Brain Disorders Management - 470

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
One year or less
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Learn the neuroscience to apply intervention strategies and research to support clients with brain disorders across the lifespan.

Program Highlights

  • First program in Ontario to focus on brain disorders management.
  • Flexible learning is available based on 2 program delivery options.

What you'll learn

  • Learn about the neuroscience of conditions across the lifespan as well as treatments that support cognitive and physical rehabilitation.
  • Engage in simulation exercises that build awareness and empathy.
  • Gain understanding about community supports as well as cutting-edge research about the brain.
  • Develop knowledge translation skills to successfully work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Work directly with clients or behind the scenes through research or policy development.

Program Length

  • Fall intake: 3 semesters (40 weeks) with classes offered in the evenings using a blended delivery (Fall: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00pm to 8:30pm; Winter: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:00pm to 8:30pm); Spring field placement is in-person and unpaid.
  • Winter intake: 3 semesters (40 weeks) with classes offered fully online in the Winter and Spring semesters; Fall field placement is in-person and unpaid.

Read about this program in the Spring 2018 edition of Momentum Magazine!

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Please note: in-person, virtual, and hybrid classes vary according to the program and some programs may be in-person only. Refer to the Program Overview for more information.



  • A minimum two-year college diploma or university degree in Community or Health Services. Applicants with degrees in unrelated fields may be admitted on the basis of having completed a significant number of related courses in these preferred academic areas
  • Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended 
  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2Semester 3
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$814.66$758.46$605.12
Co-op FeesN/AN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$113.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$2,170.66$2,170.66$2,170.66
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,985.32$3,042.12$2,775.78
Total 1st Year Fees$8,803.22

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2Semester 3
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,795.00$8,795.00$8,795.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$113.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00$375.00
Total International Per Semester$9,245.00$9,283.00$9,170.00
Total 1st Year Fees$27,698.00

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Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

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Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Complete a capstone project that allows students from the Brain Disorders Management and Mental Health and Disability Management programs to work collaboratively, using problem-based learning.
  • Experience a 336 hour unpaid Field Placement.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 


Field placements

  • Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements within or outside the Hamilton region
  • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the criminal code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter placement
  • Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some field placement agencies

For more information regarding the unpaid field placement, please contact anita.okeeffe [at] (subject: Field%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Anita%2C%0A) (the field placement specialist.)

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Support clients with brain disorders through the use of case management, rehabilitation and life skills development.
  • Engage in research or policy development.
  • Client groups include those with autism, dementia, brain injuries and other conditions across the lifespan.

Where you could work includes:

  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Athletic centres
  • Hospitals
  • Research institutions
  • School boards
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Non-profits

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

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Jay Dukeshire

I would highly recommend the Brain Disorders Management program to anyone looking to further develop their knowledge of many diverse brain disorders. You will learn how they develop, what parts of the brain are responsible and if they can be treated, managed or even prevented across the lifespan. It was a privilege to be part of such a fantastic program! I’m going to miss my classmates and the faculty from this program.

Jay '18

Ramsha Hassan

To all newcomers and new applicants, I highly recommend this program if you are looking for a specific career in the field of brain injuries and disorders. Not only will you be provided with direct experience through your placement but the program will provide you with extensive knowledge, case study management experience, and other skills relevant to the field. I would also like to add that the flexible hours of the program and online course delivery will make it extremely convenient for you if you are employed or have other commitments.

Ramsha '18

Hannah S.

The Brain Disorders Management program taught me how different aspects of brain disorders and mental health interplays in regards to family relations, legal implications and community services. This training allowed me and my classmates to move from theory to practice when assisting people with brain disorders. My education prepared me for my current role, working in the research department of the Grand Erie District School Board. My responsibilities include implementing program evaluations for the mental health workers employed by the board.

Hannah ‘19


After graduating with a degree in Speech-Language Sciences, I had a lot of knowledge in one particular area. Still, I lacked the tools required for day-to-day practice as a healthcare provider. The Brain Disorders Management program taught me to understand the implications of brain disorders on not only our clients but also on their families and caregivers. I am now a Rehabilitation Therapist in the Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Unit at Hamilton General Hospital. I facilitate cognitive rehabilitation in the areas of life skills, social skills and community integration, with an emphasis on remediating challenging behaviours in individuals who have acquired brain injuries.

Andrea '19

Erin Guifoyle

The Brain Disorders Management program provided me with many opportunities to refine my skill set through non-violent crisis intervention presentations, solution-focused coaching, and digital media video labs. My most valuable experiences were attending the Innovation Factory’s Synapse Life Science Competition and connecting with a class guest speaker for a work placement opportunity. I am proud to have received the Mohawk College Outstanding Achievement Award upon graduation for my accomplishments as a student. Currently, I work for the Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association as a Coordinator of Programs and Services. Being from the east coast, I was eager to return to help the brain injury community near home. In my role, I use many of the skills I learned at Mohawk in creating educational materials and advocating for survivors.

Erin G. '20