Seneca Polytechnic

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Social Service Worker - Gerontology (Accelerated)

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 Accelerated 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 assessment of clients, program planning; individual and group modes of facilitation; interventions with clients, their families and significant others; case co-ordination and advocacy; interpersonal communication and skills related to working with bereavement and grief. You will become familiar with the various support services for seniors in Ontario and how they are administered, and the relevant legislation which applies to working with seniors. Course content includes mandated government initiatives for working with seniors, and the most recent accepted best practices. In addition to required courses, students are offered the opportunity to participate in additional educational workshops and training.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Program Eligibility:

    - Ontario University Degree (Bachelor of Arts) or equivalent in Social Sciences, Applied Community Services or Applied Health Sciences.
    - Under special circumstances, graduates from other areas of study or from diploma programs in a related area of study may be considered.
    - Five Social Science related credits at the postsecondary level.
    - English proficiency at the post-secondary level.
    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.0] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550]
    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