School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Social Service Worker - Gerontology

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Experience through a field placement opportunity

Overview

Train hands-on for this in-demand career field and gain the skills necessary to work with Canada's aging population. As the baby boomer generation ages, there is an increased demand for caring professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging. This program will teach you the skills and knowledge required by social service workers to assist older adults in maintaining their independence and enhance their quality of life.

Your Future Career

  • Long-term health care 
  • Retirement homes and assisted living settings
  • Community care
  • Hospice
  • Adult day programs

What You Learn

  • Gerontology 
  • Mental health across the lifespan
  • Leisure, recreation and health promotion 
  • Canada's First Peoples
  • Family dynamics
  • Therapeutic case management
  • Interpersonal skills related to death and bereavement

Note: Graduates may apply to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent accepted English language proficiency test to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. Notwithstanding the above, the English proficiency standards required to obtain Study Permits and Temporary Resident Visas from Canadian Embassies vary around the world. The higher English language proficiency standard will apply.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CMM125 College Communication I
MHA180 Introduction to Substance Use
HSP105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
PSY200 Lifespan Development
SOC100 Foundations of Sociology
GENED General Education Elective - Online
SSW101 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice I

Semester 2

CMM230 Workplace Communications
SSW104 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice II
SSW103 SSW Methods: Community Organization
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples
HSP160 Interviewing & Helping Skills II
HSP165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
HUM219 Group Work
HSP155 Family Dynamics

Semester 3

GER300 The Study of Gerontology
SSW294 Accountable Professional
GER301 Therapeutic Program Planning and Case Management
GER302 Fieldwork Preparation
GER303 Death, Dying and Bereavement
GER304 Volunteer Program Management
GER305 Leisure, Recreation and Health Promotion

Semester 4

SSW293 Fieldwork Integration (1st 7 weeks)
GER295 Fieldwork Placement
GENED General Education Course

2019-2020 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1046.72 - 1186.72 $70 - $3976.96
2 $2720.24 $911.72 - 1051.72 - - $3771.96

2019-2020 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12422.97 $1696.72 - 1773.72 $70 - $14266.69
2 $12422.97 $1561.72 - 1638.72 - - $14061.69

Ontario College Diploma
Students can apply to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?


Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139
Micheline.Demers@canadorecollege.ca