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Gerontology Certificate

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Make a difference in the lives of older adults with a Gerontology Certificate

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of older adults? The Gerontology Certificate at Clackamas Community College can help you turn your passion into a fulfilling career. Our program provides you with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with older adults in a variety of settings. You'll learn about the physical, social and emotional aspects of aging — as well as the latest trends and issues in gerontology.

The one-year certificate can provide significant coursework toward the two-year Human Services Generalist Associate Degree

Gerontology vs. Nursing assistant – gerontology specialist

CCC's Gerontology Certificate offers diverse courses, electives and personalized guidance alongside real-world experience to equip you with the skills and knowledge to excel in older adult care. Our Nursing Assistant - Gerontology Specialist Career Pathway Certificate, on the other hand, blends clinical training in nursing assistance with expertise in gerontology, enriching your caregiving skills with a deeper understanding of the medical aspects of aging. 

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

Required classes for the Gerontology Certificate

Job Outlook

Secure your future in the field of older adult care 

The population in the United States and around the world is aging, creating exciting opportunities to assist people as they adapt to the aging processThe Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in this field will grow by 11% between 2018 and 2028.  

With a Gerontology Certificate from Clackamas Community College, you'll be qualified for a variety of in-demand jobs, from social worker to nursing assistant to many more! 

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Get the caregiving skills you need to succeed as a gerontology professional 

The Gerontology Certificate at Clackamas Community College will help you develop the following skills:

  • Community navigation: Connect older adults with relevant community resources, including support programs, health care services and social activities.
  • Aging and health expertise: Distinguish between normal age-related changes and potential health concerns, including chronic illnesses and dementia.
  • Grief and loss support: Use knowledge of bereavement and communication skills to provide compassionate care and emotional support to grieving older adults. 
For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


See where your certificate can take you

The classes you take in this program can help you earn additional certificates or degrees. Take one step at a time and know that each step gets you closer to your future goals. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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