Certificate in Gerontology
Admission Policies and Requirements
A Certificate in Gerontology can be earned at Temple in conjunction with
the students master’s or doctoral program. The certificate can also
be earned through a freestanding course of study not linked to a graduate
Each student must complete 15 semester hours of course work, which in most cases are course work for major and not additional courses. However, these courses must be approved by coordinator of the certificate program. In addition,
matriculated and non-matriculated students take at 3 semester hours of
independent study or research in the field of aging. Students enrolled
in a degree program at Temple degree may satisfy the independent study
requirement by focusing on the elderly in their final project, thesis,
or dissertation, or field work in working with older adults. To meet this
requirement, non-matriculated students are enrolled in an independent
Graduates of institutions other than Temple University may have earned the 15 credits required subject to the review of the transcript by the coordinator. This leaves independent study as the final requirement for the Certificate in Gerontology.
Matriculated students are encouraged to consult degree advisors as early
as possible in order to coordinate degree and the certificate program.
Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for
all in every aspect of its operations. The University has pledged not
to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national
origin or handicap. This policy extends to all educational programs and
To apply for admission to the Certificate in Gerontology, all applicants
Print out, complete and submit Application
Form (Link to application form)
Complete and submit a Statement of Professional Goals.
Obtain and submit two (2) letters of recommendation from persons
qualified to assess applicant's academic ability and accomplishments
Applications may be submitted at any time and will be processed upon
submission. No application will be reviewed until all supporting credentials,
and application are received.
Please contact us if you have any questions at the Institute
Mail the Completed Application Packet to:
Kirksey, MD, MSCE
Institute on Aging
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19140-5220
Acceptance will be based on information provided on the application and
supporting documentation. After acceptance into the program, an academic
advising appointment will be scheduled.