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Palliative Care Certificate

Program Highlights

This program will enhance knowledge, skills and competency when caring for individuals who have terminal illness. The focus is on the provision of holistic care based on current philosophies and theories of palliation. The program is designed for registered nurses, registered practical nurses, personal support workers, physiotherapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants and auxiliary staff or volunteers who are involved with the terminally ill and their families. Graduates will learn to provide compassionate care in which the quality of remaining life is the objective. As well, symptom control will be explored as the basis to develop a team approach, which includes clients and those who are close to them. Palliative care also attempts to provide bereavement care for families.

Admission Requirements

Minimally, 19 years of age or completed Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading.

Recommended Skills and Pre-requisites

Basic computer skills are expected of all participants.

Courses in Palliative Care Certificate

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Certificates must be completed within five years. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please contact us again for your official certification.


Palliative Care: Orientation to Palliative Care


Gain an overview of Palliative Care and coping with death, dying and grief. We will review the concepts of Palliative Care, the multidiscipline team, hospice, current approaches to care, roles, issues and expectation. Discover what resources are available and analyze the differences between home care and institutional care.

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30 hours


Palliative Care: Communications


Discover techniques to assist your interaction with the terminally ill patient. Explore effective communication techniques with the terminally ill and their families, basic processes and steps of effective communication as well as identification of influencing factors of personal and cultural attitudes in communication. We will also analyze basic verbal and non-verbal communication and and the communication techniques used to establish a trusting relationship.

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20 hours


Palliative Care: Comfort Measures


Explore comfort measures for the terminally ill patient in palliative care. Emphasis is placed on promoting a realistic independence for the client based on his/her support systems.

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30 hours


Palliative Care: Psychological and Social Implications


This course is designed to enable students to develop a basic understanding of psychological and social implications in oncology and palliative care patients and their families throughout the trajectory of the illness experience. Topics to be explored include psychological distress, suffering, factors affecting coping and helping relationships, the grief journey, the role of culture, social changes during illness, end-of-life tasks, planning for death, burnout, and caring for caregivers.

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30 hours



Explore attitudes towards death and the death rituals and ceremonies of world religious traditions including Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Explore the religious attitudes and beliefs concerning immortality and life after death.

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42 hours


Palliative Care: Working with Terminally Ill Patients - Field Placement


The Student, in consultation with the Program Liaison, develop individualized learning objectives that are practiced in a Palliative setting.

There are no scheduled classes at this time.

Course Materials

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Continuing Education & Corporate Training Office

705-749-5530 ext. 1502


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