The largest growing health cohort is the geriatric population. By 2030, 25% of Canadians will be over 65; 12% will be over 85 years of age. Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses who have completed this Advanced Diploma will have specialized knowledge and training to effectively educate, assess and care for older people. Graduates will have the ability to analyse trends and challenges in the field of Geriatrics, and the tools and skills to meet the complex physical, social, environmental, cognitive and spiritual needs of the elderly.
Facility care (all levels), acute care, community nursing (home care and case management), mental health, health promotion agencies, clinics and primary health care settings are all potential areas of employment for nurses with specialized skills and knowledge in gerontology.