Virginia Commonwealth University

Public UNIVERSITY IN THE East
College of Health Professions, 900 E. Leigh Street
Richmond VA, 23298


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JENNIFER PRYOR

PROGRAM CONTACT

804-828-1565

pryorjm@vcu.edu

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Department of Gerontology, founded in 1976, became a part of the College of Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University in January 1985. The department is well-known for the quality and innovation of its programs and for the scholarship and applied expertise of its faculty. The Department of Gerontology offers a variety of degree programs based on an interdisciplinary approach using the bio-psycho-social model. With a mission of promoting optimal aging for individuals and communities, Gerontology graduates further the person-centered mission of the department largely in the areas of administration, education, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. The Gerontology Department envisions continued commitment to service, scholarship, and education, with a focus on the DisruptAgeism and Elderhood Development paradigms. The NAB-accredited Assisted Living Administration specialty area within the M.S. in Gerontology program combines this framework with the competencies for assisted living administrators ensuring that future administrators are grounded in leadership, management, and Gerontological practice.

ACCREDITATION

AGEC, NAB (Assisted Living only)

TOTAL STUDENTS

30

STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO

5 to 1

Percentage of Graduates in Leadership Positions

99%

INTERNSHIP

Unpaid internship, 600 Hours, monitored by faculty supervisor and licensed preceptor

Partnerships

Alumni, Advisory Board, NAB, LeadingAge, state-level chapters of provider organizations