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Why Employers Should Enroll Employees in UF’s Online Graduate Program in Gerontology

One of the most successful ways for students to gain management support for continuing education is to submit a formal proposal to a direct supervisor outlining why they believe the organization will benefit from this type of training. For professionals who work in a hospital, outpatient center, or assisted living facility, UF’s online program in gerontology can be a great benefit.

As a first step, students find out if their organization has a professional development policy. If so, they must determine if there is a form to fill out and if there is a specified amount of funding available per employee. Next, students should review this website to determine what aspects of the training will help them in their daily role and will help their organization. Third, they must begin preparing their proposal.

Please note that graduate certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may ask employers to help with the cost. If students choose to pursue UF’s master’s degree in gerontology, federal financial aid is available.

Why Earn a Graduate Certificate or Master’s Degree in Gerontology?

For students interested in enhancing their knowledge base, UF’s online program in gerontology is the place to start. Credits from the graduate certificate can be transferred toward the master’s degree later, if admitted. This program is beneficial for many professionals, including doctors, nurses, therapists, and assisted living directors.

How to Create a Successful Proposal

  1. List the organization’s goals and objectives and identify how they relate to the curriculum’s educational objectives. View graduate certificate and master’s degree courses and course descriptions.
  2. Address the cost of the program. Learn about tuition and program costs here. The cost per credit hour is $550 plus fees. Remember, a campus visit is not required. All coursework is offered conveniently online. Students can also continue to work full time while they earn their graduate certificate or master’s degree.
  3. Even if the student chooses to have a conversation with their employer rather than writing a formal proposal, it would be a good idea to have a list of the reasons why this program will enable them to better perform their job or move into a higher position. Look through the curriculum for details on what students learn or how it will improve the level of care they can provide.

Overcoming Objections

Our students have overcome objections before starting our program. Here is how to handle them:

“It is too expensive and we lack the funds.”

  • It can only benefit an employer if it makes the employee more qualified in their position. The education provided by the University of Florida is an invaluable tool for the employee and employer to gain a deeper understanding of aging and the many issues specific to the aging population.

"I have worked with the aging population for years. Why should I take this now?"

  • During this program, students will gain foundational knowledge that they may have not learned yet. They will learn about best practices and important concepts that apply to their daily roles. Students will discover new ways to approach health issues, social issues, or other problems with their patients. Our faculty are researchers themselves, who are at the forefront of geriatric research so students will also benefit from their experience.

"Why not attend a conference instead?"

  • Conferences are a great place to network and learn, but it is difficult to dig into this content as deeply at the graduate level as students do in UF’s online program. During this series of courses, students will be exposed to some familiar and new concepts, and will still have the opportunity to network with fellow students and professors. We suggest going through the curriculum to find examples of learning outcomes that would be useful to the employee and organization.

At a Glance