• Gerontology


    The Gerontology program offers a one-year certificate on the study of aging, which is designed for individuals who work with older people. The one-year certificate can provide significant coursework towards the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services.

    Program Requirements

    Current CPR certificate is required.

    Program Outcomes

    This program provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary for many entry-level positions working with older people in health and social service settings, senior centers, and residential facilities for the elderly.


    Career opportunities include activity director, volunteer coordinator, senior services case worker, information and referral worker, client advocate, and administrative and support personnel in senior residential facilities.

    For more information, contact Yvonne Smith at 503-594-3207 or yvonnes@clackamas.edu  


    • Complete the following requirements.

    • GRN-181 Issues in Aging 
      • TAKE HE-151 OR HE-255.
      HE-151 Body & Drugs I 
      HE-255 Body & Alcohol 
      • TAKE WR-121 OR WR-101.
      WR-121 English Composition 
      WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing 
    • Complete the following requirements.

    • GRN-182 Aging and the Body 
      GRN-184 Aging & the Individual 
      HS-154 Community Resources 
      HS-156 Interviewing Theory & Techniques 
    • Complete the following requirements.

    • GRN-183 Death and Dying 
      • TAKE 3 CREDITS OF GRN-280.
      GRN-280 Gerontology/Cooperative Work Experience 
      HS-170 Preparation for Field Experience in Human Services 
      • TAKE MATH-050 OR MTH-065.
      MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I 
      MTH-065 Algebra II 

    Gerontology Program Electives

    • Take 9 credits of Gerontology Program Electives.

      COMM-140 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 
      CS-120 Survey of Computing 
      ED-258 Multicultural Education 
      FN-110 Personal Nutrition 
      HE-152 Body & Drugs II 
      HS-100 Introduction to Human Services 
      HS-103 Ethics for Human Service Workers 
      HS-130 Introduction to Hospice Care 
      HS-165 Activity Director 
      HS-211 HIV, TB & Infectious Diseases 
      HS-216 Group Counseling Skills 
      HS-260 Victim Advocacy & Assistance 
      HS-267 Intervention Strategies Working with Families
      NUR-100 Nursing Assistant I
      NUR-100C Nursing Assistant I Lab
      NUR-101 Certified Nursing Assistant 2
      NUR-101C Certified Nursing Assistant 2 Lab
      PSY-219 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 
      PSY-221 Introduction to Counseling 

    Human Relations Requirement

    • Complete the following requirement.

      ANT-102 Archaeology & Prehistory 
      ANT-103 Cultural Anthropology 
      BA-285 Human Relations in Business 
      ED-258 Multicultural Education 
      HST-101 History of Western Civilization 
      HST-102 History of Western Civilization 
      HST-103 History of Western Civilization 
      HST-201 History of the United States 
      HST-202 History of the United States 
      HST-203 History of the United States 
      PS-203 U.S. Government: State & Local Institutions 
      PS-205 International Relations 
      PSY-101 Human Relations 
      PSY-110 Psychology: An Overview 
      PSY-200 Psychology As A Natural Science 
      PSY-205 Psychology As a Social Science 
      PSY-214 Introduction to Personality 
      PSY-215 Introduction to Developmental Psychology 
      PSY-219 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 
      PSY-221 Introduction to Counseling 
      PSY-231 Introduction to Human Sexuality 
      PSY-240 Interpersonal Awareness & Growth 
      SOC-204 Introduction to Sociology 
      SOC-205 Social Stratification & Social Systems 
      SOC-206 Institutions & Social Change 
      SOC-225 Social Problems 
      COMM-100 Basic Speech Communication 
      COMM-105 Listening 
      COMM-112 Persuasive Speaking 
      COMM-126 Communication Between the Sexes 
      COMM-140 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 
      COMM-218 Interpersonal Communication 
      COMM-227 Nonverbal Communication 

    Gerontology CPR

    • Current CPR certificate is also required for a certificate in Gerontology.

    • NUR-008 Nursing Special Courses 
  • Contact our Health Sciences Department

    Harmony Campus - 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

    Call us: 503-594-0650

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