Care of Vulnerable PopulationsNEW
Available as a one-year program
One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Find your career
This program is designed to enhance the knowledge of health care or social service professionals who support vulnerable populations, such as the aged and terminally ill, and their families.
Graduates of this program find rewarding careers in a variety of gerontology and palliative care specialty areas, including the following:
- Long-term care facilities
- Retirement homes
- Community-home agencies
- Gerontology education
Is it for you?
People who thrive in this career are caring professionals who:
- Enjoy interacting with people, talking and listening
- Are comfortable working as part of a team
- Come from a variety of backgrounds
- Enjoy helping others
Through hands-on learning and an interprofessional health care team approach, gain the skills required to provide supportive care to clients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges:
- Explore strategies for developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with aged and palliative patients, thereby fostering their dignity, self-worth and independence.
- Learn how to effectively communicate with aging and palliative patients as well as with health care team members.
- Study how individuals cope with pain as well as appropriate measures for providing comfort and pain management to the terminally ill and their families within your scope of practice.
- Become familiar with ethical, legal and spiritual considerations with regard to the care of vulnerable populations, and develop an understanding of individual and multicultural approaches to aging, death, dying and grieving.
- Apply theory and concepts as related to caring for vulnerable populations and palliative patients through a combination of a clinical practicum and immersive simulation.
Please note that the program of study is currently under development. Please check back to this page regularly for updates.
*Courses subject to change.
The Care of Vulnerable Populations post-graduate program provides RNs and RPNs with the requisite theory to pursue the Canadian Nurses Association (CAN) certification in either gerontology or palliative care nursing.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2019 – 20)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,301
- Total: $4,023.08
- Additional Program Costs: $550
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical placements. Additional costs, such as travel and parking, may be incurred during placements and to meet the NAR (non-academic requirements) required to go on placement.
*Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- Completion of a post-secondary certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or degree in any of the following disciplines:
- Social service worker or social worker
- Personal support worker with commensurate experience
- Or, an internationally educated health care provider
- Standard First Aid, Level “C” CPR certification
- Clear, current Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
- Written documentation of immunization against certain communicable diseases is required prior to clinical placement
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.