UNR’s Sanford Center earns ‘Program of Merit’ for gerontology certificate program

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The Certificate in Gerontology from the Sanford Center for Aging has been unanimously voted to "Program of Merit" status by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

"We're delighted that the certificate program has been recognized as a Program of Merit," said Peter Reed, Ph.D., director of the Sanford Center. "It highlights the tremendous opportunities students have here for world-class education in the field of aging and aging studies."  

Sanford's certificate program is now one of only two in the U.S. with that designation. The Sanford Center is part of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.  

In its award letter, the academy cited the certificate program's service learning component, along with its availability to a wide range of students.  

"The certificate offers community professionals and non-degree-seeking students an important way to enhance their career opportunities with additional training in gerontology," Reed said.  

The program is part of the Sanford Center's Gerontology Academic Program (GAP). The GAP team develops gerontology education on campus and throughout the community. In addition to prescribed coursework, GAP students complete at least 135 hours of local service learning.  

In March, the academy recognized another GAP program - the Minor in Gerontology - as a Program of Merit. Twenty-five students graduated from UNR with a gerontology minor and/or certificate in the 2018-19 academic year. Both the minor and the certificate programs will be honored at the academy's national meeting in November.  

The Sanford Center for Aging was founded at UNR to enhance the quality of life and well-being among elders through academics, translational research and outreach.  

For more information, contact the center at (775) 784-4774, email sanford@unr.org, or visit med.unr.edu/aging.

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