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Palliative Care (Part-time)

Program Code:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This program is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of individuals (RPNs, Orderlies, PSWs, Volunteers, Support Workers, Clergy) who deal with the terminally ill and their families. Students will learn to provide compassionate care in which the quality of remaining life is the objective. Students will explore symptom control as the basis to develop a team approach which includes the patient and those close to them. Palliative care also attempts to provide bereavement care for families.

Note: Students should refer to for an up-to-date listing of courses.

Students who have completed the theory courses need to contact the college regarding their placement. Students must be able to identify a location for their placement in order for the college to proceed with the arrangements. Please note that immunizations and other pre-practicum assessment may have specific requirements.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Information

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

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Program Information

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
PALL1020 Psychological and Social Implications of Palliative Care
Description: Students will 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.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PALL1060
PALL1030 Comfort Measures
Description: The focus of this course, will be on comfort measures for the terminally ill patient. There will be an emphasis placed on promoting a realistic independence for the client based on his/her support systems.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
PALL1040 Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns
Description: This course provides an overview of ethical, legal and spiritual concerns in palliative care. 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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
PALL1050 Palliative Care Field Placement
Description: This course will enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes of those involved in a helping capacity with the terminally ill and their families. This field placement component will consist of 60 hours of preceptored experience and will expose you to agencies, organizations and staff currently providing palliative care to their clients in order to increase competency and skill in care for those clients. Field placement hours are 60 plus 12 hours of online seminar.
Hours: 72
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PALL1020, PALL1030, PALL1060, PALL1070, OHS1320, PALL1040
PALL1060 Orientation to Palliative Care
Description: This course will provide an overview of Palliative Care and coping with death, dying and grief. The focus is to provide you with a review of the concepts of Palliative Care, the multidiscipline team, hospice, current approaches to care, roles, issues and expectation. Identify what resources are available and discuss home care vs. institutional care.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
PALL1070 Palliative Care Communications
Description: This course will focus on communication with the terminally ill patient. Topics include: effective communication techniques with the terminally ill and their families, basic processes and steps of effective communication, how to recognize influencing factors of personal and cultural attitudes in communication, discuss and identify basic verbal and non-verbal communication and discuss and apply basic techniques of communication used to establish a trusting relationship.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Shirley Nequest

519-748-5220 ext: 3759


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