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Gerontology Multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate

Program Highlights

Gain a gerontological specialization that fits your schedule. The online delivery and multidisciplinary focus of the program was specifically designed to serve as a professional development opportunity for a broad range of community service and health care professionals who work with the specialized population of aging adults. This certificate focuses on the social science of aging and how it affects people mentally. Acquire the relevant knowledge and skills to enhance your professional practice in the care of the specialized population of aging adults. Themes include legal and ethical issues, trends and research issues, mental health, advanced gerontology concepts, psychology and social aspects of aging, and advocacy and end of life care all within a restorative care framework.

Admission Requirements

A related Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, a university degree in a related field, or the equivalent.

Courses can be taken in any order unless a prerequisite is indicated.

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus bookstore in-person or online: Peterborough Bookstore or Lindsay Bookstore.


Certificates must be completed within five years. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please contact us again for your official certification.

Courses in Gerontology Multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate

Details and registration below

Mandatory Courses

Recognize how legislation and ethical issues, both positively and negatively, affect the ability of living longer and living well. Reflect and analyse the ethical dilemmas, economic considerations and available community resources to enhance and support the senior community from a multidisciplinary approach.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Gerontology: Advanced Concepts (SOCI221)

Building on the strength of the multidisciplinary team approach, an in-depth analysis and examination of advanced concepts in Gerontology. Emphasis is placed on accessibility, physical and environmental assessments and chronic disease process as they affect living longer and living well.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Building on and expanding the knowledge of students this course will examine current trends, research and practice of a multidisciplinary approach impacting the aging process. Topics will include an overview of the population as it ages and approaches to caring for the aging individual from an international and Canadian perspective.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Gerontology: Mental Health (SOCI215)

Identify the critical issue of mental health in the context of gerontology as it relates to improving and removing barriers to services individually and in the community. A multidisciplinary critique of mental health conditions, dual diagnosis and treatment approaches will be explored from a holistic approach.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Gerontology: Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging (SOCI220)

The psychological and social aspects of aging are investigated and studied. Philosophies of aging with consideration to the social determinants of health and diversity will also be explored. From a multidisciplinary approach, complex social needs and therapeutic relationships will be examined and researched.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Gerontology: Advocacy and End of Life Care (SOCI222)

Your study will incorporate advocacy and accessing community resources with emphasis on the initial contact with family and community referrals. Supportive decision making and planning will be highlighted. Focus will also be placed on the values and principles that are required to assist in reaching the ultimate goals of end life care in a collaborative and multidisciplinary manner.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Gerontology: Applied Project (SOCI223)

In this capstone course you will put the theory of previous courses into practice by completing a project focused on recognizing, developing, proposing and implementing a collaborative, multidisciplinary plan to incorporate strategies for successfully supporting individuals in the aging process. The intended goal of this applied project is to focus on a direct application to your current work that will benefit your organization or discipline.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

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