Activity Assistant/Gerontology

This short-term intensive Pathway is designed for students pursuing careers in community-based health, wellness and daycare programs for older adults, as well as skilled-nursing facilities. Students can complete the pathway in two terms while earning 24 credits and a certificate of completion.

Students will gain the skills to do assessments and documentation; design, schedule and implement appropriately designed activity programs, and understand the role that stress, nutrition and disease play in an individual's overall wellness. Students will also explore the socio-cultural conditions of the aging process through a life-course perspective.

Conveniently located:Classes will be held in a combination of formats including online, ITWeb and/or classroom instruction.

The next start date is Fall Term - September 22, 2014.


Students who attend as a Career Pathway student will also attend a weekly, 3-hour Career Planning course in addition to the Activity Assistant Pathway courses. In the Career Planning course students learn to hone their job search and internship development skills and receive job search support services until they find employment.

For more information on the next Activity Assistant/Gerontology Pathway and/or attending as a Career Pathways student, please come contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233.


  • Career Pathways students participate in a Career Planning course three hours each week.
  • Through the Career Planning course a cohort learning community is developed and supports students as they pursue employment in the field of gerontology.
  • Students earn college credit that may be applicable to the PCC Gerontology Associate of Applied Science degree.
  • Offered in partnership with the PCC Sylvania Gerontology Department.

Estimated Cost Of Training:
Term 1: $1,479.40
Term 2: $1,345.40
Total: $2,824.80

Training Cost Sheet

Note: The figures above are based on the 2012/13 PCC fee structure. They are approximations and subject to change without notice.


  • Students must possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Complete a COMPASS exam at a PCC testing office with placement into: Writing 121, Reading 115, and Math 20.
  • For information on a free workshop to prepare to take the college placement exam call 971-722-6218.

Course of Study

Course Number Course Name Credits
GRN 181 Exploring the Field of Aging 2
GRN 165 Activity Director Training 2
SOC 223 Sociology of Aging 4
WR 121    English Composition 4
WFTT 23 3-hour Career Planning course non-credit
Total Credits for Term 1 12
GRN 265 Activity Professional Training 1 3
HE 250 or HPE 295 Personal Health or Health and Fitness for Life 3
GRN 280B Gerontology Internship Seminar 1
GRN 280A Co-op Education: Gerontology Internship 4
GRN 282 Gerontology Professional Seminar 1
Total Credits for Term 2 12

What should I do next to get into the training?

  1. Apply for Admission to the College.
  2. Take the college placement exam workshop.
  3. Take the COMPASS College Placement exam. For exam schedules call one of the PCC testing centers .
  4. Complete the PCC online student orientation.
  5. Contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233.