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Activation Coordination in Gerontology (graduate certificate)


Activation Coordination in Gerontology (graduate certificate)

Activation Coordination in Gerontology (graduate certificate)

Activation Coordination in Gerontology (graduate certificate)

Activation Coordination in Gerontology (graduate certificate)

The importance of activation professionals will continue to grow as the Canadian baby boomer population ages. If you have a passion for working with seniors, then the Activation Coordination in Gerontology program is for you. The only one of its kind in Ontario, this graduate certificate program will provide you with the specialized training you need to care for and support older adults. You will learn to deliver meaningful, holistic, age-appropriate therapeutic activity programs designed to enhance and maintain the overall quality of life of older persons. This program provides a gerontology complement to previous education and current careers in nursing, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, social services and personal support worker fields.

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Program Description

This graduate certificate program is designed for students with previous education and/or relevant experience (please see the entrance requirements section of this page for more detail).

Activation coordination in gerontology is a rapidly growing field driven by the increasing number of aging baby boomers in Canada. Although relatively new, it has prompted a demand for individuals with unique skills to provide care and support to our aging population. You will gain training, skills and specialized knowledge in the field of aging and long-term care.

The primary goal of activation professionals is to design and deliver meaningful therapeutic activity programs that enhance the quality of life of older persons. You will learn to apply a holistic activation approach in programming of care and services, which incorporates knowledge of the various physical, mental and social effects of the normal aging process, which is designed to maintain overall wellness.

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Admission Requirements

  • College diploma in a recreation or human services specialty area or a diploma or university degree in recreation, human health or social services


  • Three to five years of related experience


To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider

Please note: Those who wish to pursue a career in a long-term care setting may be required to possess specific post-secondary credentials.

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Career Options


  • Activation co-ordinator
  • Activity director
  • Activation professional
  • Life enrichment co-ordinator


  • Community centres
  • Health care practitioner office
  • Health clinic
  • Long-term care facility (public and private)
  • Private clinic
  • Private nursing home
  • Retirement facilities
  • Seniors centres
  • Social services agencies
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$40$40
Total Fees:$6,565$16,736

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 490-hour field placement in your third semester, which provides the opportunity to integrate theory with practice in an institutional or community setting, under the supervision of an industry professional.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities to further their education in gerontology.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: ACGR
  • Program length: Three semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College graduate certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $5,264 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
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