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International Study Programs



Fanshawe College, Canada

About This Program

This graduate certificate program is perfect for mature students with previous experience in social work, recreation and leisure, developmental disabilities, and allied health who want to develop expertise in person-centered care of the aging adult. 

In this program, you will learn advanced concepts such as:

  • Geriatric mental health
  • Cultural diversity
  • Thanatology
  • Therapeutic recreation and
  • Inclusive practice.

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Course Delivery

This Graduate Certificate in Gerontology - Interprofessional Practice is offered at the London Campus of Fanshawe College. Each term is 15 weeks.


This program will provide a broad range of community service and health care professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with older adults.  Graduates may find employment opportunities in settings such as retirement, long term care, group homes, day programs, case management, and home support services. 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program are expected to learn the following skills:

  1. Comply with legislation and regulations governing professional practice within the Canadian health care system.
  2. Apply research on current issues and trends in gerontology to inform senior care plans and services.
  3. Consider the availability and effectiveness of community resources and referrals to plan, navigate and advocate for senior care.
  4. Analyze the strengths and needs of seniors independently or with an interprofessional team to plan, implement and evaluate programs.
  5. Assess the communicative, mental, physical, emotional and social health of older adults to promote healthy aging.
  6. Communicate effectively to promote person and family-centered care and strengthen interprofessional collaborative practice.

Course Outline


Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

GERI-6016        The Aging Population

GERI-6017        Mental Health in Gerontology

GERI-6018        Interprofessional Practice

RECN-6003        Therapeutic Recreation Intervention

HLTH-6044        Person, Family & Community Practice

GERI-6019        Thanatology

RSCH-6008        Research Literacy



Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

EDUC-6039        Strategies for Communicative Success

GERI-6020        Inclusive Practice

GERI-6021        Field Seminar: Aging Population

HLTH-6045        Observation, Documentation & Assessment

FLDP-6017        Field Placement        

RSCH-6009        Research Literacy: Capstone Project

Course Info

Course Code : GIP 2

College : School of Community Studies

Duration : 30 weeks

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

The fee payable to Fanshawe College is CAD15,923.30 for most programs. It includes the tuition and most ancillary fees.

You may have to estimate living expenses such as insurance, rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, health.

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the college.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa or Education Counselor periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

There are two intake dates every year for international students. Fanshawe College offers the program at the London campus in:

  • January
  • September

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by Fanshawe College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is essential to apply early, as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS (if you are applying under the SDS) and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application. 

Entry Criteria

Fanshawe College recommends that applicants must have finished a diploma, advanced diploma or degree studies in social or health care fields or an allied diploma or degree.

As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. For now, Filipino citizens are not required to submit the result of an English language exam.

If you plan to apply as an international student under the Student Direct Stream, your IELTS overall band score must be at least 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands.

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