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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.

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus bookstore in-person or online: Peterborough Bookstore or Lindsay Bookstore.


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

Courses in Palliative Care Certificate

Details and registration below

Mandatory Courses

Palliative Care: Orientation to Palliative Care (HLTH105)

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.

Palliative Care: Communications (COMM094)

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.

Palliative Care: Comfort Measures (HLTH145)

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.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Palliative Care: Psychological and Social Implications (SOCI216)

Develop the basic knowledge and skills required to understand psychological and social implications in oncology and palliative care patients and their families throughout the trajectory of the cancer experience. Explore the theories of death and dying in relation to various life stages and cultural implications. You will learn how to provide empathetic and sensitive care to client, family and significant others. Topics to be explored include historical views on cancer, coping, factors affecting coping and helping relationship, sexuality and oncology, crisis management, psychosocial issues in Cancer/Palliative care and burnout and ethical issues.

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.

There are no scheduled classes at this time, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

Palliative Care: Working with Terminally Ill Patients - Field Placement (HLTH353)

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, please call the Continuing Education office for future dates at 705 749-5530 ext. 1502.

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