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Graduate Gerontology Healthcare Certificate

Thanks for your interest in CONHI’s new Gerontology Healthcare Certificate (GHC). We offer an exceptional program that combines your hands-on work experience with our nationally recognized nursing program to help you and other healthcare leaders offer innovative, exceptional and compassionate care to the growing population of older adults 65-plus.

The certificate program offers a curriculum designed to enhance your skills when working with older adults, their families and/or caregivers. GHC prepares you for the future, one where it is predicted adults 65 and over will represent 20 percent of the population by 2030.


The certificate is ideal for baccalaureate- or graduate-prepared nurses who care for older adults in settings such as hospitals, home health, skilled-nursing facilities or assisted-living centers; some are bedside nurses or administrators. Degree seeking graduate students also are encouraged to apply.

The program is also valuable and open to social workers, healthcare administrators, and others who work with older adult populations.

The certificate can help lead to new opportunities in the field of healthcare, will prepare you or augment a graduate degree and enhance your knowledge in the care of older adults. The stand-alone certificate could be completed in one academic year or added to degree-seeking students’ degree plans.

Admission Criteria

Admission requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in nursing or related field. Before admission, an applicant must have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher on the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program.

Applicants may apply and be admitted as a certificate-seeking student. Currently enrolled students should speak to an academic advisor about adding it to their existing degree plan.


This is a 12-hour certificate program.

NURS 5356 Global Health Policy, Health Literacy, and Models of Care for Older Adults is a required course for every student and offered every fall semester. All other courses are electives and based on student interests and course availability.

Other possible nursing courses include:

  • NURS 5348 Nursing Care at the End of Life
  • NURS 5357 Advanced Clinical Management of Older Adults with Complex Multimorbidity
  • NURS 5358 Advanced Clinical Management of Older Adults with Complex Multimorbidity During Acute Illness Crisis
  • NURS 5395 Heart Failure Pathophysiology and Exercise Rehabilitation
  • NURS 6321 Epidemiology

As part of this certificate, students can also choose from courses offered in other departments such as:

  • HEED 5320 Healthy Aging
  • SOCW 5318 Death and Dying
  • SOCW 5335 Aging in American Society
  • SOCW 5333 Aging Policy and Social Justice
  • SOCW 5334 Family Caregiving and Aging

For more information about courses, check the University catalog here.


The deadline to apply for the Fall 2021 semester is June 15, 2021.

The deadline for Spring 2022 is November 1, 2021 and for Summer 2022 is April 1, 2022.

For more information and to apply, go to: ApplyTexas.


If you have questions or are interested in learning more before applying, please contact Dr. Kathryn Daniel at: to set up a phone or video chat.

Kathryn Daniel, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, GS-C, AGSF, FAAN is the director and advisor of the Gerontology Healthcare Certificate

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