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Certificate in
Aging and Gerontology

Formerly: Gerontology


Note: This certificate program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

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The Certificate in Aging and Gerontology is designed for professionals working with seniors, such as health and medical personnel, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers, family counsellors, recreation specialists, community workers, capacity assessors, administrators, urban planners, designers, personnel officers, volunteer workers, and anyone who wishes to learn about the field of aging.

Students enrolling in the Certificate in Aging and Gerontology will be:

  • empowered with practical knowledge and understanding of the unique needs, opportunities, and challenges of an aging population across diverse sectors
  • equipped with the skills and opportunities to respond effectively to the needs of an aging population, across diverse sectors, using creativity and innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • mobilized to use their knowledge of theory, methods, and substantive content in gerontology for real life applications including practice and policy change

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/gerontology.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status is required.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six single-term courses or their equivalent, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for certificate completion.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CINT 901   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Gerontology: Critical Issues and Future Trends
CVGE 142   Gerontology:  Aging: Individual and Soc. Aspects
CVGE 143   Gerontology:  Aging: Ethical and Legal Consid.
CVGE 205   Gerontology:  Evid. for Practice and Policy


Electives (select two)

CHSM 307   Health Services Management:  Principles of Long Term Care Service Del.
CINT 555   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
CINT 900   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Program Planning and Evaluation Strategies
CINT 904   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Health Promotion and Community Development
CINT 905   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Conflict Resolution in Community Services
CINT 907   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Team Work for Community Services
CVGE 144   Gerontology:  Aging and Technology
CVGE 145   Gerontology:  Practicum Project Course
CVIN 150   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Advancing the Patient Experience
CVNU 360   Nursing:  Advanced Leadership and Management


Note to registered certificate program students
Effective Fall 2017, the Certificate in Gerontology has been revised to Aging and Gerontology. Students who formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2017, must complete the program requirements in effect at the time they registered.

Required Courses
CVGE 140 and CVGE 141 deleted.
CVGE 142 and CVGE 143 added.

Electives
CGER 298, CPSY 402, CPSY 802, CSOC 606, CVGE 271, and CVGE 297 deleted.
CINT 555, CINT 900, CINT 905, CINT 907, CVGE 144, CVGE 145, CVNU 360, and CVIN 150 added.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CHSM 307   Health Services Management:  Principles of Long Term Care Service Del.
CINT 900   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Program Planning and Evaluation Strategies
CINT 901   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Gerontology: Critical Issues and Future Trends
CINT 904   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Health Promotion and Community Development
CINT 905   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Conflict Resolution in Community Services
CINT 907   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Team Work for Community Services
CVGE 142   Gerontology:  Aging: Individual and Soc. Aspects
CVGE 143   Gerontology:  Aging: Ethical and Legal Consid.
CVGE 144   Gerontology:  Aging and Technology
CVGE 145   Gerontology:  Practicum Project Course
CVGE 205   Gerontology:  Evid. for Practice and Policy
CVNU 360   Nursing:  Advanced Leadership and Management


Course Delivery Schedule

 Fall 2017Winter 2018Spring/Summer 2018
Required
CINT 901DDD
CVGE 142DDD
CVGE 143  D
CVGE 205 DD
Electives
CHSM 307CDC
CINT 555 C 
CINT 900DDIC
CINT 904DDD
CINT 905C, DC, DD, IC
CINT 907DDIC
CVGE 144  D
CVGE 145  D
CVIN 150 C 
CVNU 360DD 

C = Classroom
D = Distance
IC = Intensive in Class

This schedule is subject to revision but can be used as a planning guide.