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The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center (RIGEC)

at the University of Rhode Island

Academic Programs

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Geriatrics

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Geriatrics provides an important, academic step beyond continuing education for professionals who already possess a bachelor's or advanced degree and can lead to further graduate training in a health or human service discipline at URI. The program is interdisciplinary, with faculty from eight different URI departments and colleges participating in offering courses and mentoring students: Gerontology, Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, and Communicative Disorders.

For additional details, please visit the URI Program in Gerontology website.

A minimum of 5 courses or 15 credits is required.

Required Foundation Courses:

Human Development and Family Studies
HDF 514 Seminar in Older Adulthood
HDF 540: Interprofessional Teamwork in Health and Human Services

Suggested Course Options (Others may also apply):

Human Development and Family Studies
HDF 431 Family and the Elderly
HDF 440 Environmental Context of Aging
HDF 597/98 Advanced Study

KIN 564 Physiology of Aging

NUR 555 Advanced Gerontological Nursing I
NUR 557 Advanced Gerontological Nursing II

Nutrition and Food Science
NFS 506 Community Nutrition
NFS 591/92 Special Problems

Pharmacy Practice
PHP 440 Pharmaceutical Care for Special Populations
PHP 542 Evaluation of Controversies in Drug Literature
PHP 593 Advanced Elective Experiential Rotation in Geriatrics

Physical Therapy
PHT 586 Physical Therapy in Geriatric Populations

For more information, please contact Dr. Phillip Clark at 401-874-2689 or

Upcoming CIPG Workshops


Workshop 3: Syndromes and Senses - 2/9/2015

Workshop 4: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias - 4/13/2015

Workshop 5: Bridging the Gap in Fragmented Healthcare: Safe Transitions - 6/1/2015



Alzheimer's Disease Training

Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of RI.

Getting Started Series: South Kingstown Police Department


Getting Started Series: Middletown Public Library


Training Employees for Alzheimer's Management (T.E.A.M) (Spanish)


View RI's State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias