Gerontology Student Transcript Evaluation and Course Planning Guide

Gerontology Transcript Evaluation

Previous college course work may be applied toward your certificate or degree. For an evaluation, please request official transcripts from any colleges or universities you have attended be sent to:

Jan Abushakrah

Jan Abushakrah
Gerontology Program Director
Social Sciences Division
Portland Community College - Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland OR 97219
971-722-4077

If you are a current PCC student or have attended PCC in the past, contact Jan with your dates of attendance, your name as it appears on PCC registration, and your Student ID, so that she can access your transcripts.

Please Note: If you are not a Gerontology Program student, please contact Student Records for direction on having your transcripts evaluated.

Placement Testing

All degree or certificate seeking students must take placement exams in reading, writing, and mathematics. PCC Testing offers both Compass and Asset placements tests, that can be scheduled on any PCC campus. See the online schedule of testing times. If you are attending or live near another community college, you can take their placement tests and any reading, writing or math courses you need to be ready to enter WR121 and MTH65 for the degree or MTH 20 for a short-term Certificate of Completion or One-Year Certificate. If you prefer to take your Writing and Math courses online from PCC, you can fax your Asset or Compass scores to the PCC Sylvania Testing Center at: 971-722-8134

Course Waivers

In some cases, CEU coursework, non-traditional credit, or elective courses not included in PCC's certificate or degree electives may be substituted for elective hours. These are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Certificate or degree candidates who are currently working in the field with aging adults and have accumulated at least 200 hours of work experience may petition to receive credit up to 90 clock hours (3 credit hours) toward the required internship (cooperative education) hours.

Please submit documentation of CEU, non-traditional, or elective coursework as well as documentation of work experience hours to Jan Abushakrah for evaluation.

Course Planning

Once you have completed the transcript evaluation and obtained waivers for work experience or previous coursework, plan out a course of study based on a schedule that fits your life, through online or classroom-based courses. Using the Course Planning Checklist Jan will return to you, consult the Gerontology Core and Elective Courses schedule for online and classroom courses, for course availability each term. You should consult with Jan periodically for advising, preferably when you are registering each term to ensure that you are on track to achieve your educational goals. When you are within two terms of graduating, you should complete the Application for Graduation, which you can complete online or on any PCC campus. Consult the MyPCC Gerontology Program Group for academic notices, as well as information about internships and job openings.