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Advanced Behavioral and Cognition Care, Career Pathway certificate

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Why choose Advanced Behavior Cognitive Care Career Pathway Certificate at PCC?

  • Easy access (open start) and exit program.
  • Online (asynchronous) format, with some optional in-person, live-streamed, and video-recorded class meetings.
  • Applied, interactive learning format.
  • Faculty expertise both inside the classroom and within the community.
  • Personal Care Provider: $13.57 per hour or $28,231 per year
  • Healthcare Aids: $16.54 per hour or $34,421 per year
  • Social and Community Service Managers (Adult Daycare Director): $31.16 per hour or $64,827 per year
  • Medical and Health Service Managers (Memory Care Administrator): $58.19 per hour or $121,027 per year

Award information

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

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What will you learn?

Students who complete this certificate program will be prepared to:

  • Work effectively as an advanced care provider with diverse individuals or groups of older persons experiencing cognitive decline, dementia, and other challenging behavioral and cognitive conditions, in long term care, adult daycare, home, and community settings.
  • Conduct gerontological research relevant to advanced care issues, and apply the research to practice.
  • Adhere to professional and ethical care standards.
  • Continue to develop professional care knowledge and skills through continuing education and training.


Course listing for the 2020-2021 catalog year.

GRN 175The Aging Mind2
GRN 176Cognitive Activity Design2
GRN 181Exploring the Field of Aging2
GRN 234Introduction to Dementia Care & Practice4
GRN 240Care and Service Coordination3
GRN 245Introduction to Guardianship in Oregon1
GRN 247Applied Legal and Policy Issues in Aging2
GRN 280ACE: Gerontology Internship 14
GRN 280BGerontology Internship Seminar1
GRN 282Gerontology Professional Seminar2
PSY 236Psychology of Adult Development and Aging4
SOC 223Sociology of Aging4
SOC 231Sociology of Health & Aging4
Total Credits35

What will you do?

Advanced Behavioral and Cognitive Care Specialists may work under a wide range of titles that continue to grow and transform as the changing nature of the population experiencing cognitive impairment and dementia presents new challenges, and care facilities and programs adjust accordingly. The following represents a partial list:

  • Personal care provider, home care provider, or resident assistant for dementia care
  • Certified Nursing Assistant – Dementia Care (CNA2)
  • Dementia care assistant, specialist, coordinator, director, or consultant
  • Memory care residential unit or daycare center assistant, specialist, coordinator, director, or consultant

Various healthcare, social work, care manager, care planner, and facility administrator positions would be enhanced by a dementia care specialization. The ABCC Certificate also complements the Activity Professional Career Pathway Certificates for Activity Professionals working in Memory Care Units or long term care settings including a high percentage of persons with cognitive impairment or dementia. Other professionals working with the older population working in public, non-profit, and private sectors could similarly benefit from the Certificate. These would include professionals working as social services directors, conservators, and guardians, hospice workers, or in placement agencies and financial services.

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