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Take the Lead With a Gerontology & Palliative Care Certification

We believe that bettering the quality of life for every individual is a critical goal for all social workers. In the field of palliative and geriatric care, a social worker steps into one of the most vulnerable and trying times in someone’s life. Through our Master of Social Work with Gerontology and Palliative Care Embedded Certification, our MSW students gain the skills to step into these challenging moments.

Through this additional certification, students are prepared to better address the issues faced by the aging and by those with serious illnesses: difficult decisions about treatment options; advanced care planning; depression, stress and other mental health concerns; conflict resolution between family members; and communicating and coordinating with doctors and medical staff.

As advocates and guides, social workers need the insights and cultural competency to be successful in a number of different settings.

Students who choose to pursue this specialization will gain the skills to work as a social worker in any field, but with a gerontology and palliative care certification, students will also learn to provide holistic support to those facing these psychosocial and developmental issues.


Needs are changing.

The aging population in the U.S. is growing. By 2030, 1 in 5 U.S. residents will be over the age of 65.1 In addition, it’s estimated that 40 million people around the globe need palliative care with only 14 percent able to receive it.2 To get better insight on upcoming changes in the social work field and the need for qualified specialists, connect with one of our Admissions Advisors today.

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Pursue Your Purpose

When you decide you’re ready to earn your MSW, be confident that you’re gaining the knowledge and experience to be an impactful, culturally competent social worker. See what makes us a leading university for social work.3

Earn an Addiction Credential

The demand for addiction specialists is growing, so help meet that need with our joint MSW and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Credentialing program. Explore the impact a CASAC can have on your career.


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