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Certificate Program
Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Professions
Graduate School
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year.


The goal of this program is to provide the foundation and interdisciplinary framework necessary for understanding aging processes and issues. Courses enhance the understanding and appreciation for the aging process.

  • Admission Process


    Students may be admitted unconditionally, conditionally or as a non-degree-seeking student.

    Unconditional Admission Status:

    The student must:

    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Have a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate or 2.75 overall.
    • Be currently employed in healthcare.

    Conditional Admission Status:

    An applicant who fails to meet the GPA requirements for Unconditional Admission Status or whose background degree is from a college or university lacking appropriate accreditation, may be granted Conditional Admission Status after following the steps detailed in the ASU Graduate Bulletin.

    A student will not be considered for admission to a graduate program until such time as the student completes 12 graduate semester hours, has a minimum 3.00 GPA on those 12 hours, has no more than one course in the 12 hours with a grade of "C", and meets unconditional or program admission requirements.

    Admission as a Graduate Non-degree Student:

    This option is for those seeking personal development, or those fulfilling professional renewal requirements and are seeking a Graduate Certificate in one or more of the Program's specialty areas of study.

    Graduate School Admission Information

    You may apply online here.  The following must be submitted to ASU Graduate Admissions at:

    ASU Graduate Admissions
    PO Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    • An official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work (personal copies will not be accepted)
    • A designated, non-refundable application fee of $30
    • A written documentation of measles and rubella immunization
    • US citizens must be registered or exempt with he selective service and an Affirmation Form is required.

    You may contact the ASU Graduate School Admission at (870) 972-2031.  Students must meet all graduate school requirements.

  • Additional Information

    Courses required for the Certificate Program in Aging Studies

    Core (15 credits):
    NURS 5013 Physical Health and Aging ..............3
    COUN 6423 Psychosocial Aspects of Aging ...........3
    SOC 5353 Sociology of Aging ..................3
    SOC 6123 Seminar: Aging, Law and Social Issues.....................3
    HP 6013 Interdisciplinary Capstone-In Aging Studies....3
    Electives (6 credits):
    PSY 6413 Learning and Cognition in Adulthood. .........3
    SCOM 5403 Seminar in Health Communications ...........3
    SOC 5003  Perspectives on Health and Dying  .......3

    Select two of the three course electives for
    completion of the Certificate program and all of the core courses.

    Minimum hours required for this certificate: 21

  • Accreditations

    This program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.