UNI offers the only four-year degree in gerontology in the state of Iowa. Two tracks are offered within the gerontology major: long term care administration and social sciences. The program works with the state of Iowa to ensure that the long term care administration track meets the state requirements for nursing home administration licensure.

There is also a minor in gerontology.

More than 95 percent of UNI’s long term care administration graduates pass the boards on their first attempt.


Students transferring to UNI should take Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology and Developmental Psychology before transferring. This will help prepare students to make a smooth transition.


Gerontology Students

The goals of the program are to create leaders in the field of aging with: 1) the ability to see the possibilities of a diverse, older population; 2) the skills to assist individuals and families navigate the challenges of aging; 3) the knowledge to analyze aging individuals from physical, social, psychological and familial perspectives; and 4) the experience to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults.

Students in class

A variety of courses, such as Social Services for Older Adults, Families and End of Life Issues, Families and Aging and Social Gerontology help prepare students for the variety of challenges they will face in their careers. Other courses include Psychology of Aging; Long Term Care Administration; Families, Alzheimer’s, and Related Dementias; and Perspectives on Death and Dying.

gerontology student

A major in gerontology gives students the groundwork to help seniors through the wide variety of needs they face. Students can look forward to careers in areas such as nursing home administration, case management, hospice, geropsychology, marketing and much more.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Community and Social Services

Options Counseling

Long Term Care Administration

Assisted Living Management

Health Education

Case Management


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Dr. Elaine M. Eshbaugh

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