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Provide quality, end-of-life health care to the elderly

Gerontology and Palliative Care – Interprofessional Practice Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

Create and deliver customized treatment plans to maintain and promote physical, mental and emotional health of geriatric and palliative clients and family.

Program code GPCN
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

This program is designed to assist Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to work as part of an inter-professional healthcare team in geriatric and palliative care settings. Students acquire the knowledge and expertise to enhance an individual’s quality of living and dying as part of an end of life process.  To meet the individual needs of the client during this transitional phase of their life, students examine current theories and explore best practices to build skills in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Through a combination of classroom instruction and lab, students focus on the importance of communication, spirituality, ethics, law and culturally responsive nursing care for an aging or end-of-life population.  Students will have an opportunity to consolidate their classroom learning with one practicum placement in a variety of settings that may include hospital, community, home care or long term care.   

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2023 Barrie
Summer 2023 Orangeville

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a clinical placement component where you will gain practical work experience under the supervision of a registered or licensed professional.

What are the admission requirements for the Gerontology and Palliative Care program?

Gerontology and Palliative Care – Interprofessional Practice admission requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Degree, or equivalent.

Selection Process

Preference will be given to applicants with the following:

  • Post-secondary degree in nursing from an accredited nursing education program;
  • Current registration with the nursing regulatory body in their home province/state and or country (i.e., letter, membership card, etc.); 
  • Graduation from Georgian’s Complex Care Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses or Acute Complex Care for Internationally Educated Nurses program.

Language Proficiency Requirement

The English proficiency requirement can be met through:


Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

Students must have up-to-date immunization records in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Students must also have a valid mask fit test, BLS CPR and Standard First Aid. Students are to use the Clinical Preparedness Permit to document completion of these clinical requirements.

Completion and submission of this permit is required in order to ensure placement in clinical and field placement facilities.

Students will be placed in a variety of agencies in the region serviced by the campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation to the placement site.

What career paths can I take in geriatrics and palliative health care?

Your Gerontology and Palliative Care graduate certificate gives you many career opportunities

Graduates of this program are able to work within their scope of practice in the area of geriatric and palliative care and may find employment opportunities in acute care settings within general hospitals, specialized hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, hospice, palliative care units, and clinics and/or community health services.

What courses are included in the Gerontology and Palliative Care graduate certificate program?

Course overview

11 Program Courses

1 Clinical Placement

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Gerontology and Palliative Care – Interprofessional Practice program outline.

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