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Interprofessional Geriatric Practice


The advanced practice certificate in Interprofessional Geriatric Practice provides healthcare practitioners, such as clinical educators or supervisors and current faculty, with knowledge and practice in interprofessional education principles, current geriatric theory and practice and andragogy.

Students will experience interprofessional collaboration in geriatrics and education/training methods for implementation into curricula and training programs. This certificate prepares the student to incorporate interprofessional education into current courses. It prepares health educators to develop future innovative interprofessional geriatric health care courses and clinical training experiences. 

Program Features

  • Four graduate level courses (a total of 12 credits)
  • The certificate can be completed in 12 months
  • Designed for busy professionals; all courses are 100% online
  • Courses are designed to interface with the OTD program at Jefferson and may be used for graduate credit toward a Doctorate degree in that program

21st Century Learning

  • Learners have access to Jefferson’s educational resources including virtual library, electronic journals, videos and state of the art technology services and tools to support asynchronous and synchronous modalities, webinars, discussion boards, chats and collaborative learning between learners and facilitators.
  • The program is designed for educators and practicing professionals in the field who are unable to meet face to face. Courses are offered online and the program can be completed in 12 months.
  • Interprofessional collaboration and education with faculty, staff, students from a variety of health/healthcare professions to help increase knowledge in the field

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Active professional licensure/registration or certification


The curriculum consists of four graduate-level courses (a total of 12 credits) that can be used toward a master’s or doctoral degree.



IPE 765 Interprofessional Healthcare Education


IPE 766 Interprofessional Topics in Contemporary Geriatric Health Care Practice


Teaching Elective (choose one)

MSED 501 – The Adult Learner
MSED 502 – Psychology of the Adult Learner
MSED 503 – Methods in Healthcare Education
MSED 506 – Online Course Development and Delivery


IPE 767 Mentored Interprofessional Geriatric Health Care Practice Project (Final Course for the certificate)



Tuition is assessed per credit at the graduate level. Please visit the Registrar’s tuition page to view the current fees. Use the drop down menu to choose Jefferson School of Health Professions and Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program to view current per credit tuition rate. University technology and library fees are assessed each semester.

Jefferson alumni receive a 25% tuition discount. Employers may have funds budgeted to pay for tuition, either as tuition reimbursement programs or continuing education funds. For information about how to pay tuition and a monthly payment program click here.

Yes. The complete certificate is 12 credits, all of which will transfer into the OTD program at Jefferson. Courses are taught at the graduate level and may be transferred to another institution.

Classes meet online generally one evening per week.

The program is designed for part-time study so that practicing therapists can complete the certificate while maintaining employment and personal obligations. Students can expect to spend 3 hours a week in an online class and additional time for reading and completing assignments.

Professional Development Units (PDU) for these courses are available through your professional organization.

The curriculum allows for a dynamic interactive learning environment using the latest technology for distance learning which allows access to a variety of experts on specific topic areas.

Jefferson’s resources, including library collections, services and technology, are easy to navigate via a distance format. The instructor will guide you through this process. 

Contact Info

Course Coordinator & Primary Instructor
Stephen Kern, PhD
Certificate Program Director


Hillary Beach
Program Assistant, Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware Geriatric Education Center

Students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.

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