• 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.


    Current CPR certificate is required.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate the academic skills necessary to continue the study of gerontology at the next educational level,
    • apply gerontological concepts to practice settings working with older adults,
    • demonstrate an understanding of current community resources available to older adults and how to access them,
    • communicate effectively with co-workers and clients of all ages,
    • differentiate between normal aging and disease processes associated with aging, especially chronic illness and dementia;
    • provide support to older adults grieving a loss (including the death of a loved one) by utilizing knowledge and skills of grief and bereavement.


    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


    FALL TERM Credits

    GRN-181 Issues in Aging 3

    HE-151 Body and Drugs I

    or HE-255 Body and Alcohol 3

    WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing

    or WR-121 English Composition 3-4

    — — Gerontology program elective 3-4

    — — Human Relations requirement (Recommended: PSY-101) 3-4

    WINTER TERM Credits

    GRN-182 Aging & the Body 3

    GRN-184 Aging & the Individual 3

    HS-154 Community Resources 3

    HS-156 Interviewing Theory and Techniques 3

    — — Gerontology program elective 3-4

    SPRING TERM Credits

    GRN-183 Death & Dying 3

    GRN-280 Gerontology/CWE 3

    HS-170 Preparation for Field Experience in Human Services 3

    MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I

    or MTH-065 Algebra II 3-4

    — — Gerontology program elective 3-4

    Credits required for certificate 45-51


    COURSE Credits

    COMM-140 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4

    CS-120 Survey of Computing 4

    ED-258 Multicultural Education 3

    FN-110 Personal Nutrition 3

    HE-152 Body and Drugs II 3

    HS-100 Introduction to Human Services 3

    HS-103 Ethics for Human Services Workers 2

    HS-130 Introduction to Hospice 3

    HS-165 Activity Director for Long Term Care 3

    HS-211 HIV, TB & Infectious Diseases 1

    HS-216 Group Counseling Skills 3

    HS-260 Victim Advocacy and Assistance 4

    NUR-100 Nursing Assistant I 7

    NUR-100C Nursing Assistant I Lab 0

    NUR-101 Certified Nursing Assistant 2 5

    NUR-101C Certified Nursing Assistant 2 Lab 0

    PSY-219 Abnormal Psychology 4

    PSY-221 Introduction to Counseling 4

    Other electives may be approved by the Gerontology program advisor.

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