Office of Gerontological & Interprofessional Initiatives (OGII)

The Office of Gerontological and Interprofessional Initiatives (OGII) was established to support and promote the preparation of baccalaureate and graduate social workers for professional practice with older adults and their families.

There are two certificates offered:

Foundational Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Social Work and the University of Arizona (UA) Center on Aging offer a joint 9 credit Foundational Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. The certificate is designed to enhance the knowledge and competence of graduate students and professionals who want to work more effectively with, and on behalf of, older adults in a variety of roles and contexts of practice. Courses are available entirely via the Internet. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, social work, nursing, medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, law, public health, counseling, pharmacy, public administration, audiology, and recreation therapy. 

Applicants may begin the certificate in the fall or spring semester and may select nine (9) credits from the following options:

SWG 570/Aging: A Biopsychosocialspiritual Perspective              3 credits (ASU Internet/fall semester)

SWG 571/Mental Health Aspects of Aging                                       3 credits (ASU Internet/spring semester)

SWG 573/Policies to Promote Healthy Aging                                    3 credits (ASU Internet/fall semester)

SWG 591/Aging in Context*                                                                   3 credits (ASU Internet/spring semester)

NOTE:  Students concurrently pursuing an MSW degree and Foundational Graduate Certificate in Gerontology may substitute SWG 541/542, SWG 641/642, SWG 643/644, or SWG 645/646 for a maximum of 3 credits if completed in an approved aging setting arranged through the ASU School of Social Work’s Field Education Collaborative.

*Cross-listed courses must be completed at the graduate (SWG) level and may not be retaken if completed at the undergraduate level.

Certificate application procedure
Submit the following materials as a completed application packet:

Mail your completed certificate application packet to the address below or drop it off at Academic Services (UCENT 8th floor):

ATTN: Academic Services
School of Social Work
Arizona State University
411 N Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689

Contact Information:
Nursing: Pauline Komnenich, PhD

enrolled degree-seeking students

If you are currently enrolled as a graduate degree-seeking student at ASU and are interested in applying, please contact (Subject: Gerontology) or call 602-496-0800.

non-degree students

If you are not currently enrolled as a graduate student at ASU, go to Non-Degree Graduate Status. See Graduate Admission site for Application Fee.  Tuition for ASU courses will be calculated based upon ASU's resident (for Arizona residents) or non-resident (for non-Arizona residents) Graduate Tuition Rate. Continuous registration is required while completing the certificate.

Interprofessional Healthy Aging Certificate  

The ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) and School of Social Work (SSW) offer a joint 18 credit Interprofessional Healthy Aging Certificate. Courses are available entirely on-line. Applicants may begin the certificate during any semester.

The certificate is designed to prepare Master’s and Doctoral-level health professions students and community health and social service professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitian nutritionists, physicians’ assistants, and related disciplines to address healthy aging, with a focus on prevention and early intervention to improve the health, behavioral health, and quality of life of older adults and their family caregivers.

To apply and for information click here:  

Contact Information:
Social Work & Other Disciplines: (Subject: Gerontology)


The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a means for individuals to honor the life and legacy of their elders, including loved ones, mentors, teachers, and other elders who have left an impact on their lives. A charitable gift can be made by clicking on the gold leaf of the tree. 

All donations made through the Tree of Life will support the ASU Gerontological Social Work Scholarship endowment.
The endowed scholarship was established by Dr. Teri Kennedy, in honor of her late parents, Stanley & Bernadine Knutson, and grandparents, Albert & Emma (Spurr) Berg and Selmer & Myrtle (Hyland) Knutson; in respect for older adults; and in recognition of the critical need for social workers prepared to address the service delivery and policy needs of an aging population.