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Gerontological Nursing – Post Graduate Diploma

Program Details

Length: 2 years

Total Credits: 60

Intake Terms: Winter

Campus: Castlegar

Student Loans: This program is not eligible for Student Loans

Credential Received

Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing


Program Summary

If you are an internationally educated nurse and interested in geriatrics, this Post Graduate Diploma will prepare you to effectively work with older adults, promoting wellness and enabling health.

The geriatric population is the fastest growing health cohort around the world. Currently 70 per cent of all patients in Canada are elderly. Registered nurses must have specialized knowledge and training to effectively educate, assess and care for these older people.

This Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing will give you the tools and skills to meet the complex physical, social, environmental, cognitive and spiritual needs of the elderly.

You will be given the chance to have intercultural exchange between graduate nurses from other countries and on-campus BSN students. This will promote rich dialogue about nursing approaches, philosophies and global health needs.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • introduce internationally educated Registered Nurses to the Canadian health care. system and the scope of Registered Nursing practice in Canada.
  • examine complex needs of the elderly.
  • interpret basic geriatric trends and issues.
  • apply a variety of health assessment strategies and tools.
  • enhance critical thinking skills when planning for the management of complex geriatric issues.
  • apply evidence-based interventions to maximize geriatric wellness.
  • develop advocacy skills at relational, unit and policy making levels.
  • model a health promotion, wellness, and person-centered approach to care.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for admission to Selkirk College, applicants from countries outside of Canada must meet the following requirements.

  • B.Sc. Nursing degree / GNM Diploma from a recognized nursing school with English as a primary language of instruction.
  • Registration with a national/provincial/state nursing association
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with no band score lower than 6.0 and reading band score 6.5

Additional Requirements

  • One letter of reference from current or previous employer
  • Resume / CV with a minimum of 900 hours nursing experience within the last five years
  • Completed Immunization Forms

Program Courses

Term 1

Required courses

EASL 066College Preparation - Research Writing


GNUR 399College Orientation


GNUR 403Interpersonal Communications


GNUR 500Introduction to Gerontological Nursing


GNUR 502Introduction to Health Care Practice in Canada


Term 2

Required courses

GNUR 503Delirium, Dementia and Depression in the Elderly


GNUR 504Nursing Lab - Basic Skills & Physical Assessment


GNUR 511Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management: Part I


GNUR 514End-of-Life Care


GNUR 520Clinical Practice in Complex Care


Term 3

Required courses

GNUR 411Introduction to Nursing Leadership


GNUR 412Professional Nursing in the Canadian Health Care System


GNUR 505Advanced Pharmacology for the Elderly


GNUR 512Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management: Part II


MHAD 500Mental Health and Addictions I


Term 4

Required courses

GNUR 501Psychosocial Issues Impacting Aging


GNUR 508Nursing Lab - Advanced Clinical Skills & Wound Care


GNUR 525Clinical Practice in Community & Acute Care


MHAD 501Mental Health and Addictions II