Program of Merit

The National Review of Educational Programs in Gerontology

The Program of Merit is a voluntary program of evaluation for AGHE member and nonmember institutions that offer either gerontology programs (degree and non-degree granting) and/or health professions programs whose curricula integrates gerontology/geriatrics content. The Program of Merit designation gives gerontology and health professions programs an AGHE “stamp of excellence” that they can use to verify program quality, lobby within their institutions for additional resources to maintain program quality, market the program, and recruit prospective students.

Each program is evaluated according to its own goals and objectives. The Program of Merit Brochure describes the program evaluation process, lists resources to use in the evaluation, answers frequently asked questions, describes how to apply, and includes an evaluation form. The new Program of Merit for Health Professions Brochure  is now available. For more information on applying for the Program of Merit designation for your school, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Program of Merit Designation:

American River College, Associate of Arts Degree in Gerontology

Ithaca College, Major in Aging Studies

McDaniel College, Undergraduate Minor in Gerontology Program

Missouri State University, Bachelor of Science Degree in Gerontology

Northeastern Illinois University, Master of Art in Gerontology

University of Indianapolis, Master of Science in Gerontology

University of Iowa, Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies Program

University of Nevada Reno, Gerontology Certificate, Undergraduate Minor

University of Utah, Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program (GIP) Master of Science

Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Applied Gerontology

Winston-Salem State University, Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology

Program of Merit for Health Professions Designation:

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation

Links to resources:

POM Reviewer Application | Standards and Guidelines | Gerontoloy Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education | Core Principles and Outcomes

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