Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

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Ensure older Australians receive the best possible care


As the Australian population ages, there is high demand for skilled professionals who can support the older person navigate the ageing process and promote healthy ageing. The healthcare sector is already Australia’s largest employer, and with the number of Australians over 65 anticipated to double over the next 40 years, this will naturally lead to a wide array of professional opportunities in the industry.

QUT Online’s Graduate Certificate in Gerontology recognises the fundamental health and social care roles of health providers in the aged care sector. This course is grounded in the scientific understanding of the ageing process, and ensuring high quality of care to the older person that takes into account physical, psychosocial and culturally safe practices.

Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, you will have a practical overview of the important role healthcare services play in responding holistically to the specific needs of the older person. This includes preventative health, chronic illness and injury management, palliative and end-of-life care, and quality and risk management. This course creates opportunities for career advancement across a variety of sectors which are utilised by the older person including, hospital, community health, primary health and aged care environments.

Why study this course? To develop skills and knowledge in caring for the older person that can lead to managerial, policy and associated program-related roles.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology can go on to study the Master of Gerontology.

Studying with QUT Online in Gerontology, will give you so many career prospects, particularly, caring for older Australians. It will absolutely give you the edge.” ~ Gerontology – Jane Phillips

Enrolments are currently closed for this course.

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology with:
    • A completed bachelor degree (or higher) in nursing, medical or allied health. Or
    • Current AHPRA registration within the applicant’s field of practice; plusAt least 3 years full-time equivalent (FTE) professional work experience in the same field as the current APHRA registration(Enrolled nurse registration is not acceptable)


This course is not available to international students.

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"Choosing to study at QUT Online has been a transformative experience for me. The flexibility of online learning allowed me to effectively balance my work, family, and other responsibilities while expanding my knowledge and skills in gerontology. Despite facing various challenges, I persevered with the support of the Lead Unit Coordinator and Online Learning Advisors. The highlight of my study journey was embracing the difficult path to greatness, which proved to be immensely rewarding."

Rohini Lata QUT Online Graduate

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Career opportunities

Specialist health professional – care of older persons

Lead and drive complex care practices to support safe and effective care provided to the older person.

Care Manager

Assess and coordinate the care needs of the older person including medical, social and psychological needs.

Policy Analyst/Advocate

Promote policies and programs that advocate for the needs of the older person at the local, state and national levels.

Program Director/Coordinator

Work in organisations to manage programs and promote health and wellbeing of the older person, plan activities and oversee staff.

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