How to Become a Gerontologist in Vermont - VT
Certification in gerontology in Vermont can be achieved in one of three ways. The most direct and broad based is a bachelor’s of science degree in gerontology (or human services). As a student, you may want to narrow your focus, however. For instance, you always wanted a career in nursing but would like to work specifically with older adults. In this instance you would probably want to choose either a minor in gerontology or a certificate in conjunction with your degree in nursing.
The gerontology certification program in Vermont is a six-course certificate program giving you 18 college credits. These credits are made up of the following:
- Four elective courses focused on Aging & Ethical Issues
- Two required core courses on Foundations of Gerontology
- For the student who has no experience working with elders, an internship worth 3 units is also required. Check with your school counselor to see what type of experience will satisfy this requirement.
The certificate courses will give you the opportunity to look at a variety of areas related to aging that offer a specific focus of study. The curriculum covers the following areas of study as they pertain to working with an older population:
- Nutrition and aging
- Public policy
- Retirement and older worker issues