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Ontario College Diploma

Social Service Worker – Gerontology

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

(Brampton)

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

Prepare for a career helping older Canadians enjoy a better life.

Program Overview

Learn social service work focused on a growing population

Social service workers who focus on gerontology are sought out by many organizations because of the growing senior population in Canada. This in-depth diploma answers society’s needs by teaching the foundations of social service work, while training you to specialize in work with the elderly.

Work with our faculty of community service professionals

Our faculty come from a wide range of community service roles, and includes social workers, community developers and gerontology specialists. Each professor brings their unique and valuable experience to every course, providing you with one-of-a-kind knowledge that only years in the field provides.

Get hands-on social service work experience in field placements

In Terms 2, 3 and 4 you’ll work with seniors in a field placement two days a week. This means valuable on-the-job experience and the chance to practically apply your class lessons. You’ll support older adults in different settings, and also establish valuable career connections in the community.

Things you'll learn to do

  • Advocate with government and not-for-profit agencies who provide services for older adults.
  • Develop and implement therapeutic recreation and activation programs.
  • Co-ordinate home support services and/or volunteer programs.
  • Support persons living with cognitive impairments or mental health challenges and their families.
  • Deliver a holistic service plan to improve the lives of older adults.
  • Gain Professional Registration

When you graduate from the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program, you'll be eligible for membership with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. As a member of this body, you can use the title “Registered Social Service Worker.” For additional details, visit the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers site.

University Linkages

This college diploma program maintains linkages with a number of universities, which offer further educational opportunities for our graduates.

Sheridan Centre for Elder Research

The Social Service Worker – Gerontology program has a unique partnership with the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. Research at the Centre is regularly integrated into our curriculum, and students may have the opportunity to engage in applied research projects.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GERO14142Working with Older Adults and Care Partners3
    CSRV13672Social Diversity in Contemporary Canada3
    GERO15982Activation Techniques with Older Adults3
    FLPL15738Introduction to Gerontology Field Practicum3
    COMM1999Essential Communications3
    PSYC15065GPsychology: Core Concepts3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GERO16111Interventions for Older Adults and Care Partners3
    GERO23551Death, Dying and Bereavement3
    GERO13898Group Work with Older Adults3
    FLPL17900Foundations of Field Practicum9
    CSRV21011Introduction to Applied Research in Social Services3
    Total:21
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GERO20001 Aging, Mental Health and Substance Use3
    CSRV20213Resource Development in the Older Adult Sector 3
    GERO28452Assessment with Older Adults3
    FLPL24178Intermediate Field Practicum9
    CCGEGeneral Education Elective3
    Total:21
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    GERO10049Aging, Wellness and Health Promotion3
    CSRV16859Policy and Justice in an Aging Society3
    GERO23672Case Management3
    FLPL22758    Advanced Field Practicum9
    CCGEGeneral Education Elective 3
    Total:21

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

or

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

Preparation for Application

Speaking to employers in adult day programs, long-term care facilities and supportive housing will help to establish an understanding of the various roles and employment opportunities available to social service workers in gerontology. Related volunteer and/or part-time employment in a social service setting or with older adults is highly encouraged.

Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements

Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.

*Course duration for September starts is two academic years.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Career Opportunities

Sheridan provides training in fields with a bright future. When you graduate from the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program, you'll be ready to enter a field that continues to grow with new and emerging job opportunities.

Here are some jobs you might find:

  • Adult program/recreation assistant
  • Case worker
  • Community outreach worker
  • Family resource worker
  • Hospice worker
  • Social service worker

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Degree Completion

Sheridan's Social Service Worker – Gerontology (MTCU 50728) graduates from 2018 or later who have a final GPA of 3.0 or greater are eligible to apply to start Year 2 of the Honours Bachelor of Community Safety degree in the fall semester. Sheridan's Social Service Worker – Gerontology graduates who completed their studies prior to 2018 and any external Social Service Worker Gerontology (MTCU 50728) graduates will be required to take one additional course in the first semester of the program.

Students on this pathway may complete the degree in three years.

Get your degree in less time

Degree Completion allows you to apply your diploma credits toward a Sheridan degree. You'll get significant credit for the courses you completed in your diploma, which means you can complete your degree and advance your career sooner.

How to apply

To apply for Degree Completion, visit ontariocolleges.ca and submit an application using the program code PBCMS.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify needs, strengths and resources of older adults to assist them in setting goals that promote their optimal functioning, well being, and quality of life.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate services and programs in response to identified needs and goals of older adults.
  • Participate in the SSW role as a member of an inter-professional team, in the development and provision of relevant services and programs for older adults.
  • Record information accurately and communicate effectively in oral, written and electronic formats, in adherence to privacy, and freedom of information legislation.
  • Develop and maintain helping relationships which adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards aligned with social service work.
  • Assess diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, caregivers and communities, to promote accessible and responsive programs and services.
  • Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, lifelong learning, reflective practice, and enhanced work relationships.
  • Advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.
  • Develop competencies in emerging technologies to enhance quality of life for older adults, caregivers and family members.

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$4,088.39
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$16,929.39

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Ontario College Diploma

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2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program availability

Ontario College Diploma

Full-time 2 years Program code: PSSWG

Ontario College Diploma
Start date Campus Status
Sep 2021 Davis Campus (Brampton) Available
Sep 2021 Trafalgar Road Campus (Oakville) Available

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