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Diploma of Social Service Worker – Gerontology
Diploma of Social Service Worker – Gerontology

Diploma of Social Service Worker – Gerontology

  • ID:SC010061
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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* Health Science Pre-Admission Testing Charge, Identification Card

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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12


Mature student status.

English requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), 80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**, 80 (20L,W,S,R)

  • iTEP Academic**, 3.7

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module, 6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic), 58 - Overall Minimum Score  (49L,W,S,R)

  • FCE (Cambridge English First), 174 - Cambridge English Scale or FCE B

  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), 180 - Cambridge English Scale or CAE C

  • CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency), 200 - Cambridge English Scale or CPE C

  • Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes), 70%

  • Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment), 4.0 – Listening Band 4.0 – Reading Combined Band CLB 7 – Writing  

Other requirements:

  • Applicant Selection

  • Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

  • Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

  • Preparation for Application

  • Speaking to employers in adult day programs, long-term care facilities and supportive housing will help to establish an understanding of the various roles and employment opportunities available to social service workers in gerontology. Related volunteer and/or part-time employment in a social service setting or with older adults is highly encouraged.

  • Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements

  • Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities. 

Course Information

Sheridan’s Social Service Worker – Gerontology program will prepare you to become a leader in the care of older adults.

Learn social service work focused on a growing population

Social service workers who focus on gerontology are sought out by many organizations because of the growing senior population in Canada. This in-depth diploma answers society’s needs by teaching the foundations of social service work, while training you to specialize in work with the elderly.

Work with our faculty of community service professionals

Our faculty come from a wide range of community service roles, and includes social workers, community developers and gerontology specialists. Each professor brings their unique and valuable experience to every course, providing you with one-of-a-kind knowledge that only years in the field provides.

Get hands-on social service work experience in field placements

In Terms 2, 3 and 4 you’ll work with seniors in a field placement two days a week. This means valuable on-the-job experience and the chance to practically apply your class lessons. You’ll support older adults in different settings, and also establish valuable career connections in the community.

Additional information

Things you'll learn to do

• Advocate with government and not-for-profit agencies who provide services for older adults.
• Develop and implement therapeutic recreation and activation programs.
• Co-ordinate home support services and/or volunteer programs.
• Support persons living with cognitive impairments or mental health challenges and their families.
• Deliver a holistic service plan to improve the lives of older adults.

Gain Professional Registration

When you graduate from the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program, you'll be eligible for membership with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. As a member of this body, you can use the title “Registered Social Service Worker.” For additional details, visit the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers site.

University Linkages

This college diploma program maintains linkages with a number of universities, which offer further educational opportunities for our graduates.

Sheridan Centre for Elder Research

The Social Service Worker – Gerontology program has a unique partnership with the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. Research at the Centre is regularly integrated into our curriculum, and students may have the opportunity to engage in applied research projects.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify needs, strengths and resources of older adults to assist them in setting goals that promote their optimal functioning, well being, and quality of life.

  • Plan, implement and evaluate services and programs in response to identified needs and goals of older adults.

  • Participate in the SSW role as a member of an inter-professional team, in the development and provision of relevant services and programs for older adults.

  • Record information accurately and communicate effectively in oral, written and electronic formats, in adherence to privacy, and freedom of information legislation.

  • Develop and maintain helping relationships which adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards aligned with social service work.

  • Assess diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, caregivers and communities, to promote accessible and responsive programs and services.

  • Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, lifelong learning, reflective practice, and enhanced work relationships.

  • Advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.

  • Develop competencies in emerging technologies to enhance quality of life for older adults, caregivers and family members.

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Semester 1


  • GERO14142, Working with Older Adults and Care Partners, 3

  • CSRV13672, Social Diversity in Contemporary Canada, 3

  • GERO15982, Activation Techniques with Older Adults, 3

  • FLPL15738, Introduction to Gerontology Field Practicum, 3

  • COMM1999, Essential Communications, 3

  • PSYC15065G, Psychology: Core Concepts, 3

  • TOTAL:, 18

Semester 2


  • GERO16111, Interventions for Older Adults and Care Partners, 3

  • GERO23551, Death, Dying and Bereavement, 3

  • GERO13898, Group Work with Older Adults, 3

  • FLPL17900, Foundations of Field Practicum, 9

  • CSRV21011, Introduction to Applied Research in Social Services, 3

  • TOTAL:, 21

Semester 3


  • GERO20001, Aging, Mental Health and Substance Use, 3

  • CSRV20213, Resource Development in the Older Adult Sector , 3

  • GERO28452, Assessment with Older Adults, 3

  • FLPL24178, Intermediate Field Practicum, 9

  • CCGE, General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 21

Semester 4


  • GERO10049, Aging, Wellness and Health Promotion, 3

  • CSRV16859, Policy and Justice in an Aging Society, 3

  • GERO23672, Case Management, 3

  • FLPL22758    , Advanced Field Practicum, 9

  • CCGE, General Education Elective, 3

  • TOTAL:, 21

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Sheridan provides training in fields with a bright future. When you graduate from the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program, you'll be ready to enter a field that continues to grow with new and emerging job opportunities.

Here are some jobs you might find:

  • Adult program/recreation assistant

  • Case worker

  • Community outreach worker

  • Family resource worker

  • Hospice worker

  • Social service worker

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health and Dental Plan - International: 580CAD/ per year

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