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Care of Vulnerable Populations

Please note that this program is closed. Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Build on your knowledge and experience in the health care and social service fields with a two-semester post-graduate certificate. Gain the skills and attitudes necessary to provide a range of support to help clients, specifically the aged and the terminally ill and their families, live as independently as possible through the provision of compassionate care where quality of life is the primary objective and symptom control is the basis for care.
  • Credential
    • One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate

  • Location
    • Belleville campus

Find your career

This program is designed to enhance the knowledge of health care or social service professionals who support vulnerable populations, such as the aged and terminally ill, and their families. The Governemnt of Canada's job bank estimates the number of Personal Care positions nationwide is expected to open approx. 44,400 jobs by 2026. According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be adding four million hours of community based care over the next four years. This translates into 2080 new full time  jobs in Ontario over the next few years.          

Graduates of this program find rewarding careers in a variety of gerontology and palliative care specialty areas, including the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Retirement homes
  • Community-home agencies
  • Gerontology education

Is it for you?

People who thrive in this career are caring professionals who:

  • Enjoy interacting with people, talking and listening
  • Are comfortable working as part of a team
  • Come from a variety of backgrounds
  • Enjoy helping others

Experiential Learning

Through hands-on learning and an interprofessional health care team approach, gain the skills required to provide supportive care to clients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges:

  • Explore strategies for developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with aged and palliative patients, thereby fostering their dignity, self-worth and independence.
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with aging and palliative patients as well as with health care team members.
  • Study how individuals cope with pain as well as appropriate measures for providing comfort and pain management to the terminally ill and their families within your scope of practice.
  • Become familiar with ethical, legal and spiritual considerations with regard to the care of vulnerable populations, and develop an understanding of individual and multicultural approaches to aging, death, dying and grieving.
  • Apply theory and concepts as related to caring for vulnerable populations and palliative patients through a combination of a clinical practicum and immersive simulation.

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