How to Become a Gerontologist in South Carolina - SC
As you start down the road towards becoming a gerontologist in South Carolina, you should first decide what, exactly, sort of career you want to pursue. Gerontologists have many options in the state, with some becoming social workers, others caregivers, nutritionists, administrators, and program directors.
Gerontology is a very much in-demand profession, and as such, you’ll be able to find in South Carolina the online or off-line school that’s the best fit for your career. While looking, consider both the length of the education program you’ll need, what subjects you want to emphasize, and whether or not the school is accredited by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. This last step isn’t necessary, but will ensure your program is recognized in states that do require it, and that your education is the best it can be.
As you near graduation, whether you’ve gone to school for two years, or six, you should consider becoming certified by the Gerontological Society of America. Again, this isn’t necessary, but communicates to future employers how dedicated and passionate you are about your career, as well as providing networking opportunities with other gerontologists in South Carolina, and keeping you up-to-date on what’s happening nationwide with your career.
Most allied health professionals in South Carolina are subject to licensure, and sometimes required to pass national competency exams, before they can practice. South Carolina does not currently regulate gerontologists very strictly, though nurses, physician’s assistants, and respiratory technicians who’ve specialized in gerontology will need to become licensed from the state board. And, of course, any allied health professional who becomes certified in gerontology will still need to satisfy the licensure and certification requirements of their own profession; Occupational Therapists, for example, will still need to pass the NBCOT exam, and complete 10 or so hours of continuing education every year.