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​Speak with your employer in the long-term care or retirement sector to see if there is a sponsorship opportunity to take this program.

About the program

The Leadership in Senior Living Program equips current and aspiring leaders with the skills they need to effectively lead high-functioning teams and support person-centred care in today's senior living sector. The program includes five online courses where learners engage in group discussions, examine real-life scenarios and learn from leading experts. Program graduates foster individual, team and organizational success, creating senior living environments where everyone thrives.

Course topics include effective leadership approaches and living the mission, vision and values, the customer experience and changing the organizational culture to support aging well, evidence-informed decision making and analyzing contributing factors and expected outcomes, leading teams and fostering individual performance and healthy team dynamics, and quality improvement and sustaining individual, team and organizational success.

Learners who complete this program will benefit from an engaging online learning experience with the latest best practices in leadership for senior living. The program offers a flexible schedule with learners typically completing the program within 12 months and committing approximately 3 hours a week. Coursework includes individual and group assignments, including case studies, written assignments and reflections.

The program meets Ontario requirements for a program of instruction for Administrators in the Regulations under the Long-Term Care Homes Act.

The Leadership in Senior Living program was co-developed by Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the program would be suited for careers as new or emerging leaders in senior living environments.

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Program outcomes

  • Select appropriate leadership strategies to effectively lead teams, support organizational change for aging well and provide high quality person-centred care.
  • Formulate evidence-informed person-centred recommendations that encompass internal and external factors including ethics, values and professional resources.
  • Analyze organization operations in order to support strategic and operational decision-making and guide continuous quality improvement.

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Upcoming registrations

Mark your calendar with our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024