Certificate in Aging and Continuing Care

Offered by:  School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health

Coordinator: Tanya Packer, tanya.packer@dal.ca, (902) 494-2615


With our aging of population, demand for continuing health care is an increasingly important topic in health, social and community services. The aging and continuing care certificate is not exclusively for occupational therapists, a wide range of students from many fields of study and practice, including social services, government, health promotion, nursing, adult mental health, and support programs will benefit from the certificate. You’ll build knowledge and skills in:

  • Biological and psychological changes related to aging and their impact on participation, inclusion and profession of older adults
  • Demographic and social aspects of aging
  • Theories related to aging, participation and inclusion of older adults
  • Continuing care services such as geriatric assessment, continuing care, housing, transportation, and palliative care
  • Social practices and public policies that have repercussions for continuing care and the occupational lives of older adults

Admission Requirements / Eligibility:

If you are working in health, social, leisure, educational and recreational services, these graduate certificates could be for you. You must meet the minimum admission requirements as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Others may be eligible and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Certificate Requirements:

Core course requirements:

OCCU 6509.03 Aging and Continuing Care


Electives (Pick 6 credit hours from the following):

OCCU 5010.03 Advanced Studies on Enabling Occupation

OCCU 5030.03 Advanced Research Theory and Methods for Occupational Therapists?

OCCU 5040.03 Identity and Transitions

OCCU 5041.03 Evidence-based Occupational Therapy?

OCCU 5042.03 Community Development for Occupational Therapists?

OCCU 5043.03 Program Evaluation for Occupational Therapists

OCCU 6504.03 Measuring Health Outcomes

Application of Credit Hours Towards Other Degree Requirements:

Courses completed as part of this certificate may be double-counted towards the requirements of a concurrent degree, subject to approval by the student’s supervisor and graduate coordinator in their primary degree program.  Courses not approved to count towards the primary degree requirements will result in additional tuition fees on a per-course fee basis.