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Practical Experience

In addition to education and research about adulthood and aging, the Gerontology Certificate program also emphasizes practical experience.

The Gerontology Practicum/Internship is a field experience designed to give the student a practical view of a specific population: middle-aged and/or older adults.


The Practicum experience acquaints the student with community services and resources uniquely serving this population. The Practicum/Internship experience is individually designed to meet the student's needs and interests. Examples of community sites include housing authority, community mental health center, nursing center or extended care facility, or social service agency.

At University of Akron, the Practicum Handbook serves as a guide for this course/experience.

At Kent State University, students should meet with the Program Coordinator, Dr. Greg Smith to design the Practicum Experience (

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