Working with Seniors: A Primer

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

Self-directed learning




12 hours – Participants are able to enroll at any time throughout the year and are asked to complete the program of study within 12 weeks.


Gillian Nichol

Learner Outcomes

This specialty basic level course was developed in partnership with Baycrest Health Sciences to fill an important gap in the education of health care professionals and others providing support to seniors. The overall goal of this program is to enable new health professionals, caregivers and others to be comfortable and confident in working with geriatric clients who will soon make up over 50 % of the patients we serve.

Evaluation Method

Each module contains multiple choice questions that will assess comprehension of the course material as you progress through the modules.  A minimum grade of 80% on the questions contained in each module is required for you to successfully complete the program.

Once you have completed all online units, you must complete and submit a case study that will require you to apply your learning from the online units. Submissions will be graded by the course tutor using a pass/fail system.

You will receive a final certificate once you have completed all program components.

Intended For

Health care professionals, caregivers and anyone who is providing support to seniors.


For an additional fee, Michener will offer a full day simulation workshop designed to integrate the online learning content and give participants an opportunity to practice skills with seniors (simulated patients). If your organization is interested in learning more, please contact

Text Book





There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics Covered

This course is 12 hours of online interactive and self-directed learning covering the following modules:

  • An Overview of the Aging Process
  • Communication (normal and pathological)
  • Depression, Delirium and Dementia
  • Mobility and Falls
  • Skin, Continence and Pain
  • Palliative Care: Living Well and dying well
  • Ethics and Elder Abuse

Working With Seniors: A Primer – SH705 – Continuing Education


CodeCourse TitleFormatTuitionDate(s)Register ByAvailability
SH705-1Working with Seniors: Primer
~Open For Continuous Enrollment