Department of Family, Aging & Counseling
Welcome to the new Department of Family, Aging & Counseling, offering programs focused on the health and well-being of families, communities and individuals, across the lifespan.
Our undergraduate programs in family services and gerontology provide a strong foundation on family dynamics and healthy aging, preparing students for a future career or advanced education across a variety of fields and placements.
Master of Arts in Counseling
UNI’s Counseling Program caters to student needs by providing one-on-one advising, intimate class size, and small student-to-faculty ratios. Classes are largely based on interactive discussion and application of counseling skills. Students gain valuable, hands-on experience through a rigorous practicum and internship with highly skilled and trained professionals currently in the field.
As the ONLY four-year gerontology program in the state of Iowa, UNI prepares students for a career in caring.
The major offers two tracks: social sciences and long-term care administration. Approximately half of UNI gerontology students work in nursing homes after graduation, with others working in a wide variety of senior support services.
Dementia Simulation House
The Department of Family, Aging & Counseling also houses UNI's Dementia Simulation House, an innovative hands-on learning experience that helps educate campus and community partners on what it’s like to live with dementia.