PROGRAM PENDING! Institutional Approval Still Required

POST DEGREE DIPLOMA IN GERONTOLOGY

Best practices in “Healthy Aging” requires an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the physical, social, cognitive, and spiritual needs of older adults. Gerontology is one of the growth areas of the 21st century due to population aging worldwide.

The number of individuals over the age of 65 will double in the next 25 years creating opportunities in a variety of sectors. Globally, as health systems change in response to population aging, job and leadership opportunities are created. The graduate diploma offers health professionals from a variety of fields and disciplines the perspectives, knowledge and capabilities that they require to understand the diverse and evolving needs of aging adults.

Theoretical approaches, current best practices across disciplines, use of evidence based research findings, and experiential learning are woven throughout the curriculum. Gaining an understanding of the lived experiences of older adults, their families, and the communities in which they live is foundational to the program.gerontology-seniors-learning-computer

Admission Requirements

  • To be admitted into the program, students must hold a baccalaureate degree from a recognized university in any health and social service discipline, and meet the following admission criteria: A minimum average of “B” calculated upon the last 60 credits attempted of the undergraduate degree.
  • Students engaged in preparation courses must reach Academic Preparation Level 5 (AP5) in order to begin academic courses in the Post Degree Gerontology Diploma. https://international.viu.ca/english-language-centre/academic-preparation-ap 

Notes on Admission

Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Transfer from Other Institutions

Applicants may apply for possible transfer credits from other accredited graduate programs in Canada on a course-by-course basis.

Start Date

The program will start in September 2018 pending institutional approval.

Application Period

Applications for admission are accepted anytime between February 15 and November 15. Applications received after November 16 are considered late and will be processed as space permits.

Program Outline

Year 1       

NOTE:  Additional ESL may be interwoven with the specialized coursework.                                                 

Spring Semester (January to April)

Credits

Graduate Preparation for Health Professionals (13 weeks)

0

Total Credits

0

 

Intersession Semester (May to August)

Credits

GERO 500 - (Psycho-Social Perspectives on Aging)

 3

GERO 502 - (Social Policy on Aging)

3

One elective chosen from the list below

3

Total Credits

9

 

Fall Semester (September to December)

  Credits

FIELD/PRACTICUM Experience in Community

(10 week, 233 hrs.)

6

Spring Semester (January to April)

Credits

GERO 501 - (Physiology of Aging)

3

GERO 504 - (Mental Health and Aging)

3

One elective chosen from the list below

3

      Total Credits

9

 Year 2

Intersession Semester (May to August)

Credits

GERO 503 - (Research Methods in Aging)

3

GERO 511 - (Critical Issues and Future Trends in Aging: Project-Based)

3

One electives chosen from the list below

3

Total Credits

9

Total Program Credits

33

 Electives - Choose 4 of 6

Credits

GERO 505 - (Ethical and Moral Issues of Aging)

             3

GERO 506 - (Diversity and the Experience of Aging)

             3

GERO 507 - (Community Development in an Aging Society)

            3

GERO 508 - (Aging Well with Creativity)

           3

GERO 509 - (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Death and Dying)

          3

GERO 510 - (Leisure and Recreation for Older Adults)

           3

Features

  • 12 Week Field Study/Practicum
  • Centre for Healthy Aging Institute
  • Theory and Application of Practical Knowledge

Career Possibilities 

Health Care, Social Services, Business, Recreation, Leisure and Tourism, Community Development and Planning

Program Cost (CAD)

This program costs $26,055* plus student activity fees of approximately $2,900*

FEE TABLE*
Amount

Tuition (33 credits)

$20,955.00

Graduate Preparation for Health Professionals

$5,100

Student Activity fee (6% of standard tuition)

$255.64

VIU Students' Union Fee ($75.40 per semester)

$301.60

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

$275.00

Textbooks and supplies

$700.00

Note: 
*All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are
payable in Canadian Dollars.

For more information please contact:

International Education
Email: WorldVIU@viu.ca
Phone: +1.250.740.6315

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