Academics

As our population ages, there is a great need for individuals who understand older adults, the aging process and support systems/programs for older adults. To meet these needs, Western Michigan University’s gerontology program offers an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate program.

There are a growing number of career paths available for people interested in working with, for, or on behalf of the fastest growing age segment in the U.S. If you are considering a minor in gerontology or the graduate certificate, here is a list of careers from the book, "101+ Careers in Gerontology".

WMU has added a new NURSING HOME Administrator career path for this high demand career

WMU offers courses related to Michigan Nursing Home Administrator licensing qualifications. Successful completion of these 9-credits help qualify the student to take the Michigan Nursing Home Administrator licensing exam. Required courses are GRN 1000 Introduction to Aging Studies; GRN 4000 Public Policy and Aging OR HSV 4780 U.S. Health Policy and; HSV 4350 Post-Acute Care (Fall 2021). HSV 4350 is a new special topics course and examines the administrative management of services provided after hospitalization by skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, home health care, and long-term care hospitals.