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Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Undergraduate Programs and Courses Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology
Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology
Program Coordinator J. Taylor
Program Committee  
(Anthropology) E. Molto
(Nursing) T. King
(Kinesiology) J. Taylor
(Psychology) M.J. Stones
(Social Work) M.L. Kelley
(Sociology) S.D. Stone
Program Co-ordinator K. Maddox
Program Committee  
(Gerontology) M. Stones
(Nursing) K. Maddox,
  D. Pallen
(Social Work) M.L. Kelley

The Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology evolved from activities of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), formerly known as the Northern Educational Centre for Aging & Health (NECAH), established at Lakehead University in 1991. CERAH was responsible for exciting and respected innovations in community education, academic programming, and research relevant to aging and health.

Programs offered include a three-year BA in Gerontology, a four-year Double Major with Psychology, Honours degree in Gerontology with Major Concentration in Women's Studies, Honours degrees in Sociology and Social Work with Major Concentrations in Gerontology, a Gerontology Minor, an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Palliative Care, and a Graduate Specialization in Gerontology. The aims of these programs are to provide multidisciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to understand individual and societal influences on aging, and their relevance to function, health, and well-being throughout the adult life span.

The goal of the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate Program is to promote the provision of excellent care to persons who are chronically and terminally ill and to their families, through education about palliative care, its history, and best practices. The Certificate Program is intended for anyone who is interested in learning more about palliative care. An Advanced Palliative Care Certificate Program is currently under development.

The Certificate in Dementia Studies may also be of interest to Gerontology students. The goal of this certificate program is to provide education about dementia - progressive diseases that reduce cognitive and functional performances mainly - but not exclusively - in an older population. This program may be of interest to professional and family caregivers, who provide care or service for individuals affected by dementia. Admission requirements are outlined in the General Admission Requirements of the Admissions section of this Calendar.


See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 27.

Students who are currently enroled in an undergraduate degree program may take courses towards a Minor in Gerontology.

Admission to the Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate Program is subject to the applicant meeting the admission entrance requirements as outlined in the Admissions section of this Calendar. The certificate can be taken as part of a student's degree preparation or as continuing professional education following graduation, and may be taken by full-time or part-time students. A background preparation in a health or social service field is not required.

Admission to the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Dementia Studies program is governed by the degree general entrance requirements for Lakehead University (see Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs portion of the Admission Requirements and Registration section of this Calendar, page 29). Exceptions to this requirement may be given to mature students; see the Mature Student and Extraordinary Admissions sections on page 32.


In addition to the University Regulations, page 45, and the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Regulations, page 140, of this Calendar, the following regulations for Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology also apply to students in these programs.

It is the responsibility of each student registered at Lakehead University to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree, diploma or certificate which he/she seeks.

Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which registration is affected satisfy the program requirements of the degree sought. Academic advice and counselling for all who need assistance are freely available.

It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules and regulations of the University.

Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information outlined in this Calendar as well as the information pertaining to the faculty or school in which he/she is enrolled.

Students in the Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology can normally, independently select courses in a given program providing:
(i) they follow all Calendar regulations;
(ii) they consult with the coordinator and/or appropriate departmental authority where stipulated in the Calendar.

1. A student who successfully completes the courses as indicated in his/her program of study will have his/her year level incremented as follows:
Year 1 = < 4 full course equivalents
Year 2 = 4 to < 9 full course equivalents
Year 3 = 9 to < 14 full course equivalents
Year 4 = 14 >

2. Further to the University Regulation II Registration (f), page 45, first year students in degree programs may not enrol in a third or fourth year Gerontology course without permission of the instructor.

3. A student who attains a weighted average of at least C in the courses of his/her major(s) (Bachelor's degree program), and at least D in all the courses of his/her year, may proceed without condition imposed by the Gerontology Program. Special departmental requirements and standing requirements for all programs are stated in the departmental sections of the Calendar.

(a) A student will be deemed to have failed his/her program in either of the following two cases:
(i) More than 5 full course equivalent failures are accumulated at any time.
(ii) Fewer than 15 full course equivalent credits are achieved in 20 full-course equivalent attempts.*
*An attempt is a full course registration or two half-course registrations not formally cancelled with the Registrar by the prescribed dates for withdrawal from the full or half courses without academic penalty.

(b) A student who has failed a course or courses may write special examinations as outlined in Regulation VII (Special Examinations page 47).

(c) A student who has failed his/her program is eligible to apply for re-admission to another University program. Normally, a student will be re-admitted only once.

(d) A student admitted to an Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology after having failed a program in another department/school will receive credit for only those courses in which at least a C grade has been obtained and which are applicable to the Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology.

Not all courses outlined in the Calendar are offered every year. The Office of the Registrar or the appropriate Faculty, Department or School should be consulted for supplementary information regarding final and complete timetable, course offerings and course instructors prior to the start of classes.

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.