Seneca Polytechnic

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Social Service Worker - Gerontology

Seneca Polytechnic

Field of Study:Gerontology
Social Work
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,586
International: $16,675
Careers:Social WorkersCommunity and Social Service WorkersSocial and Community Service Workers


The Social Service Worker – Gerontology program integrates the knowledge base, professional values, and skill–sets of social service work with a specific concentration on the needs, challenges, and concerns of Canada’s aging population. The program focuses on a holistic and strength–based approach to help aging clients maintain a good quality of life. As a student, you will have the opportunity to develop skills such as program planning, individual and group modes of facilitation, interventions with clients, their families and significant others, case management, interpersonal communication, and skills related to working with bereavement and grief. You will also benefit from a very substantial fieldwork placement component which starts in the second semester and runs through the third and fourth semesters.

Your studies in the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program include opportunities to engage in personal change and growth, to work cohesively as a member of a team, to integrate and apply professional ethics, to meet deadlines, manage personal issues that might arise, and successfully achieve the learning outcomes of the various subjects. The College offers a variety of supports to assist you in this self–directed learning environment where you are ultimately responsible for your personal success.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0]
Additional Admission Requirements:
    A current Police Reference check is required for entry into the field practice component of this program. A flu shot and TB test may also be required for placement at long term care facilities.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on April 21, 2023