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2002-03 University Catalog


College of Nursing and Health Science

Undegraduate Certificates

Certificate in Gerontology

The undergraduate certificate program in gerontology prepares students for work with older adults, as well as with professionals who are already working with the elderly. The program provides a background of basic knowledge in gerontology and permits the student to prepare in professional skill areas such as counseling, recreation, social work, nursing, and administration.

The certificate program is administered by the College of Nursing and Health Science. Three other academic units participate in the program: the Graduate School of Education, Department of Psychology, and Department of Sociology and Anthropology. A Gerontology Certificate Committee determines program policy and curriculum.

Academic advising and an application form are available through the College of Nursing and Health Science.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate program in gerontology consists of 24 credits. Students receiving the certificate either must hold a baccalaureate degree or have earned one from George Mason University by the time they receive the certificate.

The 24 credits are divided as follows:

1. A minimum of 12 credits selected from HSCI 480; NURS 505, 570; PRLS 315, 415; PSYC 415; SOCI 441; and SOCW 483

2. Six credits in a practicum in gerontology: PSYC 548, 549 (Students must have completed at least 9 credits of core courses before enrolling in the practicum.)

3. Six credits of electives selected from HEAL 110, 323, 480; HSCI 332; PHED 415, 450, 499; PRLS 210, 310; PSYC 211, 325, 326, 415, 423; PUAD 502, SOCI 350, 390, 599; SOCW 300, 351, 352; reading and research in gerontology from any department

Certificate in Nutrition

The certificate in nutrition offers a variety of courses in nutrition for future and present health care professionals, researchers, and others who are commonly faced with community-related nutrition issues. The program is intended to help health care professionals and others who would like to increase their current knowledge in nutrition. This certificate is in no way an equivalent to the registered dietician license and does not provide a license to practice therapeutic nutrition.

Certificate Requirements:

Applicants are expected to have taken a beginning undergraduate level nutrition course such as HSCI 295 or equivalent. Applicants need not have a bachelor's degree in nursing. Application is made through the College of Nursing and Health Science. A requirement for the certificate is 15 credits of undergraduate/graduate course work.

Program of Study:

Required Courses: HSCI 420, HSCI 421, HSCI 422, HSCI 423, and one elective from the following: CHEM 102, CHEM 463, HSCI 150, HSCI 530, HSCI 578