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Undergraduate Curriculum

The increasing number of older persons and the fact that we are generally living longer point to a need for more people to pursue careers in this area. The Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana has several academic programs to prepare students to meet the unique needs of an aging population.

Health Services Degree
Two specializations in the Health Services major prepare students to work in the field of gerontology:

  • Gerontology Specialization
  • Long Term Care Administration Specialization

Interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor
Students from virtually every major at USI may find that having a minor in gerontology could set them apart from other job applicants. It is common for students in Nursing, Social Work, Dietetics, Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant and more to combine their area of study with gerontology with USI’s Interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor.

In addition to Gerontology courses, this minor includes classes from Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Exercise Science, Kinesiology and Biology, plus a variety of experiential courses offering engaged learning opportunities specific to geriatrics outside of the traditional classroom. 


Senior Fitness Specialization in Kinesiology
Students majoring in Kinesiology can declare a “Senior Fitness Concentration” that covers content in:

  • Healthcare Aspects of Gerontology
  • Sociological Aspects of Aging
  • Psychological Aspects of Adulthood
  • Exercise Science Program Design

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