2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Human Services - Senior Services and Activities Certificate

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PGM Code – 336C 

Program Description The Senior Services and Activities Certificate provides students with the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities for entry level employment working with seniors and with other populations where activities are helpful in increasing quality of life. It is intended for students with some prior education and training in human services, healthcare, or related fields who wish to expand their scope of practice. The certificate requirements include foundational courses, a set of specialty courses focused on increasing knowledge and skills in either senior services or activities, and a hands on experiential education component.

Settings where this certificate can be helpful include senior centers, retirement homes, adult family homes, skilled nursing care facilities, assisted living communities, adult daycare and treatment programs, advocacy programs, and community recreation centers.

The senior services courses are designed to provide students with information about the process of aging, and the special circumstances and challenges facing seniors and their families in contemporary society. The activities courses build skills in a variety of modalities of recreation and wellness, such as horticulture, art, music, movement, and group interaction.

All students complete a field practicum, jointly supervised by the faculty and professionals, in cooperation with community based agencies. This provides an opportunity to directly apply the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom to a relevant work setting.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Credit/Grade Requirements This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 44 credits as outlined. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds CC. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college level courses.

Students Are Advised To

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning,
  • Communicate with an academic adviser, and
  • Submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds CC.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

College Resources
College Website | www.edcc.edu
How to Enroll | www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer Center | www.edcc.edu/transfer
College Bookstore | www.edcc.edu/bookstore
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

The advisers for this program are
Karen Townsend | karen.townsend@edcc.edu | 425.640.1595
Tui Lindsey | tui.lindsey@edcc.edu | 425.640.1633
Christina Coiro | ccoiro@edcc.edu | 425.640.1981

Department website
Social and Human Services | www.edcc.edu/shs

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (33 credits)


  • Describe a range of therapeutic and recreational activities appropriate for diverse consumer populations, such as seniors or individuals with disabilities.
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively work with consumers using communication skills, group interaction, problem solving, ethical procedures, and crisis management techniques.
  • Demonstrate ability in case management tasks such as assessment, documentation, and referral procedures.

Career Management (7 credits)

OUTCOME: Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities, prepare an effective employment package, and present oneself positively in a job interview.

Course Notes

Not all courses are offered every quarter. Some elective courses are offered only once a year. Students are strongly urged to consult with their faculty adviser regarding their career objectives, interests, and schedule planning.

* This group of five courses (ACD 140, FSS 195, FSS 215, SHS 117 and SHS 200) also meets the requirements for the Prevention Specialist Certificate of Completion, which covers the educational component of the state of Washington’s Associate Prevention Professional (APP) credential.



Dean’s Signature and Date Adviser’s Signature and Date
Eff: summer 2014  |  Rev: 05/14  

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