Certificate on Aging

Do you currently work with the aging population either professionally or as a family caregiver? Are you looking to advance your career with additional credentials? Are you considering a profession working with seniors? Whether you are an experienced professional, just starting out in the field, or caring for a family member, our program has something for you.

Built upon the solid tradition of excellence, Johns Hopkins University offers a Certificate on Aging. The non-credit certificate is designed for those who work with aging adults and their families— clergy, financial planners, lawyers, nurses, social workers, volunteers, and work/life planners. The interdisciplinary program draws upon the University’s rich resources and offers students from a variety of disciplines the opportunity to broaden their professional training.

The Certificate on Aging Program is administered by the Johns Hopkins Odyssey Program, with the assistance of an interdisciplinary Advisory Board. Interested persons should contact the Odyssey Program at 410-516-7428 or odyssey@jhu.edu for more information on the program, courses and matriculation.

Continuing Education Credits

Need Continuing Education Credits? We offer the opportunity for Maryland licensed social workers, professional counselors, and therapists to earn continuing education credits needed to maintain licensure. All courses are open for individual enrollment. Students can choose topics most beneficial to them.

  • Courses are approved for category 1 credit for CEUs as defined by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Courses are submitted for approval each semester to the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for Category A credit.

Admission

The Program is open to any interested adult. Prospective students may apply anytime throughout the year. To receive the Certificate on Aging, students must matriculate in the program. Contact us at 410-516-7428 or odyssey@jhu.edu for more information on the program, courses and how to begin.

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Odyssey Certificate on Aging Fall 2017 Certifi cate on Aging (COA) Program Information Session and Reception

Coursework

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate on Aging, students must matriculate in the program (application and $100 fee), complete four required courses, four elective courses, and a capstone project. There are no tests or grades but participants must attend 75 percent of all classes. Click here for a list of current courses offered or course descriptions.

Required Courses

  • Biological Aspects of Aging
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Growing Old in an Aging Society
  • Public and Private Programs for the Elderly

Electives

  • Adult Children and Their Aging Parents
  • Aging and the Brain
  • Aging, Nutrition, and Fitness
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • Assessment of the Elderly
  • Counseling, Case Management, and Older Adults
  • Death, Grief, and End-of-Life Planning
  • Ethical Issues and the Elder Caregiver
  • Financial Planning and Retirement
  • Housing Options for the Elderly
  • Illness and Death as Seen Through the Eyes of the Five Major World Religions
  • Integrative Healthcare for Healthy Aging
  • Legal Issues and the Elderly
  • Long Term Care: Policies and Programs
  • Re-imagining Living and Aging in Community
  • Yoga, Therapy, Spirituality, and Aging
  • and others

Capstone Project

The capstone gives students the opportunity to explore independently a topic of their choosing under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Once a student matriculates, he/she is sent a capstone application form and guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the program designed for?

Core and elective courses have been constructed for individuals in a broad range of disciplines working with older adults. Students have included caregivers, clergy, financial planners, lawyers, nurses, social workers, volunteers, and work/life planners.

How can this program help my career?

The Certificate on Aging provides official University recognition of a student’s completion of multidisciplinary coursework on issues related to aging. It is a great way to enhance your skills and resume and may be beneficial to the student either in securing employment, expanding promotional opportunities or in facilitating admission to further study.

What is the difference between a certificate and degree program?

Both programs offer an opportunity to enhance your qualifications and resume. Our certificate program is shorter than a degree program and teaches skills in specialized areas. There is no lengthy admissions process, and all coursework is focused on an area of interest to you. There are no tests or grades with the certificate courses.

Where are classes held?

Most courses are held on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD.

When are classes held?

The program is designed to meet the needs of working adults. Our sessions usually meet on weekday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and occasionally Fridays or Saturdays during the day.

How long will it take to complete the certificate program?

Most students take one or two courses per session, completing the certificate program in two to four years. To receive the Certificate on Aging, students must matriculate in the program ($100 fee), complete four required courses, four elective courses, and a capstone project.

What will it cost to complete the program?

We estimate the program will cost approximately $2600 in tuition and fees.

Is scholarship help or financial aid available?

No. However, you may choose to apply for a student loan through a private lending agency or tuition remission through your employer.

What if I only want to take a course or two and not pursue the certificate?

Admission to individual courses is open to any interested adult.

Can I receive CEUs for program courses?

Courses are approved for category 1 credit for CEUs as defined by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners and Category A credit by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.

How can I be admitted to the program?

Program admission is open to any interested adult. Interested persons should contact the Odyssey Program Center at 410-516-7428 or odyssey@jhu.edu for more information on the program, courses and matriculation.

Are there tests or grades?

Because this program is non-credit, courses are ungraded. However, participants must attend 75 percent of all classes and must complete a capstone project to the satisfaction of a faculty reviewer in order to receive the certificate.

What is involved in the capstone project?

The capstone gives students the opportunity to explore independently a topic of their choosing under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Once students matriculate, they are sent a capstone application form and guidelines. Past capstones are available for review in the Odyssey office.