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Gerontology Interprofessional Practice

Gerontology Interprofessional Practice

Fanshawe College, Canada

About This Program

A study made by Statistics Canada in 2016 showed the aging population of Canada. There were more people over 65 than under 15. Hence, careers working with seniors will be even more in demand in the years to come.

If you wish to make a career work with aging adults, consider enrolling in this one-year graduate certificate program! Enhance your professional practice. This is a chance for you to gain knowledge and develop skills in:

  • Recreation and leadership;
  • Geriatric mental health;
  • Cultural diversity;
  • Thanatology;
  • Social interventions.

These skills support quality of life and are essential in collaborative person-centered care.

To prepare you for employment after graduation, you will take part in:

  • A 200-hour interprofessional field placement and;
  • A capstone research project with community organizations.


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This Gerontology-Interprofessional Practice Graduate Certificate program offers Day Time and Full-Time schedules both to domestic and international students. It is offered only in the London Campus. Terms are 15 weeks long.

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 Fanshawe College UNLESS:

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

In keeping with protocol of the college, your application will be given preference if the college receives your application by February 1.  After this date, Fanshawe College will consider all applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full. 


After graduation, you will be able to work in diverse settings for the support of seniors such as:

  • Residential programs in senior centers;
  • Leisure or day programs;
  • Retirement homes;
  • Long-term care facilities;
  • Home support services;
  • Educational and health promotion services;
  • Case coordination roles.


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Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the Gerontology-Interprofessional Practice Graduate Certificate program you will be able to:

  1. Follow regulations governing professional practice within the Canadian health care system;
  2. Apply research in current issues and trends in gerontology. This is with an eye to developing or improving senior care plans and services;
  3. Use available community resources to plan, navigate and advocate for effective senior care;
  4. Work alone or with an interprofessional team to plan, put in place and test programs;
  5. Assess the communicative, mental, physical, emotional and social health of older adults. This is with an eye to promote healthy aging.
  6. Communicate to promote person and family-centered care. This well also strengthen interprofessional and collaborative practice.


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Course Outline

The following are the mandatory courses you must take per term. You must complete a minimum of 10 credits to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this graduate certificate program.

Level 1 Mandatory Courses
Code Course Credits
GERI-6016 The Aging Population 3
GERI-6017 Mental Health in Gerontology 3
GERI-6018 Interprofessional Practice 3
RECN-6003 Therapeutic Recreation Intervention 3
HLTH-6044 Person, Family & Community Practice 3
GERI-6019 Thanatology 3


Level 2 Mandatory Courses

Code Course Credits
GERI-6020 Inclusive Practice 3
GERI-6021 Field Seminar: Aging Population 3
HLTH-6045 Observation, Documentation & Assessment 3
RECN-6003 Therapeutic Recreation Intervention 3
FLDP-6017 Field Placement 5.2
GERI-6022 Pedagogy & Practice: Capstone Project 6

Course Info

Course Code : GIP2

College : School of Community Studies

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD). The actual costs for 2019/2020 are still being determined. The costs below are for 2018/2019 and for estimation purposes only.

Mandatory Fees
Expense GIP2 Level 1 GIP2 Level 2
Total Fees due per Term 7,727.21 7,727.21
Tuition Fee 6,818.50 6,818.50
Student Activity Fee 85.45 85.45
Bus Pass Fee 121.04 121.04
Health Insurance Fee 398.09 398.09
Fitness Centre Fee 32.00 32.00
Other Mandatory Non-tuition fee 272.13 272.13


The following are other Mandatory non-tuition fees for London Campus day-time and weekend programs:

  • Athletics fee ($44.49, includes $0.50 for entrance/achievement awards)
  • Student service fee ($31.54)
  • Career Services fee (22.91)
  • Alumni fee ($7.33)
  • Development fee ($28)
  • Student campus improvement fee ($10)
  • Campus safety fee ($2)
  • Health services fee ($8.24)
  • Student building fee ($21)
  • Technology fee ($96.62)
General Expenses
Expense GIP2 Level 1 GIP2 Level 2
General Expense Total 1,108.30 285.95
Books 571.35 285.95
Expendable Supplies 100.00 0.00
Other Expenses 436.95 0.00

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what Fanshawe College expects will be your reasonable international fees;
  • 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 externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Intake Dates :

There is only one intake per year and this is in September, when the fall semester begins.

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

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of Fanshawe College:

  • You must have completed ANY of the following:
    • Two- or three-year college diploma or a degree in social or health care fields;
    • Five years of work experience in the health or human services industry as judged by Fanshawe College to be equivalent
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. Your test must be from a SELT taken within the last two years prior to your application. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 570 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT);
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands;
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands;
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59.

Requirements are different if you intend to apply under the Study Direct Stream. Call our IVC Office at +63917 529 8472 to speak with a Migration Associate regarding this.  

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