The Gerontology Certificate prepares students to develop careers in aging, or further trains those already employed or active in gerontology or related fields.

Quick Facts
  • Program tracks


  • Estimated certificate completion time

    2 semesters, 18 credits

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The courses provide an interdisciplinary background in the aging process and end-of-life issues. The courses in this program are transferrable to the Gerontology Associates Degree Program.

The sequencing of courses in this program begins in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring or summer will likely take longer than two semesters to complete the program. *Intended for part-time study.

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The certificate program in Gerontology is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level direct care positions that include home health aids, personal care aids, activity assistants and recreation workers.

Meet the Faculty

  • Cathleen Ferrick

    Cathleen Ferrick

    Chair - BHS/Gerontology, Faculty - Psychology

    Cathleen has over twenty years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of different settings such as child protection, adoption, court investigation, and crisis intervention. She began her teaching career as an adjunct instructor at York County Community College in 2007 before transitioning to the University of New England as a part-time, and then full-time, faculty member of the Psychology Department. She was an active member of the UNE community serving as the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) program coordinator, the Psychology Club advisor, and a member of both the Core Curriculum committee and Core Assessment Committee. She has been involved in the new Behavioral Health Studies program at YCCC since it’s inception and assisted with program/curriculum development as well as writing the initial proposal for state approval of the embedded MHRT/C certificate. In her new role as a full time faculty member at YCCC she will teach a variety of courses as well as advising for the BHS program and supervising student interns.

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