Gerontology Advocacy, Career Pathway certificate
Why choose the Gerontology Advocacy Career Pathway certificate at PCC?
The 39-credit advocacy certificate is designed to advance the knowledge and develop the skills of those working with older persons to support them in navigating health, care, aging services, and other systems, and in finding and utilizing the resources and services they need to thrive. The certificate is also appropriate for any professional working on policy and program development in aging, disability, and related services to enhance their ability to advocate effectively, to collaborate with other professionals and diverse stakeholders, and to ensure accessibility, equity, and inclusion for the clients with whom they work.
The courses in this Career Pathway certificate are wholly contained within the state-approved Gerontology AAS degree and are financial aid and veterans benefits eligible.
- Social or Human Services Assistants: $13.75 to $19.53 per hour or $40,622 per year
- Case Managers or Social Services Coordinators: $422.49 to $30.65 per hour or $63,752 per year
Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.
|Award||Length||Financial aid eligible||Currently accepting students?|
|Career Pathway Certificate: Gerontology Advocacy||Less than 1 year|
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What will you learn?
Students completing this certificate will be able to:
- Use Gerontological research and theories to plan, implement, and contribute to programs, policies, and social change strategies for and with older persons in professional, institutional, and community settings.
- Communicate, collaborate, and access appropriate resources and services while working with other professionals and diverse stakeholders to advocate with and on behalf of older persons.
- Adhere to professional and ethical standards appropriate to one’s Gerontological areas of specialty while managing one’s career and taking advantage of continuing learning opportunities.
Course listing for the 2020-2021 catalog year.
|GRN 175||The Aging Mind||2|
|GRN 181||Exploring the Field of Aging||2|
|GRN 201||Understanding and Ending Ageism||2|
|GRN 240||Care and Service Coordination||3|
|GRN 245||Introduction to Guardianship in Oregon||1|
|GRN 247||Applied Legal and Policy Issues in Aging||2|
|GRN 280A||CE: Gerontology Internship||4|
|GRN 280B||Gerontology Internship Seminar||1|
|GRN 282||Gerontology Professional Seminar||2|
|PSY 236||Psychology of Adult Development and Aging||4|
|SOC 223||Sociology of Aging||4|
|SOC 230||Introduction to Gerontology||4|
|SOC 231||Sociology of Health & Aging||4|
|SOC 232||Death and Dying: Culture and Issues||4|
|or SOC 234||Death: Crosscultural Perspectives|
What will you do?
Depending on their prior experience and education, Gerontology Advocacy certificate graduates assume positions in aging services, long-term care, and healthcare with job titles like the following:
- Aging Life Manager
- Care Manager
- Care and Service Coordinator
- Community and Social Service Specialist (or Manager)
- Healthcare Navigator
- Personal Advocate
- Social and Human Services Assistant
- Social Services Coordinator
- Social Services Navigator