Across the country, long-term care providers are experiencing a shortage of qualified and committed direct-care workers to address the needs of America's aging population. The Center for Gerontology at Western Michigan University was initiated to address that need.

With support from University and community stakeholders, the center serves as a catalyst for health-related research in aging and provides educational programs and service-learning activities that offer lifelong learning for professionals, older adults and their families.

Gerontology graduate certificate now available

This 15 credit certificate is offered fully online with options to meet with instructors and other students. The first two courses were offered beginning in September 2015. For more information, visit