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Communication Sciences and Disorders Programs

Give others the tools they need to communicate effectively.

Your kind heart and helping nature will take you far. We’re simply here to provide you with the skills and expertise you need to pursue a fulfilling and rewarding career.

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Gerontology Certificate 

It happens to all of us no matter how much we may fight it—aging is simply a part of life. While there is no escaping it, you can gain a better perspective on aging that you can use to help older adults by getting a minor in gerontology. Through this multidisciplinary program, you’ll take courses on aging, health, and social issues involving older adults. You’ll also complete a practicum that features applied work in a setting serving senior adults.

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Program Highlights

  • The development of critical-thinking, research, motivational, and clinical skills
  • Experience with data collection and interpretation
  • Understanding compassion and advancing your own
  • Support from the Mastodon community
  • A prestigious Purdue education



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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of gerontology, including but not limited to biological, social, and psychological issues that impact older adults and those who work with and care for them
  • Knowledge of the basic study of aging in several disciplines, complementary areas such as nutrition and medical ethics, and applications dealing with health and social issues involving older adults
  • The ability to apply gerontological knowledge through a practicum experience in which the student works with, or on behalf of, older adults in a campus, community, or an agency setting that serves this population