Professional Gerontology Certificate

Four days of classroom training in Gwinnett can expand your career options.

Opportunities abound for gerontology-trained managers, nurses, counselors, therapists, social workers, physicians and other professionals. Earning a Professional Gerontology Certificate from the University of Georgia can open career doors in health care, dentistry, education, government, research, social work, counseling and charity fields. 


  • Format: Classroom

    Where: UGA's Gwinnett Campus

    Hours: 24 hours / 2.4 CEUs

    When: March 2 - March 23, 2015

    Cost: $395 + textbook

This classroom course, at UGA’s Gwinnett campus in metro Atlanta, provides a multidisciplinary approach to gerontology issues.

How you’ll benefit from this program:

  • Ride the trend: increased longevity is fueling demand for gerontology-specific skills
  • Gain invaluable knowledge
  • Build a network of peers for sharing expertise, ideas and resources
  • Add a career-building credential in just four weeks!

What you will learn:

  • The biological, psychological and sociological changes that occur as we get older
  • How families, institutions and social networks are addressing the issues and trends of an aging population
  • Social, cultural and legal aspects of serving the needs of the elderly
  • County, state and federal programs and services for older adults

Who Should Attend?

Nurses, physical therapists, and other health care professionals; dentists and physicians; social workers; religious leaders; educational, financial and nonprofit personnel; employers working with diverse age groups; caregivers; adult children of aging parents; older adults. 

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - Monday, March 23, 2015
Course Date Info: 

Mondays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Location Info: 

Please check signage in Lobby

Course Fee(s): 

Textbook not included

Continuing Education Information: 

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Program Completion for 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 24 hours of course work.

Attendance Policy and Other Important Requirements:
Timely and successful completion of written and oral assignments is required. To receive your Certificate of Completion, your attendance is also required for all four sessions.

Lois J. Ricci, RN, GNP, Ed.D is a geriatric nurse practitioner/educator and consultant. She holds masters degrees in gerontology and nursing education and a doctorate in adult education. She has worked in the field of aging for over thirty-five years in both hospital and academic settings. Lois was the interventionist for an NIH/NIA grant for reducing falls in the frail elderly populations. With colleagues, she designed a Peer Training Program for Adults for the Center of Health in Aging. She has coordinated and presented education programs for Emory and Mercer Universities, and worked on the Georgia Geriatric Education Center grant project at the Institute for Gerontology at The University of Georgia. Prior to moving to Georgia, she owned and managed a not-for-profit Home Health Care/Adult Day Care Service in upstate New York for 20 years.

Dr. Ricci works with AARP Department of Technical and Adult Education, Lifespan Resources, Mercer Senior University and Atlanta Regional Commission. She has designed education programs for several senior living facilities and adult programs in Metro Atlanta. Professional organization memberships include American Nurses Association, National Staff Development Association, Georgia Advanced Practice Nurses Association, and the Georgia Gerontology Society. 

Issues in Aging, Novak, ISBN-10 0205578691
3rd Edition
Textbook must be purchased for course