Working with Dementia Clients - Multidiscipline

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (6 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 6284X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

If you work in the healthcare or social science fields and want to increase your competency in caring for individuals with dementia, this Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides students with the skills and strategies necessary for person-centred care, while emphasizing the importance of preserving the uniqueness of individuals with dementia.

Graduates of the program may find employment in long-term care facilities, special units in retirement homes and in cognitive teams within various community health agencies.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are committed to working with compassion and understanding.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Are willing to meet the needs of our aging population.
  • Possess the ability to handle physically demanding situations.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

This program has an application process. All applicants must complete an application form and submit it to the Online Administrative Coordinator: in person or by email:

Online Administrative Coordinator
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
1385 Woodroffe Ave, P209
Ottawa ON K2G 1V8

Clinical Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for clinical/field placement, HLT6737, students must:

  • Submit proof of a clear and valid Police Records Check for Service with Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). This document is typically valid for one year (12 months). This document will be retained on your departmental file and will be used only for the purposes related to placement.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS form your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Coordinator.
  • Complete CPR training. This certification is typically valid for one year (12 months).
  • Complete the Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or immunization form. This document is typically valid for one year (12 months).

All students will receive detailed information about the field placement eligibility requirements upon admission to the program.

Program Eligibility

This program has an application process. All applicants must complete an application form and submit it to the Online Administrative Coordinator: in person, by email or by fax:

Online Administrative Coordinator
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
1385 Woodroffe Ave, P209
Ottawa ON K2G 1V8
Fax: 613-727-7634

Clinical Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for clinical/field placement, HLT6737, students must:

  • Submit proof of a clear and valid Police Records Check for Service with Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). This document is typically valid for one year (12 months). This document will be retained on your departmental file and will be used only for the purposes related to placement.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS form your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Coordinator.
  • Complete CPR training. This certification is typically valid for one year (12 months).
  • Complete the Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or immunization form. This document is typically valid for one year (12 months).

All students will receive detailed information about the field placement eligibility requirements upon admission to the program.

Notes

  • This program requires an application. Students may however, enrol in program courses if the stated course prerequisites are met.
  • SSC5624 Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Hospice Palliative Care is accepted as a substitute course for HLT6734 Ethics and Legalities.
  • As a course registrant, you may only register for a maximum of three courses in the program.
  • Should you wish to complete the program, you must meet the program admission requirements, and formally apply to be accepted into the program. Courses taken within six semesters from the first course registration may be applied toward the program once you are accepted as a program registrant. However, the College reserves the right to determine your eligibility for program admittance.
Clinical Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for Clinical/Field Placement, HLT6737, students must:

  • Submit proof of a clear and valid Police Records Check for Service with Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS).This document is typically valid for one year (12 months). This document will be retained on your departmental file and will be used only for the purposes related to placement.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Coordinator.
  • Complete CPR training. This certification is typically valid for one year (12 months).
  • Complete the Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or immunization form. This document is typically valid for one year (12 months).

Students will receive detailed information about the field placement eligibility requirements upon admission to the program.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Emily Pym, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 7133 or pyme@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

Online:Online Learning   
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
HLT667124.0Overview of Dementia CareOnline Learning
HLT670024.0Communication and Interpersonal SkillsOnline Learning
HLT670124.0Caregiving SkillsOnline Learning
HLT673424.0Ethics and LegalitiesOnline Learning
HLT673760.0Clinical/Field Placement with ClientsOnline Learning
Elective: choose 1
HLT563445.0An Introduction to the Study of AgingOnline Learning
NSG562730.0Orientation to Palliative CareOrientation to Palliative Care

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HLT6671 Overview of Dementia Care

Providing a holistic model of care for dementia clients is the philosophy used in this introductory course. Students explore differences between normal aging and dementia, and learn about the assessment and diagnosis of this disease. Appropriate physical and emotional environment, effects of dementia on clients, caregiver and the family unit are discussed. The role of research and the importance of public and professional education are also discussed.

HLT6700 Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Specific communication skills are required throughout the progressive stages of dementia. Dementia-specific approaches to communication, problem solving and cueing are reviewed. Working in teams, with families, and interagency partners to effect change and ensure quality programming for dementia clients are explored.

HLT6701 Caregiving Skills

Assessment of dementia clients includes understanding their activities of daily living skills, challenging behaviours and emotional and social needs. Using a case study approach, students discuss and develop a care plan that incorporates facilitative environments, cultural considerations, and the needs of the family and caregivers.

HLT6734 Ethics and Legalities

An understanding of the ethics and legalities pertinent to dementia clients is essential in order to protect their rights and advocate for them. Principles of advocacy and lobbying to affect change in the healthcare environment are emphasized. Students learn how to access community supports/resources and manoeuver through the system in which the client, family and caregivers are involved. Students evaluate services, identify gaps and create strategies to address these gaps.

HLT6737 Clinical/Field Placement with Clients

Working with dementia clients is an essential experience that assists students to integrate theory with practice. A suitable placement agency is identified and a learning plan is developed with the student based on individual experiential learning outcomes.

HLT5634 An Introduction to the Study of Aging

This course is an introduction to the study of aging and provides a survey of the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of aging.