CULLOWHEE Western Carolina University will offer an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate study in the field of gerontology during the fall semester in Henderson County.

Western's graduate-level program is designed for individuals who already hold bachelor's or higher level degrees in any field. Students may apply for the 15-semester hour certificate or pursue a master's degree in health sciences with a concentration in gerontology.

Classes will meet at the Kellogg Center in Hendersonville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two Saturdays during the fall semester, with follow-up study online. The curriculum is designed for individuals in health and allied health professions, as well as business professionals, clergy, non-profit leaders, financial professionals and legal professionals.

Western also will offer an 18-semester hour undergraduate certificate in gerontology. Prospective students may include certified nursing assistants, those who hold associate's degrees in nursing, nursing home administrators, those serving in eldercare ministries, and business owners who serve older adults.

Applicants should hold a high school diploma. Courses are Web-enhanced and will meet at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock once a month for discussion and interaction with the instructor and other students in the classes. Other assignments, discussions and chats will be completed online.

Both programs are designed for adults who work full time and live within a two-hour radius of Henderson County.

For more information, call the Division of Distance and Continuing Education toll free at (800) 928-4968, or contact Marcia Caserio, Western's regional director of education outreach, at (828) 694-1829 or via e-mail at mcaserio@wcu.edu.

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