Contemporary Topics in Aging

The Contemporary Topics in Aging Stackable Certificate is uniquely tailored to support the development of advanced skills and knowledge in the care of older adults. Whether you are working with older adults in an acute care specialty unit, community health service, or in a long-term care or supported living facility, this certificate offers the opportunity to advance your nursing practice and to tailor your learning to meet your particular needs.

The blended online approach focuses on learning within the context of practice and is flexible to meet student learning needs. The certificate covers theoretical understandings of aging and care of older adults across multiple contexts, geriatric assessment. focused study opportunities, and quality improvement (theory and practice).

Residency Dates

**UCalgary will be offering all 2020 Fall courses on line.

Residency dates will continue as scheduled in a virtual format.

For details/information, please contact the course instructors for each respective certificate

Team Lead Aging Stackable

Lorraine Venturato

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Required Courses

NURS 602 - Fall 2020

Theoretical Perspectives in Aging      

Overview of key theories of aging and explores contemporary and emerging issues associated with aging populations. Students will consider the provision of health and social services to older adults across different care continuums and explore their roles in the care of older adults at individual, community, and population levels.


NURS 604 - Winter 2021

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Philosophy and principles of a comprehensive geriatric assessment. The impact of age-related changes that contribute to older adults’ presentation and the responses to therapeutic management will be explored.  Students will utilize this knowledge and explore how it relates to advanced practice.


NURS 606 - Spring 2021

Focused Studies in Aging

Explores contemporary clinical issues of significance to an older adult population in detail. Students will select specific topics and may choose three modules from among the following: 1) Co-Morbidity and Chronicity; 2) Frailty and progressive changes in Functioning; 3) Cognitive Issues in Aging; 4) Palliation; and 5) Disability. Also covers principles of practice development and practice improvement using a quality improvement framework and development of a practice demonstration.


NURS 608 - Summer 2021

Specialized Practice Demonstration

Integrates content knowledge with practice development or improvement processes, in order to enact a specialised workplace practice demonstration. Students will be supported by faculty to undertake their practice demonstration and to evaluate the effects of change on key stakeholders.


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