Program Summary

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Earn an Online Certificate in Adult Development and Aging Services

The Undergraduate Certificate in Adult Development and Aging Services is designed for employees of agencies concerned with aging, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. It focuses on the biological, psychological, and social development of adults and elderly persons, with special emphasis on the various contexts of adult development. This 15-credit certificate can provide you with a deeper understanding of the issues associated with our aging population. You can examine human aging from a biological perspective and the social, political, historical, and scientific factors in the development and organization of health care services.

Why an Online Certificate at Penn State

Renowned expertise — The program has been designed in cooperation with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Penn State Center for Healthy Aging, which has conducted research, instruction, and community service programs in the state and the nation for more than 40 years..

Broaden Your Opportunities — The 15 credits you earn in this program may also be applied toward Penn State's Associate in Science in Human Development and Family Studies (Adult Development and Aging Services option) or a bachelor's degree in a similar field.

Who Should Apply?

The program was designed for you if you work in an agency concerned with aging, a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other institution for the aged, or perhaps a public welfare and family service agency or mental health facility. If you are a business or industry leader who interacts with older consumers and employees, you can also benefit from this program.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The skills you learn in the certificate program can be applied in the following areas:

  • nursing homes
  • assisted living facilities
  • home health agencies
  • public welfare services
  • family services agencies