School of Health, Human Care and Wellness

Social Service Worker - Gerontology

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Experience through a field placement opportunity


Train hands-on for this in-demand career field. As the baby boomer generation ages, there is an increased demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging. The focus of this program is to enhance the quality of life for older adults using a holistic approach. 

Students have the opportunity to register with with the Ontario College of Social Service. 

Your Future Career

  • Long-term health care 
  • Retirement homes and assisted living settings
  • Community care

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

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

CMM 125 College Communication I
MHA 180 Introduction to Substance Use
HSP 105 Interviewing and Helping Skills I
PSY 200 Lifespan Development
SOC 100 Foundations of Sociology
GENED General Education Elective - Online
SSW 101 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice I

Semester 2

CMM 230 Workplace Communications
SSW 104 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice II
SSW 103 SSW Methods: Community Organization
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
HSP 160 Interview and Helping Skills II
HSP 165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
HUM 219 Group Work
HSP 155 Family Dynamics

Semester 3

GER 300 The Study of Gerontology
SSW 294 Accountable Professional
GER 301 Therapeutic Program Planning and Case Management
GER 302 Fieldwork Preparation
GER 303 Death, Dying and Bereavement
GER 304 Volunteer Program Management
GER 305 Leisure, Recreation and Health Promotion

Semester 4

SSW 293 Fieldwork Integration (1st 7 wks)
GER 295 Fieldwork Placement
GENED General Education Couse

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $3022.5 $1154 - - $4176.5
2 $3022.5 $1029 - - $4051.5

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