Program Information

The Lambton College Interprofessional Practice - Gerontology, Ontario College Graduate Certificate focuses on preparing graduates to work interprofessionally to enhance their professional practice to care for aging adults and families who require complex and/or long-term care within institutions or in the home in Canada. In the program, students develop skills in collaborative patient-centred care and inclusive practice.

Program curriculum includes comprehensive patient assessment and team approaches to client and family centric care planning and delivery. Students also study various age-related changes in social, psychological and biological functions to evaluate the implications of these changes on individuals' ability to interact with their social and physical environments and on individuals' care needs.

As a culmination of program learning, students participate in both an interprofessional field placement within a community organization as well as a community project, which includes the completion of an associated capstone project research paper. Program curriculum along with real world experiences prepares graduates for employment in a range of Canadian work settings including senior centres, day and leisure programs, research and education services, retirement homes, long term care homes, group homes and home support services.

Please Note: This program has specific placement requirements - review requirements before leaving your home country.

Fall 2022 Delivery Format

Term 1 classes will be delivered in person and students will be required to be on campus for the duration of the term. The 2022 Fall term begins on September 6. However, to allow for travel delays, students can join their classes remotely until September 23. Students must be on campus by September 26, 2022.

For upper year students, information about delivery format is available on

See Course List

Admission Requirements

A university degree in a health related field.

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College recommends that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Course List

LHC-1074: Patient and Family Centred Care

Patient and Family-Centered Care (PFCC) is an approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare based on mutually beneficial partnerships among patients, families and health care professionals. These partnerships occur at the clinical, program, organizational and policy levels to assure the quality and safety of health care delivery. This course focuses on effective leadership strategies to advance the practice of patient and family-centred care within healthcare organizations.

LHC-1083: Patient Safety

Ensuring patient safety and healthcare quality is critical to everyone in healthcare practice. This course provides healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skill and systems thinking needed to lead the implementation of effective quality and patient safety programs. Learners will examine evidence informed, best practices and elements needed to create a culture of safety and one that engages patients in patient safety. Topics also focus on concepts of human factors, technology, medical errors and the standards and organizational practices which govern quality, safety and risk management in health care today.

LHC-1093: Evidence Based Practice

This course focuses on the research process and the analysis and evaluation of research to integrate the best evidence into practice. Learners will gain an understanding of health research evidence and strengthen their research knowledge and skills in order to make informed decisions in their practice. These skills include the ability to understand and interpret research literature and the capacity to translate this knowledge to support and inform practice innovations.

IPG-1003: Interprofessional Practice - A Canadian Perspective

This course introduces students to key concepts of interprofessional collaboration within Canada, with a focus in gerontology. Learners gain an understanding of various health and social service professions in terms of roles, responsibilities, and competencies. Through self-reflection, students develop an awareness of professionalism and principles of effective team functioning as key components for interprofessional and ethical behaviour. Students participate in activities that incorporate principles of collaborative leadership and conflict resolution that foster a coordinated approach to shared decision making.

IPG-1013: The Aging Population

This course reviews the natural process of aging including typical patterns and trends associated with the geriatric population. Students explore the physical, mental, and social aspects of the aging process within the social and health care systems. From an interprofessional approach, students examine pharmacological and naturalistic approaches to common disease treatment and prevention strategies using current research findings.

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

PSW-2003: Palliative Care

This course is a study of the client and the role of the Personal Support Worker in palliative care. This course will provide the successful student with the Fundamentals of Palliative Care equivalency certificate. The Fundamentals of Palliative Care is an introductory education program based on foundational concepts from A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care: Based on the National Principles and Norms of Practice (Ferris et al., 2002). The course is offered with the permission of the Southwestern Ontario Hospice Palliative Care Education program to Lambton College PSW students. The goal is to provide learning opportunities for formal care providers and provide the best practices in end-of life care to persons and families in Ontario.

IPG-2003: Leadership in Canadian Health Care

Students learn the fundamental skills required for effective leadership in a Canadian health care setting. Topics covered include resolution, leadership and negotiation skills, strategic planning, leadership culture and accountability, and advanced coaching practices. Students examine topics related to primary health care, the social determinants of health, health reform and public policy. This course highlights leadership styles and skills that are responsive to the health needs and strengthen primary health care in Canada. Designed to help participants enhance their Emotional Intelligence in terms of both personal and social competence.

LHC-2094: Cultural Competence for Health Care Providers

Cultural competence is an integral part of providing quality, patient and family-centred care. Cultural competence and culturally effective care are also critical for improving health outcomes, patient safety and patient satisfaction. Health care providers need knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent and culturally appropriate care in today's multicultural society. This course examines concepts related to cultural competency, diversity, the nature of organizational culture, transcultural caring and change in health care organizations and systems.

LHC-2104: Leadership in Canadian Health Care Lab

This course introduces learners to the health care challenges leaders must face and manage in the workplace. Learners will examine a number of different strategies necessary for leadership and management in current and future health care environments. Topics covered in simulated learning experiences, will focus on patient safety, cultural competence, technology, informatics, interprofessional collaboration and critical thinking. In addition, learners will study how delegation, professionalism, communication and teamwork improves health care delivery.

IPG-2013: Frailty in the Elderly

In this course, students study geriatric modules based on the Geriatrics interprofessional interorganizational Collaboration (GiiC) toolkit developed by the RGPs of Ontario. Topics covered include geriatric addictions, heart failure, falls, medication, nutrition, delirium, frailty, pain, incontinence, exercise and depression. Online certificate -

IPG-2032: Career Development

This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop the material and skills required to obtain and maintain employment in a geriatric health related field. This course provides students with an opportunity to complete the required documentation for "Passport to Placement" which is required to enter the clinical field placement.

Academic Break

IPG-3004: Canadian Community Practice

This course provides a multidisciplinary experience in the concepts and methods of population-based health sciences. The student will explore the roots of community health in Canada incorporating community health foundations and principles related to health promotion, disease prevention and health program planning and evaluation with a focus on the senior population. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding of community health in Canada.

IPG-3014: Principles of Canadian Long Term Care

Successful completion of this course will enable the student to understand and critically analyze the current Canadian long-term care system and the impact of expected changes on the delivery of service. The course will deal with the policies, values, concepts, and complexities of the health care system in the municipal, provincial, national and international contexts. It will also provide an understanding of the political processes and legislation that have shaped and will continue to shape the delivery of long-term care. Discussion will include the administrative issues and trends in the provision of services to culturally diverse clients of all ages and conditions in both community and institutional environments.

IPG-3023: Working with Clients with Dementia

Providing a holistic model of care for dementia clients is the philosophy used in this introductory course. The student will explore differences between normal aging and dementia and learn about the assessment and diagnosis of diseases causing dementia. Appropriate communication, physical and emotional environments, and effects of dementia on clients, caregivers and the family are discussed. Completion of the Gentle Persuasive Approaches Certificate will be part of this course.

IPG-3033: Mental Health and the Aging Population

In this course, you will explore the elderly as a special population among those people who experience mental health problems. You will consider values, personal philosophy, ethical and legal issues, advocacy, and lobbying to effect change and influence public awareness. You will be introduced to holistic models and frameworks for the assessment and care of the elderly client experiencing mental health disorders. You will discuss caregiver needs as it applies to staff members in various agencies and organizations and to family members and friends of people with mental health needs.

IPG-3043: Patient Navigation in Canada

Upgrade your skills and expand your role as a health professional by helping patients and families navigate the complex Canadian health care and social services system. This course empowers you with the confidence and practical skills you need to act as an effective liaison between patients and health care professionals in your role as a navigator and/or clinician. The Canadian health care system can be fragmented, uncoordinated, and complex for patients and families. Patient Navigators guide patients and families through the health care system to understand diagnoses, treatment options, and available resources. By assisting everyday Canadians, particularly vulnerable populations, overcome barriers to health care access and bridge gaps in transitions of care, patient navigators can effectively contribute towards an efficient, equitable, and patient-centred health care system.

IPG-4006: Placement

CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

Please Note: Field Placements are unpaid opportunities for students to gain valuable work experiences.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the program will gain enhanced knowledge, skill and vision in working with the elderly within Canadian health care system.

This program does not meet the preparatory requirements or the eligibility criteria to write the registration exams to qualify as a registered practical nurse or registered nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Please visit the College of Nurses of Ontario to learn more about how to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in Ontario. The college will not provide evidence of language proficiency and students must write the accepted language proficiency tests as set out by the CNO.

Career positions may include, but are not limited to: continuing care assistant, geriatric aide, geriatric health care attendant, health care aide, health care assistant, hospice worker, institutional aide, and long-term care aide.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Sarnia/Main Campus
905-890-7833 x 222
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