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Welcome to the Gerontology Program at SCSU!



The Gerontology Program

The St. Cloud State University Gerontology Program, a part of the School of Health and Human Services, is an interdisciplinary course of study providing students with an integrated perspective on aging and older adults. The program combines classroom instruction, service-learning, internships and other experiential activities in order to integrate current theory and practice in the field of aging. An undergraduate minor, a Master of Science degree, and a graduate certificate are offered.

What Is Gerontology?

Gerontology is the science that studies the process of aging in various dimensions: social, cultural, psychological, biological, demographic, political, legal, economic, educational, business and programmatic.

More about Gerontology (pdf)

Why Study Aging?

The Gerontology Program at St. Cloud State offers personalized attention and a range of academic and applied opportunities to provide students with an integrated perspective on aging. The program is designed to provide a knowledge base for students with a wide range of career and personal goals, including, but not limited to: public policy and programs; retail consumer markets; health care; social services; banking and business; long term care; transportation and travel; international development; community planning and pursuit of an advanced graduate degree.

For an outline of the Program see Consider the Possibilities (pdf)


New Course Offering

Advanced Care Planning

All students and professionals are welcome

Class Meetings: Class will meet on designated Thursday evenings throughout the semester. Contact instructors for more information.

Course Description: Development of skills in facilitating advance care planning conversations with individuals and families. Student will receive a Respecting Choices® First Steps ACP Facilitator certificate following successful completion of course requirements.

Why take this class?  Facilitation skills enhance a variety of disciplines.  Participants receive 9.4 CEUs for completing the online modules. RNs receive 8.4 CEUs and Social Workers receive 7.0 CEUs following certification.

For more information on Advance Care Planning Facilitator, contact:
Phyllis Greenberg, Gerontology pagreenberg@stcloudstate.edu
Patty Bresser, Nursing pjbresser@stcloudstate.edu



The Gerontology Club and SPO - Embracing Aging

The Gerontology Club, is for those who are interested in learning about older adults and aging. It's free to join, a great place to make connections, and everyone is welcome at meetings.

Sigma Phi Omega, the National Honor and Professional Society for Gerontology was formed in 1980 to recognize the excellence of those who study gerontology and aging. http://www.sigmaphiomega.org/

To Join or Renew your membership with Sigma Phi Omega, please click on the following:

SPO Membership Application and for renewal SPOMemberRenewalForm



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Join us to stay up-to-date on events and activities of the Gerontology Program. You can find us by browsing "Gerontology Program - St. Cloud State University" or linking directly: Gerontology Program Facebook Page


Gerontology Alumni Survey

Are you a Gerontology Program alumnus? We would like to hear from you. Please complete the following survey, it will only take a few minutes of your time. Gerontology Alumni Survey


Contact Us:

Gerontology Program
School of Health and Human Services

362 Stewart Hall
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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