Gerontology and Palliative Care - Interprofessional Practice

Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology
1 year
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

About this program

Gerontology and Palliative Care - Interprofessional Practice

This program is designed to assist Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to work as part of an inter-professional healthcare team in geriatric and palliative care settings. Students acquire the knowledge and expertise to enhance an individual’s quality of living and dying as part of an end of life process. To meet the individual needs of the client during this transitional phase of their life, students examine current theories and explore best practices to build skills in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Through a combination of classroom instruction and lab, students focus on the importance of communication, spirituality, ethics, law and culturally responsive nursing care for an aging or end-of-life population. Students will have an opportunity to consolidate their classroom learning with one practicum placement in a variety of settings that may include hospital, community, home care or long term care.

Admission requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree, or equivalent.

Language Proficiency Requirement

The English proficiency requirement can be met through:

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.5

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Geriatric Mental Health
  • Pathophysiology of Aging
  • Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Aging
  • Special Topics in Geriatrics
  • Gerontology Integrated Seminar

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Life-limiting Illness in Palliative Care
  • Comfort Measures in Palliative Care
  • Communication and Spirituality in Palliative Care
  • Ethics, Law, and Culture in Palliative Care
  • Gerontology/Palliative Practicum

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


Tuition fee: $20,000.00


Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • identify and apply strategies that promote self-esteem, dignity, and independence of geriatric and palliative clients and family to support health, aging, and/or dying and death;
  • communicate effectively to strengthen interprofessional collaborative practice in the delivery of person and family-centred care;
  • provide holistic and culturally responsive care to geriatric and palliative clients and families to ease the stress of aging and/or dying an death;
  • comply with legislation, regulations and ethical standards in the provision of care for geriatric and palliative clients within the health care context;
  • apply an evidence-based perspective to inform care plans, programs and services for geriatric and palliative clients;
  • develop and use personal/professional strategies and plans for professional growth and to improve job performance in a Canadian health care operations context;
  • evaluate the efficacy of care measures delivered to geriatric and palliative clients to manage their symptoms and ensure comfort.

Career paths

Graduates of this program are able to work within their scope of practice in the area of geriatric and palliative care and may find employment opportunities in acute care settings within general hospitals, specialized hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, hospice, palliative care units, and clinics and/or community health services.

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Georgian College

Established in 1967, Georgian College (Canada) is a public college with 125+ market-driven programs offered to over 13,000 full time students including about 4,500 international students from 60 countries. Its 100-acre flagship campus, located in Barrie, is just an hour...

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Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

1 Georgian Drive
L4M 3X9 Barrie Ontario

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