PhD - Psychology: Gerontology

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If you're interested in a doctoral-level psychology program that prepares you for advanced positions working with older adults and their families, you might want to consider Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Psychology program with a specialization in Gerontology. Explore more information about this online here today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Northcentral University's online Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology is a non-clinical program that is designed to provide advanced studies that prepare you to work with older adults. Course topics within in the curriculum include the biological and psychological changes associated with aging, psychological aspects of death and dying, coping strategies, and common mental health issues faced by older adults. In addition, you could study caregiver strategies and types of elder care, multicultural influences on aging, and various roles of a psychologist in elder care management. The dissertation process requires you to write and defend an extensive research project addressing a topic that contributes to the field.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prospective students of this Gerontology program may already have some previous psychology or mental health education or experience. You should also be enjoy helping others and be interested in a career working with older adults. Applicants to Northcentral University's online Ph.D. in Psychology programs must have a master's degree from an accredited academic institution. Individuals with a master's degree in a field other than psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work may need to complete additional courses before beginning the Ph.D. curriculum.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete at least 60 credit hours. Requirements include 30 foundation credits, 18 specialization credits, and 12 dissertation credits.

Courses for a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
PSY 7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
PSY 7102 Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
PSY 7103Research Methods
PSY 7104Statistics I
PSY 7115 Tests and Measurements in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 7106Quantitative Research Design
PSY 7107Statistics II
PSY 7108Qualitative Research Design
PSY 7109Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
CMP 9701P Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
Specialization Courses
PSY 8111 Clinical Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence
PSY 8112Addiction Assessment and Treatment Planning
PSY 8113Addiction and Related Disorders
PSY 8114Co-Occurring Disorders
PSY 8115Family Systems Approaches to Addiction
PSY 8116Group Therapy
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Once you have earned Northcentral University's Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology, you might explore career options in a variety of environments. You could pursue opportunities in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, hospices, or mental health clinics. You could also consider positions with government agencies or community organizations. Examples of some of the positions that you could pursue include:

  • Resident services manager
  • Gerontology researcher
  • Gerontology program administrator
  • Program director