Certificate Programme in Applied Gerontology(CAG)

Aims

  1. In accordance with the educational philosophy of “From Personhood to Benevolence”, the Certificate Programme in Applied Gerontology aims at equipping senior service workers with comprehensive knowledge of gerontology, who will then provide high-quality service for older adults and satisfy the needs of an ageing society.
  2. The Programme fosters students' acute perception in senior policies and capabilities to make relevant recommendations to promote a positive ageing society.
     

Programme Features

  1. The Certificate Programme in Applied Gerontology, by providing subjects related to education, assessment, execution plan, management and clinical analysis, satisfies the needs of senior care and professional development.
  2. The Programme is set up for bachelor degree holders who works in senior service organizations as social service provider, medical and nursing care provider, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and other health-related position, as well as people who are interested in senior care.
  3. The Programme highlights the comprehensive concept of senior care in different health domains. The teaching attaches emphasis to the study and the reflection that are based on solving actual problems, in order to foster students’ clinical thinking. In the meantime, the Programme employs evidence-based and diversified health management approaches as the predominant teaching foundation for clinical practice.
  4. Upon completion of the Programme, students will acquire professional knowledge about gerontological care. This Programme helps students in developing the ability to solve the problems that they encounter in their workplaces and to enhance professional care ability. Students will be able to perform different functions in senior service, including professional care, multi-disciplinary collaboration, leadership, ethical decision-making, health promotion and so on; and eventually satisfy the needs of older adults' health.

 

Duration of Study

10 months

 

Medium of Instruction

Chinese and English

 

Entrance Requirements

  1. Applicants must have attained bachelor degree of health or social work discipline, such as medicine, nursing, social work, physiology, occupational therapy, psychological counseling, etc.; or equivalent qualification recognized by the Academic Committee.
  2. Applicants who have worked in senior service or related sectors for 1 year or above will be considered with priority.

 

Required documents

  1. Application form (available at KWNC's official website and KWNC's campuses)
  2. Photocopy of identification document (both sides of ID must be printed on the same page of an A4 paper; the original of ID must be presented for verification)
  3. Photocopy of graduation certificate of bachelor degree (the original copy must be presented for verification)
  4. Employment certification letter
  5. Two passport photos sizing 1.5”
  6. Application fee: MOP$200.00

*Remark: This Programme aims at providing short-term training for people who are working as senior service provider or who are interested in providing senior service, but not at helping students to attain professional registration or to enter/ be promoted to professional ranks.

 

Programme Design

Core Subjects

Hours

Credit

CAG01 Introduction to Applied Gerontology

30

2

CAG02 Health Management for Older Adults

30

2

CAG03 Management of Long Term Care Facilities

30

2

CAG04 Comprehensive Assessment and Individual Care  Plan

30

2

CAG05 Issues in Ageing Society

30

2

 

CAG01 Introduction to Applied Gerontology

Through discussion and lecture, students will understand the fundamental concept of gerontology, the influence of ageing society on individual, family and society and approaches that promote a positive ageing; via discussion, students will be led to have in-depth thinking about influence of public's point of view on senior policy, the significance and strategy of reaching social consensus. In addition, the features of students’ working position will be involved in the discussion sessions to analyze the ethical issues commonly seen in gerontological care, and to attain the concerned legal knowledge.

 

CAG02 Health Management for Older Adults

By having discussion about the physical, mental and social changes throughout the course of ageing, and by using the concept of self-management, students will be motivated to study the commonly seen health issues of the handing methods thereof.

 

CAG03 Management of Long Term Care Facilities

The subject will, via lecture and discussion, enable students to understand the concept and theory of quality enhancement and risk management and to practice in their working position, so as to optimize the quality of gerontological quality. Furthermore, by having critical thinking and applying managerial principles to avoid risk while participating in the organizational management, in an effort to optimize senior care.

 

CAG04 Comprehensive Assessment and Individual Care Plan

Through discussion and lecture, students will learn the concept of communication with senior citizens and comprehensive evaluation, so as to understand senior citizens' comprehensive status, mental status, family network, habit of living, nutrition, to perform evaluation of environmental, economical and social support system, and to build a multi-disciplinary team to design personalized caring plan for seniors.

 

CAG05 Issues in Ageing Society

Students will engage in seminar and discussion about discussion of issues in the ageing society and strategy. According to the characteristics of senior citizens, the learning outcome of different subjects, students will have exchange about seniors' cognitive and mental health and elaborate on respect and care for seniors' life, so as to develop solution that will satisfy the demand for senior health management and the management of ageing society.