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Gerontology and Chronic Illness Grad Cert

Gerontology and Chronic Illness Grad Cert

Conestoga College, Canada

About This Program

If you are an internationally educated nurse, you can take this program if you:

  • Have a four-year bachelor's degree in nursing
  • Completed a program similar to Conestoga's Enhanced Nursing Practice - Clinical and Critical Care graduate certificate

This program will deepen your capacity to care for seniors who are living with chronic illness and their families. This graduate certificate program emphasizes a professional socialization framework and nursing excellence is optimized within the context of the Canadian health-care system.

It also has the following subjects;

  • NCLEX-RN Preparation
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Preparation


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If you are a Filipino Citizen, there is no need to sit for any Secure English Language Test such as the IELTS or PTE if you are going to enroll in Conestoga College UNLESS:

  • The program explicitly requires it OR;
  • You intend to apply under the Study Direct Stream procedure.

Recognition of Prior Learning.

Conestoga College recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that you gained through your work, formal and informal education, non-formal learning, or other life experiences.

This prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level. It must also meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses.

Do you want your prior learning recognized for advanced standing or exemption? You may have to undergo further assessment, such as challenge exams.

Once you complete the assessment, Conestoga records your proper course credit on your official transcript.

Course Delivery

Through theory, labs, simulation, and clinical practice, this program focuses on caring for seniors throughout the continuum of care in a variety of settings.

Conestoga College offers this Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness program at the Doon campus.

The one-year Enhanced Nursing Practice-Clinical and Critical Care graduate certificate program is part of Conestoga College's eText initiative. eText integrates digital resources that are available to you during your first day at the college.

You will be spending less, too, getting approximately 40% off the price of printed textbooks.


This program will prepare you with the knowledge and authentic experience so you can confidently enter into the Canadian health-care workforce.

Equip yourself with the capabilities to work as a nurse in the areas of long-term care, community-based care and general internal medicine.

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Learning Outcomes

After graduation, you gain the following competencies:

  • Integrate nursing research and theoretical underpinnings as they relate to gerontological nursing practice within the context of the Canadian health-care system.
  • Uphold the principles of accountability, diversity, equity, and dignity in the care of Canadian seniors and their families through the examination of the role of the registered nurse.
  • Differentiate between regular age-related changes and pathological changes in the older adult to support the promotion of healthy aging and disease prevention.
  • Conduct comprehensive geriatric assessments to design individualized plans of care.
  • Comply with legislation and regulations governing nursing practice within the Canadian health care system through practice demonstration in clinical, simulated, and real-life environments.
  • Promote person- and family-centered care. As a result of training, your interprofessional collaborative skills will grow stronger to meet the therapeutic needs of patients affected by chronic illness, multiple comorbidities, or life-limiting disease.
  • Respond in a way that meets the needs and expectations of persons, families, and populations at the end of life.
  • Examine strategies to promote professional self-care to optimize resilience in the provision of safe and quality nursing care.
  • Implement strategies to enhance professional leadership capabilities at the levels of the professional, organization, and the health-care system.
  • Analyze the health impact of public policy on the Canadian population
  • Determine appropriate responses to clinical scenarios using evidence-informed methods and tools.


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Course Outline

Term One for Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness

COMM 8210 Professional Communication and Conduct
CON0101 Conestoga 101
FPLT8140 Field Placement I (Enhanced Nursing Practice Gerontology and Chronic Illness)
HEAL1895 Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA)
NURS1445 Nursing Theory and Research
NURS8587 Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
NURS8615 Professional Practice Applications in Seniors Care
NURS8686 Seniors Care in the Canadian Health Care System
NURS8725 Living With Chronic Illness
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace


Term Two for Enhanced Professional Practice - Gerontology and Chronic Illness

FPLT8150 Field Placement II (Enhanced Nursing Practice Gerontology and Chronic Illness)
HEAL1811 Mental Health First Aid
NURS8375 NCLEX-RN Preparation
NURS8580 Achieving Success in Your Health Care Career
NURS8747 Nursing Leadership and Management
NURS8945 Policy & Advocacy: Throughout the Lifespan and Across the Continuum of Care
NURS8955 Practical Foundations of Community Service
NURS8965 Care of the Person and Family at the End of Life
NURS8975 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Preparation


Course Info

Course Code : 1362

College : Health and Life Sciences

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Ontario Graduate Certificate

Fees :

The actual costs for 2019/2020 at the Doon Campus are for estimation purposes only.

  • Winter 2020: CAD15,816.66
  • Spring 2020:  CAD15,545.0

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what Conestoga College expects will be your reasonable international fees.
  • Books and supplies are excluded.
  • These fees are subject to change. The college will make every effort to provide you with as much advance notice as possible when fees change.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete an externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Intake Dates :

There are three intake dates every year:

  • September (Fall)
  • January (Winter)
  • May (Spring)

IVC however, accepts applications for an intake date up to 9 months before the start of classes.  This preparation period includes:

  • Ensuring you have a place in the program.
  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office of the college;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

The long period will also allow you sufficient time to:

  • Review for the English language proficiency exam if you intend to apply under the SDS;
  • Collate your documents;
  • Put together funds for the initial Tuition Fee payment and maintenance funds.

So be sure you apply early!  After all, you deserve the best professional service we can offer.

Entry Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing and registration in the country where you completed your nursing education.
  • Successful completion of a program equivalent to Conestoga's Enhanced Nursing Practice Clinical and Critical Care.
  • Conestoga College would give preference to your application if you completed at least one year of clinical experience in your home country.
  • You must meet the minimum scores in any of the following tests. The test result must be less than two years old at the time of your application:
    • TOEFL iBT: 88
    • IELTS Academic test: 6.5 overall, no score less than 6.0
    • CAEL: 70, no sub-test less than 60
    • PTE Academic: 58.
    • Conestoga English Language Test (CELT): Band 6.
  • You must present the following to qualify for field/clinical placement learning experience:
    • A complete immunization record including MMR, Tdap, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. 
    • Seasonal flu vaccination during flu season, from October to March.
    • TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if over one year has passed since 2-step testing.
    • Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP level
    • An annual police check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS).

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