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Diploma in Recreation Management in Gerontology

George Brown College - Waterfront Campus George Brown College - Waterfront Campus, Canada

Intake Sep 2023

Jan 2023, Sep 2022

work permit PG Work Permit

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CAD 17561

Tuition Fee (CAD)

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CAD 110

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24 months


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Program Overview

Recreation Management in Gerontology is a unique diploma program that will teach you the specialized skills required to work with older adults. Over the course of two years, you’ll learn how to design therapeutic programs for older adults that consider the physical, mental and spiritual perspectives of the aging process.

You’ll learn to develop strong communication skills – both from a management and interpersonal perspective. This work requires the ability to work with people across different life stages, so effective communication skills are essential to the job. You will go on to develop coordinator skills that will prepare you to manage physical, financial and human resources.

You’ll also study the science and theory behind aging. This in-depth look at the biological changes of aging includes an understanding of diseases often related to aging like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Hands-on learning is a major component of this program. To help you gain confidence as you learn to create specialized therapeutic programs, you’ll get lots of practice on-site at our 21,000+ square foot Simulation Centre facility and off-site with one of our field placement partners. You’ll also learn proper documentation and Resident Assessment Instrument – Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS) training.

This academically challenging program will equip you with the skills required to provide therapeutic recreation in a variety of settings that include long-term care facilities, retirement homes, community-based service agencies and adult day programs.

As a student in George Brown College’s Recreation Management in Gerontology program, you will become a member of the Recreation Professionals of Ontario (RPO). Membership is valid for five months post-graduation.

Your Field Education Options
Field education, also known as work integrated learning, plays an important role in this program by integrating theoretical learning with practical experience in a workplace setting. Field education is offered in each semester with each experience building on the previous one.

You can expect to complete your field placements in a variety of settings and with older adults of differing needs and abilities.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
    • Function effectively as a member of an inter-professional team in the development and provision of health-promoting and life-enhancing services and programs for older adults.
    • Accurately and comprehensively assess and record the ongoing needs of the older adult using a variety of widely used electronic systems.
    • Develop, coordinate, deliver and evaluate a variety of services/programs that enhance clients’ level of functioning and quality of life by applying relevant research and theory to practice.
    • Apply appropriate health and safety protocols in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of their clients, their co-workers and themselves.
    • Communicate effectively using a variety of therapeutic techniques and in adherence with privacy and freedom of information legislation.
    • Identify, select and use appropriate professional and community resources to meet the needs of the older adult.
    • Ensure programs operate in compliance with relevant policy, legislation and standards of practice for services to older adults in a variety of settings.
    • Establish and maintain professional and ethical standards in the field of activation gerontology as set out by relevant professional bodies.
    • Promote accessible, inclusive and responsive programs and services by recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities.
    • Manage physical, financial and human resources in order to effectively coordinate services for older adults.

Additional Information

Program Level UG Certificate / Diploma

College/University Processing Time 30

Program Intensity Full-Time

Work Permit work permit PGWP

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.0 - With No Band Less Than - 5.5
    • Minimum Overall Score - 80 - With no score less than - 20
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 54.0  Minimum Listening - 50.0  Minimum Reading - 50.0  Minimum Writing - 50.0  Minimum Speaking - 50.0  
    • Minimum Overall Score - 105.0  

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diplom or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • Grade 12 English

6 IELTS Score With no band less than 5.5
80 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
54 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
105 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
60% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

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Average Tuition Fee Per Year


Tuition Fee

CAD 110

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12000 Per year

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