Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology Program (C102)

  • Program Name:
    Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology
  • Code: C102
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Waterfront Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,143.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Required field education in all four semesters

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This program will be called Recreation Management in Gerontology for 2020/2021 and will use the code C152.

Leadership Claims

This Ontario College Diploma program is unique in Ontario.

Program Overview

Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology is a two-year diploma program that will provide you with specialized knowledge in the field of aging. Graduates design and deliver meaningful therapeutic programs to enhance the quality of life of older adults. This Ontario College Diploma program is unique in Ontario.

Full Description

Activation Co-ordinator/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 start by developing 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 both 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 and day programs.

If you are someone who is energetic, organized, creative and enjoys working with older adults, consider this profession.

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. Each semester of this program offers a field education component, with each semester’s 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Accurately and comprehensively assess and record the ongoing needs of the older adult using a variety of widely used electronic systems.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply appropriate health and safety protocols in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of their clients, their co-workers and themselves.
  5. Communicate effectively using a variety of therapeutic techniques and in adherence with privacy and freedom of information legislation.
  6. Identify, select and use appropriate professional and community resources to meet the needs of the older adult.
  7. Ensure programs operate in compliance with relevant policy, legislation and standards of practice for services to older adults in a variety of settings.
  8. Establish and maintain professional and ethical standards in the field of activation gerontology as set out by relevant professional bodies.
  9. Promote accessible, inclusive and responsive programs and services by recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities.
  10. Manage physical, financial and human resources in order to effectively coordinate services for older adults.


Required Courses


semester courses
Code Course Name
COMM1081 Interpersonal Communication Skills
GERT1004 Recreation I: Therapeutic Interventions
GERT 1038 Pre-Placement Seminar
GERT1018 Field Practice I
GERT1035 Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
GERT1033 Introduction to Gerontology
GERT1010 Aging in Place
GERT1025 Integrated Seminar I
COMM1003 English Skills


semester courses
Code Course Name
GERT1002 Fitness and Wellness
GERT1015 Recreation II: Therapeutic Programming
GERT1020 Field Practice II
GERT1027 Integrated Seminar II
GERT1012 Assessment Skills and Inter-RAI Methodology
GERT1036 Management I: Foundation Skills
GERT1160 Introduction to the Biology of Aging
COMM1007 College English
  Year 1 Journals


semester courses
Code Course Name
GERT2004 Management II: Professional Development
GERT2009 Field Practice III
GERT2016 Integrated Seminar III
GERT2028 Recreation III: Alternative Therapeutic Programming
GERT2031 Ethical and Professional Leadership
SWRK2001 Group Processes
GNED General Education Elective
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
GERT2006 Activation Industry Resources
GERT2023 Governance of Services for Older Adults
GHUM1043 Living with Dying
GERT2011 Field Practice IV
GERT1014 Psychogeriatrics
GERT2018 Integrated Seminar IV
SWRK2000 Management III: Human Resources
GNED General Education Elective

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

The increase in the number of older adults has created a growing demand for workers with knowledge and skills specific to the needs of later life.

Graduates are employed as Activation Co-ordinators in:

  • day centres
  • community centres
  • long-term care homes
  • retirement homes
  • community-based service agencies

As Canada's population continues to age, employment opportunities are growing rapidly.

Educational Pathways

Graduates of the Activation Coordinator/Gerontology program with a grade point average of 2.8 or higher can apply to complete a three-year B.A. in Gerontology at Laurentian University in a reduced timeframe (approximately 12-18 months). Exact time of completion will depend on existing post-secondary credentials. This degree is offered through distance education or at the Laurentian campus in Sudbury. For more information contact

Graduates with a B.A. in Gerontology from Laurentian University can apply to complete the Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology diploma in one year. For more information contact or

Future Study Options

Students who successfully complete this program may be considered for exemptions in other programs at George Brown College.

For further information, see

Tuition and Fees


$4,143.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and the selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C ) or (U) with a minimum grade of 65%
  • Attending an information session is highly recommended.

Admissions decisions are based on academic credit; however, it is recommended that applicants accumulate at least 40 volunteer hours, preferably working with older adults, prior to applying.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon acceptance and confirmation into the program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program. This may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with requests from our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police record check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)”.
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police reference check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Hong Thi Khanh Nguyen

The most satisfying thing of working with seniors is that I feel that every day when I come in to work, I am doing something good for society.

Student Name
Andrea Linton

The Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology program at George Brown College provided me with the proper qualifications to work in my chosen field, while the placement experience provided me with two permanent job opportunities. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking at working with our senior population.

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