Gerontology Professional, career pathway
Why choose the Gerontology Professional Career Pathway certificate at PCC?
The Gerontology Professional Certificate is designed to ensure students acquire the necessary competencies to function effectively in the different types of work settings within the diverse and ever-changing field of aging, particularly in the three focal areas of advocacy, end of life and cognitive care. This certificate replaced three previous certificates: Gerontology Advocacy, Advanced Behavioral & Cognitive Care, and End of Life Care & Support. Students who have already declared any of those three certificates can complete them and have them awarded. Those same students would be eligible as of the Fall 2021 term to also earn the Gerontology Professional Certificate.
Salary information on the wide range of potential career opportunities that may be available for a Gerontology Professional Certificate graduate include:
- Personal Care Provider: $13.57 average hourly wage or $28,231 average annual wage
- Healthcare Aids: $16.54 average hourly wage or $34,421 average annual wage
- Social and Community Service Managers: $31.16 average hourly wage or $64,827 average annual wage (Adult Day Care Director)
- Medical and Health Service Managers: $58.19 average hourly wage or $121,027 average annual wage (Memory Care Administrator)
- Bereavement/Mental Health Counselors: $29.06 average hourly wage or $60,435 average annual wage
- Social Workers: $34.64 average hourly wage or $72,067 average annual wage
- Funeral Directors: $41.66 average hourly wage or $86,657 average annual wage
- Medical and Health Service Managers: $58.19 average hourly wage or $121,027 average annual wage (Hospice Administrator)
- Aging Life Manager, and Care Manager: $16.50 per hour and $32,178 average annual wage (Case Manager) – $32.01 per hour and $66,582 average annual wage (Social and Community Service Managers)
- Care & Service Coordinator and Healthcare Navigator: $15.41 per hour and $32,057 average annual wage (Personal Care and Service Workers) – $59.57 per hour and $123,899 average annual wage (Medical and Health Services Managers)
- Personal Advocate: 22.59 per hour and $46,987 average annual wage (Patient Advocate)
- Social & Human Services Assistant, Social Services Coordinator, and Social Services Navigator: $32.01 per hour and $66,582 average annual wage (Social and Community Service Managers)
- Chaplains and Spiritual Counselors: $26.19 per hour and $54,476 average annual wage
- Insurance agents specializing in Life and Long-Term Care Insurance: $37.09 per hour and $77,152 average annual wage
- Financial Advisors: $58.17 per hour and $120,989 average annual wage
- Guardians and Conservators: $28.47 per hour and $59,215 average annual wage (Paralegals and Legal Assistants)
As a Career Pathway student, you can get one-on-one support to help you access resources, services, and employment. You may also be eligible for financial support to help you with the costs of college.Get connected
|Award||Length||Financial aid eligible||Currently accepting students?|
|Career Pathway Certificate: Gerontology Professional||Less than 1 year|
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What will you learn?
Students successfully completing this certificate will be able to:
- Plan, implement and contribute to research-based programs, policies, and practices for and with older persons in professional, institutional and community settings.
- Apply best practices of person-centered and directed care and support of older persons, working effectively with all stakeholders, including professionals, family and social support networks.
- Work effectively in a variety of settings as an advanced care provider serving diverse individuals or groups of older persons experiencing cognitive and behavioral challenges.
- Assess, document and advocate for the resources and support needs and assets of older persons and their family and social support network.
- Advocate for family members and dying persons through the end-of-life process, including social, psychological, medical, financial, legal, and spiritual issues related to care and support.
- Adhere to professional and ethical standards appropriate to one’s gerontological areas of specialty while managing one’s career and continuing to develop professional knowledge and skills through education and training.
Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.
|GRN 175||The Aging Mind||2|
|GRN 176||Cognitive Activity Design||2|
|GRN 181||Exploring the Field of Aging||2|
|GRN 201||Understanding and Ending Ageism||2|
|GRN 233||Supporting End of Life||4|
|GRN 234||Introduction to Dementia Care & Practice||4|
|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 credits total)||4|
|GRN 280B||Gerontology Internship Seminar||1|
|GRN 282||Gerontology Professional Seminar||2|
|SOC 223||Sociology of the Life Course||4|
|SOC 230||Introduction to Gerontology||4|
|SOC 231||Sociology of Healthy Aging||4|
What will you do?
Depending on their prior experience and education, Gerontology Professional certificate graduates assume positions in aging and social services, long-term care, end of life care, healthcare, and other career paths with job titles like the following:
- Aging Life Manager
- Care Manager
- Care & Service Coordinator
- Community & Social Service Specialist (or Manager)
- Healthcare Navigator
- Personal Advocate
- Social & Human Services Assistant
- Social Services Coordinator
- Social Services Navigator
- Personal Care Provider
- Certified Nursing Assistant – Dementia Care
- Dementia Care Assistant, Specialist, Coordinator, Director, Consultant
- Memory Care Residential Unit or Day Care Center Assistant, Specialist, Coordinator, Director, Consultant
- Chaplains and Spiritual Counselors
- Funeral Directors
- Insurance agents specializing in Life and Long-Term Care Insurance
- Financial Advisors
- Guardians and Conservators
- Paralegals and lawyers providing elder law services
- Healthcare Aides
- Resident Assistants in care facilities
- Personal Home Care Assistants
- Social Workers
- Bereavement Counselors
- Therapists working with massage, touch, art, music, pet, horticultural, environmental and other modalities
- Hospice Volunteer Coordinators
- Hospice Administrators
- End of Life Instructors
- End of Life Researchers