FAQ

1. What is gerontology?

2. How do I apply to register for the Certificate in Aging and Gerontology?

3. Is there an admissions interview?

4. How much time will I have to spend each week on course work?

5. Even though I live in the Toronto area, can I still take distance education courses?

6. Can I complete the entire Certificate in Aging and Gerontology via distance education?

7. I don’t live in the Toronto area, but I want to take Aging and Interpersonal Skills. How can I do that?

8. Will the Certificate in Aging and Gerontology qualify me to be work in a long term care facility?

9. What’s the relationship between students and instructors in gerontology courses?

10. Is there a national association that promotes leadership in the gerontology field?

11. When I have completed all of my courses how do I request graduation?

12. Who do I contact for specific questions related to the Certificate in Aging and Gerontology?

­1. What is gerontology?
Gerontology, the scientific study of aging, is a field of inquiry that draws from many disciplines including biology, psychology, sociology, political science, history, heath policy, ethics, anthropology, and economics.

­2. How do I apply to register for the Certificate in Aging and Gerontology?
You will find application instructions in the Registration in a Certificate Program section of The Chang School website.

­3. Is there an admissions interview?
No. There is no formal admission interview. You should however contact the program coordinator if you are concerned that you do not meet the admission criteria outlined in the admissions link.

­4. How much time will I have to spend each week on course work?
It’s usual to spend between four and six hours per week for each course.

­5. Even though I live in the Toronto area, can I still take distance education courses?
Yes. Students from Toronto, all across Canada, and from around the world enrol in our flexible, high-quality distance education courses. You might consider taking a combination of distance education and on-campus courses.

­6. Can I complete the entire Certificate in Aging and Gerontology via distance education?
Yes, all the courses you need to complete the program are available via distance education. Our online courses will help you to fit your studies into your personal and work commitments while still giving you access to a high-quality education. In addition, by enrolling in an online course you’ll join a dynamic, interactive community of like-minded learners. Complete information about distance education is available on our website.

­7. I don’t live in the Toronto area, but I want to take Aging and Interpersonal Skills. How can I do that?
CVFS 400 is usually scheduled as a one-week intensive course during the Spring term on the Ryerson University campus. If you live outside the Greater Toronto Area, you can stay in campus housing at a reduced rate.

­8. Will the Certificate in Aging and Gerontology qualify me to be work in a long term care facility?
No. This program will not be able to provide you with the training to direct care with seniors. However, combined with other educational credentials it has been used to help individuals transition into a long term care setting.

­9. What’s the relationship between students and instructors in gerontology courses?
A combination of lectures, discussion, and group work creates opportunities for shared leadership that promote mutual learning. Whether on campus or online, our students and instructors come together in a true learning partnership. This partnership is modeled on the kinds of healthy relationships that exist between volunteers, board members, staff, and clients in community-based programs.

­10. Is there a national association that promotes leadership in the gerontology field?
Yes. The Canadian Association on Gerontology is a national association that provides innovative leadership to advance social policy, research, resource development, and training.

­11. When I have completed all of my courses how do I request graduation?
Upon completion of your courses you will be required to request graduation through Graduation. Remember there are deadlines to request graduation so please don’t leave it until the last moment.

­12. Who do I contact for specific questions related to the Certificate in Aging and Gerontology?
For specific curriculum advising questions please contact The Chang School at ce@ryerson.ca.