Aging and Neuroscience
The Graduate Certificate in Aging and Neuroscience offers students the opportunity to do graduate-level study that focuses on Neuroscience, Aging and Brain Repair. Students study anatomy, physiology, pathology, and molecular biology of the nervous system, and how these disciplines relate to behavioral sciences and modern therapeutic advances.
The graduate certificate offers students flexibility in class scheduling and focused course work. Graduates will develop the specialized skills needed to work in research and/or clinical environments, in hospital, laboratory, industry, or university settings, where specialized knowledge of Neuroscience is required. In addition to medical residents, the certificate is also intended for students who are not yet committed to pursuing a graduate degree. It is anticipated that some students will apply for master's or Ph.D. degrees offered by USF's Health Science Center.
The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus and partially online.
Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
9 to 12 total credit hours are required. (Exemption is possible with advanced standing):
- GMS 6707 – Basic Medical Neuroscience (3)
- GMS 6771 – Aging & Neuroscience (3)
Select one or more of the following electives:
- GMS 6735 - Neuropharmacology (3)
- GMS 7930 - Special Topics: Stem Cells in Brain Repair (3)
- GMS 7930 - Aging and Neuroscience - 008 (3)
- GMS 6201 – Basic Medical Biochemistry (3)*
- GMS 6440 – Basic Medical Physiology (3)*
- GMS 6772 – Spinal Cord: Development, Pathology and Therapy (3)
- GMS 6908 – Medical Science Independent Study (1-3)
The courses with asterisk are only available online
Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.
Credit toward graduate degree
Up to 9 hours or 2 courses of certificate course credits at or above the 6000 level may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.