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Activity Professional, Career Pathway certificate

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The Gerontology Program is pleased to announce a new state-approved 30-credit Activity Professional certificate. This certificate replaces our previous three activity certificates.

Why choose the Activity Professional Career Pathway certificate at PCC?

This certificate is designed to prepare graduates for activity, life enrichment, and wellness positions in long-term care settings, adult day programs, assisted living, and retirement communities. It also provides students the knowledge and skills to apply for Activity Professional-Board Certified (AP-BC) certification by the National Association of Activity Professionals Credentialing Center, with required work experience, continuing education, and successful completion of the NAAPCC Competency Exam.

The courses in this Career Pathway Certificate are wholly contained within the state-approved Gerontology AAS degree, and students can declare it through enrollment services, by emailing enroll@pcc.edu[opens in new window] with their G-number and proceed to take courses. Contact gero@pcc.edu[opens in new window] for further information and advising.

Award information

Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Career Pathway Certificate: Activity ProfessionalLess than 1 year

Learn more about Gerontology and all 4 awards available »


What will you learn?

Students successfully completing this certificate will be able to:

  • Provide appropriate and effective activity programs that enhance quality of life for older persons and persons with disabilities in long-term care and memory care facilities, community and day programs.
  • Demonstrate ability to complete assessment and documentation meeting state and federal requirements.
  • Meet the standards of practice for development and implementation of comprehensive activity programs for all levels of cognition, physical functioning, and psycho-social needs, based on a person-centered, person-directed approach.
  • Meet the knowledge requirements of the National Association of Activity Professionals Credentialing Center (NAAPCC)’s certification.


Course listing for the 2021-2022 catalog year.

GRN 165Basic Activity Director Training2
GRN 175The Aging Mind2
GRN 176Cognitive Activity Design2
GRN 181Exploring the Field of Aging2
GRN 264Advanced Activity Professional Training3
GRN 280ACE: Gerontology Internship4
GRN 280BGerontology Internship Seminar1
GRN 282Gerontology Professional Seminar2
SOC 223Sociology of the Life Course4
SOC 230Introduction to Gerontology4
SOC 231Sociology of Healthy Aging4
Total Credits30

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