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Online Graduate Certificate in
Senior Adult & Geriatric Care Leadership

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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Graduate Certificate in
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The Graduate Certificate in Senior Adult & Geriatric Care Leadership offers community ministry practitioners, community health educators, congregational and faith community nurses, pastoral care providers, senior adult pastors, healthcare missionaries, healthcare chaplains, Christian social workers, and those involved in serving senior adult persons and their families the following capabilities:

    • ability to address pain and suffering through a biblically-informed perspective
    • competency in providing support systems to the elderly and their families to maintain and enhance functioning and well-being
    • ability to develop a conceptual framework for planning, organizing, and delivering services to the elderly
    • ability to utilize case reports, definitions, and discussions and determine where and how ethics apply to various types of abuse common to the elderly
    • ability to be effective caregivers to senior adults by understanding the context, culture, faith tradition and levels of health and wellness of individuals and families and nuance spiritual care to aid in physical healing, easing spiritual and physical pain.
    • ability to provide leadership to long-term care in nursing home management, assisted living service, home health care, hospice, and skilled nursing facilities

Senior Adult Care classifies its levels of care under six different options for senior care services: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Affordable Housing, and Short-Term Care. While each type has its own uniquenesses, each level of care is designed to address the physical, social, and spiritual issues facing senior adults. The Graduate Certificate in Senior Adult & Geriatric Care Leadership provides missional leaders with the background to manage and lead the delivery of senior care services while addressing spiritual issues.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving among vulnerable persons in the mission of God.

Students develop a theological framework with which to engage those who experience pain and hardship. The course addresses the importance of holistic mission through caring for the pastoral, spiritual, medical, and health-related needs of those experiencing illnesses, disabilities, cancer, etc. Assessment items include reading, lectures, case-study projects, discussion forums, and service projects pointed to a global area of interest.

An examination of social work practice theories, assessment tools, skills, and intervention strategies with the elderly. Mental disorders of older adults including depression, suicide, and substance abuse will be discussed. Students will engage collaborative treatment planning across disciplines and the service delivery system. Policy implications will be discussed.

This course emphasizes long-term service delivery programs designed to meet the needs of the geriatric population. The course reviews care and service systems, and the physiological and psychological changes associated with aging. Students will develop a conceptual framework for planning, organizing, and delivering services to the elderly.

In this course, students will utilize case reports, definition, discussion and determine where and how ethics apply to the various aspects of a case and to the individuals involved. Neglect, self-neglect, abuse (physical, mental, emotional, sexual, nutritional) are a few of the types of abuse common with elderly

Spiritual caregiving and care receiving is often a rite of passage of and by elderly individuals. The context, culture, faith tradition and levels of health and wellness help define how these roles play out for each family and individual. Spiritual caregiving can aid in physical healing, easing spiritual and physical pain. Giving spiritual care is also part of the lifecycle stages of generativity and passing on important information and life goals. Understanding the nuances of spiritual care needs of elderly in a variety of settings is paramount in order to facilitate the transitions and hone skills applicable for all disciplines and walks of life.

This course is an overview of the long-term care industry including administration and management techniques, and standards practices. Emphasis will be placed on Skilled Nursing Home Care, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care, Home Health Care, Hospice, and Senior Retirement Communities. It will prepare students for a careers in Long Term Care Administration.

Optional Additional Courses

The economics of aging impacts every man, woman and child – from healthcare access, health care costs, access to healthy food and services, housing, transportation and care, health, wealth and financial prosperity. Implications for culture and society are somewhat different across countries and regions, and will be explored, discussed and charted during the course.

Students will participate in reading, critical thinking, paper writing, exercises, discussion on this important subject matter and paradigm of the aging experience.

In this course, students will examine the nature of terminal illness and the inevitability of death. Looking at the physical and spiritual dimensions of dying, students will develop a spiritual care philosophy and practice that will equip them to provide spiritual care to the dying.

Prepares students with specialized knowledge and skills for the understanding of loss and grief and interventions for the bereaved. Student will learn loss and grief theories and treatment approaches. Students will be prepared to respond to grieving persons across the lifespan.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Transforming Communities

Is this Your Mission?

Active Adult and Senior Programming Director, Activities Director for Senior Living, Adult Daily Living Center Coordinator, Art Center Director for Senior Adults, Chaplain, Christian Social Worker, Community Ministry Practitioner, Community Health Educator, Congregational and Faith Community Nurse, Executive Director-Senior Living, Director of Senior Adult Outpatient Program, Director of Senior Community Services, Geriatric Nurse, Geriatric Social Worker, Healthcare Missionary, Healthcare Chaplain, Manager of Pastoral Care, Manager of Pastoral Services, Pastoral Care Provider, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Pastor for Senior Adults, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Care, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Life, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Pastoral Care Director, Pastoral Care Program Coordinator, Pastoral Counselor, Pastoral Member Care Specialist, Pastoral Services Supervisor, Personal Support Specialist, Senior Adult Caregiving Specialist, Senior Adult Community Education Instructor, Senior Adult Program Coordinator, Senior Adult Counselor, Senior Adult Day Assistant Coordinator, Senior Adult Outpatient Program Director, Senior Adult Pastor, Social Services Clinician Geriatric Social Worker



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


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Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.