontological Association (NOGA). NOGA is designed to offer networking and educational support to anyone interested in working to serve the medical needs of older adults.

Here are some specific courses to expect for the certificate program:

  • Thinking About Death
  • Gerontological Counseling
  • Family Ties and Aging
  • Death and Dying
  • Self, Aging, and Society
  • Psychological Aspects of Aging
  • Aging in American Society
  • Public Health and Aging
  • Administration of Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Long-Term Care Policy and Regulations

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