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3 Semesters (1 Year)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma
Community Services

About the Program

This accelerated program is designed for students who have completed a degree in a related field such as, social or health sciences, business or public administration. The applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. As a student in this three-semester diploma program, you will focus on holistic strength-based approaches to help older adults maintain independence and quality of life.

Work Experience

Field Placement

As a student in this program, your field work will begin in semester two and continue in semester three. Students complete 220 hours of field work in each semester.

You may do your placement in a residential settings for seniors such as long term care facilities or retirement homes or in community agencies which provide programs and services to seniors living in the community including adult day programs, hospice, etc.

Fieldwork days are typically:

  • The equivalent of two full days per week in semesters two, three and four

  • Full week block placements as scheduled throughout the program duration

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Government agencies
  • Not-for-profit agencies including long term care facilities and community agencies providing services to seniors
  • For profit private businesses such as retirement homes
  • Co-ordination of home support services
  • Supportive housing co-ordination
  • Co-ordination of volunteer programs
  • Therapeutic recreation/activation
  • Adult day programs
  • Coordination of education and public awareness

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Therapeutic program planning
  • Individual and group modes of facilitation
  • Interventions with clients, families and significant others
  • Service coordination and navigation
  • Assessment of client needs and strengths
  • Understanding of appropriate interventions for special client groups
  • Advocacy