Education and Training Resources for Students

The need for new professionals seeking careers in aging research and geriatric care has never been greater. To foster the next generation of leaders in these fields, Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Senior Services offers interested students a variety of opportunities to learn more, including a summer experience for high school students.

Through its partnerships at the University of Pittsburgh, undergraduate students can participate in select Institute programs and presentations.

Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Senior Services regularly presents courses and special programs to students attending regional schools of nursing.

A graduate certificate in gerontology is available at the University of Pittsburgh. Employees of UPMC can apply for scholarship funding from Education and Consultative Services of UPMC Senior Services to pursue this certificate.

Available Education and Training Resources

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
In response to current and anticipated educational needs in the field of aging, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research and the Council on Aging established the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.

The graduate certificate program offers a broad range of coursework to appeal to professionals of diverse disciplines and from a variety of industries. The certificate program is for any professional who has obtained a bachelor’s degree and offers the opportunity to gain an enhanced understanding of gerontology theory and research.

The graduate certificate program can be completed online and potentially within 9 months. Please inquiry with the program to learn more about possible time frames.

Scholarship Details

Four scholarships will be rewarded. 

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Work with older adults or are looking to begin a career in the geriatric field
  • Must be a full-time employee at UPMC
  • Must have already obtained a bachelor's degree
  • Must meet general admission criteria for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Program
  • Must be accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Program (Apply online)

Application Process:

Those meeting the above criteria and interested in applying for the scholarship must submit the following to Jennifer Bissell at

  • A one-page letter of intent that describes your financial need for the scholarship
  • Two letters of recommendation

Deadline: June 30, 2023

Please e-mail with any questions.

Registration Information
For additional information on the program, how to register, or to sign up for an information session, contact:

Jennifer K. Bissell, Program Coordinator
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
University of Pittsburgh
3343 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
FORBL Room 225
412-624-1019 phone
412-624-4810 fax