Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist, Career Pathway certificate
Why choose the Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist Career Pathway certificate at PCC?
AHTA accredited horticultural therapy certificate program
Our Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist (THAS) program is an American Horticultural Therapy Association accredited certificate program, which prepares students to apply for the Horticultural Therapist-Registered (HTR) designation.
PCC provides the core horticulture therapy requirements for registration as a horticultural therapist and a Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist certificate for students not yet meeting the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) registered horticultural therapist requirements. This enables students to develop the knowledge and skills to utilize therapeutic horticulture with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
The THAS program offers HTR-supervised internship opportunities meeting AHTA standards. See the AHTA internship handbook for more information.[opens in new window]
Certificate students who are not seeking HTR registration can find suitable locations to gain therapeutic horticulture experience using the PCC Cooperative Education internship system, provided through the Gerontology program’s GRN 280A internship credits (4 credits of internship are required for the THAS certificate, representing 120 work hours). Contact Melissa Bierman for details.
Therapeutic Learning Garden
PCC is in the process of developing our Therapeutic Learning Garden (TLG), the first healing and learning garden of its kind on a college campus. However, due to current budgeting challenges, fundraising and other development activities have been suspended until Summer 2019.
When completed, the garden will provide pioneering, replicable curricula for creating healing sanctuaries and vibrant learning environments. It will become a cutting-edge hub of natural and neurological innovation that will benefit PCC faculty, staff, and students, as well as surrounding neighborhood residents, the Portland Oregon metropolitan region, and beyond.
Sharing characteristics of all therapeutic gardens, this learning and healing garden will also offer:
- A practicum site for PCC’s horticultural therapy program.
- Nature-Neuro: PCC’s TLG has selected and embraced this term to capture the consilience of nature and neuroscience research.
- A laboratory applying cutting-edge research to design healing spaces and enriching learning activities.
- Formal and informal learning spaces for multiple disciplines and programs.
- A training site for professionals applying therapeutic horticulture.
- Demonstration areas for home, business, health facility, school, and park gardens.
- A natural, calming setting for restoration, meditation, reflection, and movement.
- Activity Directors and Life Enrichment Coordinators: $15 to $29 per hour or up to $60,320 per year
- Recreational Therapists, Horticultural Therapists, and Program Coordinators: $17.70 to $29.74 per hour or $61,861 per year
Horticultural Therapy sequence
Core therapeutic horticulture courses are now offered in 4 terms.
- Four terms: 6 courses, 14 credits
- Format: Online and remote delivery, with Zoom conferencing (recorded), videos, and other enhancements
- Location: Sylvania Campus
- Textbooks: THAS textbooks
- Registration and further information: Jan Abushakrah, Gerontology Department Chair
The intensive hybrid courses compress the on-campus requirement to just two Friday-evening/Saturday full-day class meetings, Summer through Winter terms, with three full-day Saturdays in the Spring term. See the detailed 2020-21 schedule.
Students must take all courses in sequence, except for students who have taken comparable courses at PCC or elsewhere, who may be able to start in mid-sequence. Contact Melissa Bierman for more information. The current sequence began in Summer 2020 (see the detailed 2020-21 schedule), in an all-online/remote format.
The next sequence will begin in the Summer 2021 term, and we will decide on whether or not to continue in an all-online/remote format by January 2021 (see detailed 2021-22 schedule). In the meantime, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our list of students interested in this sequence. Also, let us know if you are interested in taking courses required by AHTA that will be offered in Fall 2020 and Winter and Spring 2021 terms.
|Award||Length||Financial aid eligible||Currently accepting students?|
|Career Pathway Certificate: Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist||Less than 1 year|
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What will you learn?
Students completing this certificate will be able to:
- Work effectively with diverse populations in therapeutic gardens and therapeutic horticulture programs within pediatric, geriatric, psychiatric, offender, vocational and medical rehabilitation, educational, and other day or residential treatment facilities.
- Design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic garden and therapeutic horticulture programs that meet the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs of clients or patients.
- Complete the core therapeutic horticulture courses required to be registered as a Horticultural Therapist-Registered (HTR) by the American Horticultural Therapy Association.
- When combined with a bachelor’s (or other higher degree including 18 credits of human sciences and 18 credits of horticulture on the approved AHTA list) as well as an AHTA-approved 480-hour internship, the certificate prepares students for designation as an AHTA Horticultural Therapist-Registered (HTR).
- Oregon State University’s Horticulture BS degree offers a Therapeutic Horticulture option incorporating PCC’s core THAS courses, GRN 267-272. OSU’s BS degree is a great option for students who need a bachelor’s degree for AHTA’s HTR registration.
- Enhance their skills of health and human services as a professional, with training and education in related fields of rehabilitation, treatment, therapy, and care.
Course listing for the 2020-2021 catalog year.
|GRN 165||Basic Activity Director Training||2|
|GRN 166||Therapeutic Horticulture in Health and Human Services||1|
|GRN 234||Introduction to Dementia Care & Practice||4|
|GRN 267||Introduction to Professional Therapeutic Horticulture||3|
|GRN 268||Techniques & Adaptive Strategies in Therapeutic Horticulture||2|
|GRN 269||Therapeutic Horticulture Skills I||2|
|GRN 270||Therapeutic Horticulture Programming for Adults & Children||2|
|GRN 271||Therapeutic Horticulture Skills II||2|
|GRN 272||Therapeutic Garden Design, Maintenance & Programming||3|
|GRN 273||Interior Plants||3|
|GRN 280A||CE: Gerontology Internship 1||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|
Certificate candidates who have related work experience with aging adults may petition to substitute one credit for every 70 hours worked toward the required internship credits, up to a total of three credits.
What will you do?
Therapeutic horticulture activity specialists work with diverse populations in therapeutic gardens and horticultural therapy programs within pediatric, geriatric, psychiatric, offender, vocational and medical rehabilitation, and other day or residential treatment and care facilities and activity programs. General health and human services professionals may also integrate therapeutic horticulture into their practice. Horticultural therapists may also hold positions in rehabilitation, garden, farm, or other nature programming settings.
Their job titles may include therapeutic horticulturist, garden program coordinator, horticultural activity or life enrichment coordinator, school garden coordinator, or nature programming specialist.
For more information, download the THAS program brochure: Gerontology: Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist (THAS) certificate. Note that PCC Human Sciences and Horticulture classes that meet AHTA standards are listed in this description.
The credits earned in this Career Pathway certificate apply toward the Gerontology AAS degree.