The growing demand for health care professionals in long-term care and community settings has increased the need for individuals working in these areas to obtain their Gerontology, Ontario College Graduate Certificate. This is a post-graduate program for those who have already completed a degree or diploma in Health or Social Sciences. Loyalist is now offering this program through paper-based correspondence studies. The program is designed to provide a theoretical knowledge-base in gerontological nursing and care, and includes a clinical practicum targeted at the application of concepts learned throughout the program.
“The Gerontology program now offered by the College has been updated and amended to meet the educational requirement to enable a Registered Nurse to write the national certification exam in Gerontology,” explained Katherine Bebee, program coordinator. “The majority of the people who register for this certification program are employed so the distance delivery enables them to continue to work as they update their qualifications.”
Given current and projected population statistics, Margaret Scott, Vice-President Academic feels this program is a valuable course of study. “An aging population base has heightened the need for trained professionals in the health and human studies areas. Loyalist continues to build upon the strength of its existing programs providing choices that are current and relevant to the needs of our community and beyond.”
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Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Katherine Bebee, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2281