Geropsychology and Elder Care

Post-Master's Certificate - Psychology
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The Post-Master’s Certificate in Geropsychology and Elder Care is designed to assist in training individuals interested in working with older adults and their families. As the world’s population continues to age, the demand will continue for individuals trained in geropsychology. Coursework in this certificate prepares individuals for career opportunities in health facilities, mental health clinics, numerous government agencies, and community organizations.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.


6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

Prerequisite: A Master's degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.

Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 12 weeks in length.

Time to Completion

Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates. 





Psychology of Aging

This doctoral-level course deals with the biological and psychological changes that occur within adults over time (intra-individual changes) and the extent to which these changes occur at different rates among different individuals (inter-individual differences). Current research will be examined.


Mental Health and Aging

In this course, students will review psychological aging and mental health, an area often misunderstood by older adults, family, caregivers and medical professionals. Common mental health issues such as depression, addiction and anxiety faced by older adults will be addressed. Neurological changes, including Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and dementia spectrum disorders, will be examined. Symptoms, assessment, and treatment options for mental health issues in this population are complicated with the presence of other physical problems and associated medications and treatment. Other topics to discuss include risk factors for non-medication compliance, elderly neglect and abuse in residential homes, loneliness and cross culture differences in coping strategies and social support.


Aging, Families and Elder Care

In this course, students will examine the gamut of helping services known as elder care. These services include basic assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), to rehabilitation care, aging in place, familial caregiving, long-term care and hospice. This course focuses on the concepts, theories and strategies related to the care of older adults. Common concerns related to elder care needs will be discussed including the emotional strains families may face. A key component of the course will be identification of caregiver strategies, including support groups, respite care and other community resources.


Multicultural Perspectives of Aging

In this course, students will examine multicultural influences on the aging process on individuals. Topics to be covered include attitudes toward aging and well-being, social support, elder care, and end of life issues. Gender and ethnic differences in aging experiences will be discussed. Concerns related to special populations also will be addressed.


Psychological Practice in Gerontology

This course addresses the psychologist's role in elder care management. Topics to be covered include an overview of psychological assessment and evaluation as applied to aging adults as well as therapeutic techniques and intervention related to elderly on individual, group and family level. Ethical considerations in geropsychology practice also will be discussed. Areas of practice such as clinical settings, government and nonprofit agencies, nursing homes, also will be reviewed.


Death and Dying

In this course, students will consider the psychological aspects of death and dying in modern society. Students will also explore attitudes toward death and theories related to the stages of death and dying, along with coping strategies for dealing with impending death, the aftermath of suicide, and end of life decisions. This course will also address assisted dying, grief, and survivor’s guilt.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Psychology's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $18,890
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.

Note on Licensure: The Post-Master's Certificate in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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