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Gerontology, Concentration in Interior Design Graduate Certificate

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Program Description

The online Gerontology graduate certificate with a concentration in interior design program provides students with a focused understanding of the relationship between design of the built environment and its aging occupants.

It is estimated that the population of persons 65 years of age and older will increase from 40 million in 2010, to 88 million in 2050*. This shift demands qualified professionals who can address the impact the built environment has on older individuals, their health and quality of life.

The online graduate certificate allows mid-career professionals to acquire focused training in the area of design and gerontology. Credit earned may be applied to a master's degree.

*Source: U.S. Administration on Aging (2010)

Who should consider this program?

  • Master's students in Gerontology, Interior Design and Architecture
  • Related professionals desiring additional credentials or certification:
    • Senior Housing Professionals
    • Architects
    • Engineers
    • Interior Designers
    • Realtors
    • Government Services Administrators
    • Hospital and Nursing Administrators
    • Health Care Workers
    • Code Officials 

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Cooperative Program

This 18 credit hour online graduate certificate program is offered in cooperation by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Genontology and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Architecture, Interior Design program.

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Because this is a cooperative program of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, tuition is based on which campus teaches the course(s) you take in any given semester. The tables below show the costs for the courses taught by UNO and by UNL.

University of Nebraska at Omaha  

For more information about costs for UNO distance courses in Gerontology, please visit the UNO website.

Nebraska Resident:  

 

Tuition

Distance Ed. Fee

Technology Fee

Library Fee

Total

Per credit hour

$318.00

$25.00

$9.00

$4.00

$356.00

3 credit hour 

$354.00

$75.00

$27.00 

$12.00 

$1,068.00 

Non-Resident: 

Tuition

Distance Ed. Fee

Technology Fee

Library Fee

Total

Per credit hour

$520.00

$25.00

$9.00

$4.00

$558.00

3 credit hour

$1,560.00

$75.00

$27.00

$12.00

$1,674.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in UNO courses. 


University of Nebraska–Lincoln  

UNL rates shown are for students taking only UNL online/distance courses. Students enrolled in a combination of UNL In Person/On Campus Courses and Online/Distance Education Courses should visit Student Accounts for complete tuition and fee information.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$377.75$25.00$9.25$4.00$416.00
3 credit hour$1,133.25$75.00$27.75$12.00$1,248.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$844.00$25.00$9.25$4.00$882.25
3 credit hour$2,532.00$75.00$27.75$12.00$2,646.75

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $20.00 registration fee each semester they enroll in UNL courses.

Tuition listed in the tables above are for degree area courses. Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page, or contact a program adviser listed on the Admissions tab of this page.


The online graduate certificate in gerontology and design requires completion of 18 semester credit hours of courses (usually six courses).

Students must complete 15 semester hours of gerontology and interior design courses (usually five courses), including Applied Social Gerontology (GERO 9110) and three semester hours of GERO 8940: Practicum (15 hours per week for one semester) in an approved aging-related setting.

If you pursue a combined practicum or internship with your major department, you will register for three hours in Gerontology and the required number in the other department. Previous aging-related professional experience may fulfill up to one-half of the practicum requirement.

Courses are offered in cooperation by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Gerontology and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Architecture, Interior Design program.

Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Issues in Aging: Senior Housing

GERO 8356
3
This course focuses on various living environments available to older adults, and provides information that will help in the choosing of an appropriate living situation other than the family home.

Applied Social Gerontology

GERO 9110
3
An overview of social gerontology with an emphasis on the social, psychological and physical elements in later life.
Elective Courses

Evidence Based Design

ARCH 597/897
3
Group investigation of a topic in architecture originated by the instructor.

Long Term Care Administration

GERO 8516
3

An examination of policy, models, design and other issues association with the administration of community-based and institutional programs of long-term care.

Health Aspects of Aging

GERO 8556
3
This course emphasizes health promotion for older adults. Special health needs of older Americans are compared and contrasted with health needs for other age groups. Prevention or delaying of chronic diseases and disorders are emphasized.

Baby Boomers and the 21st Century

GERO 8726
3
Marketing decisions and strategies apply to all businesses and are influenced by the target market. The economic realities and the character of America will change due to shifting demographics of baby boomers. Businesses that understand the power of the baby boomers will succeed; failure to understand that power may lead to economic consequences. Students from many disciplines will benefit from this cross-referenced course blending the realities of gerontology with the predictions of baby boomer behavior and the resulting impact to all businesses.

Advanced Color Theory

IDES 831
3
Advanced color theories and their application to the Built environment.

The Changing Workplace

IDES 858
3

Prereq: Permission

Survey of theory, methods, research and findings from the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to architectural design, interior design, and regional and community planning. Application of principles to architectural and interiors programs, designs, and the planning process.

Cross-listed as ARCH 558/858

Evolving Issues in Design

IDES 886
3
Contemporary and controversial issues. Nuances of the field and practice of interior design and its relationship to the allied design disciplines.

Theories of Health Design

IDES 891
3
Group investigation of a topic in interior design originated by instructor.

Design of Senior Housing

IDES 891
3

Group investigation of a topic in interior design originated by instructor.

Human Behavior and Wayfinding

IDES 891
3
Group investigation of a topic in interior design originated by instructor.

Suburban Housing

IDES 891
3
Group investigation of a topic in interior design originated by instructor.

University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience.


Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must have:

  • Bachelor's degree from a four-year institution

 

Application Checklist

1. Apply and be admitted to University of Nebraska at Omaha Graduate Studies and the UNO Graduate Certificate Program (this applies to UNL and UNMC students as well).

Download the Certificate Application; or call 402.554.2272 for a brochure and application.

NOTE: All certificate students must apply online to University of Nebraska at Omaha Graduate Studies and to the department directly to be considered for acceptance into a program of study.

 

 

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester August 1
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Sessions June 1 

All web applications must be submitted by midnight of the appropriate date and all paper applications must be postmarked no later than the respective deadline for students to be considered for admission.

Applications not received by the appropriate deadline will be returned to the student and fees paid will be refunded. Students will need to submit a new application for a future term.  

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative 
Phone: 888.622.0332 
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu
 
Program Contact
Name:
Paul P. Falkowski, Ph. D.
Phone: 402.554.3780
E-mail: unogeronline@unomaha.edu 
 
Office of Military and Veteran Services
Phone: 402.554.2349 
E-mail: unovets@unomaha.edu

 

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