Palliative Care (Part-time)
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
About the ProgramThis program is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of RPNs, Orderlies, PSWs, Volunteers, Support Workers, and 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.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
- Students without a health care background must complete Orientation to Palliative Care first.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
How to ApplyStudents 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 www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo 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.
Learn more about PLAR.
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Program Related Resources
- Develop specific end-of-life support strategies that reinforce principles of independence and dignity for terminally ill patients and their families.
- Analyze personal and cultural perspectives on the subjects of loss and bereavement, the meaning of death, and the preparation for death as experienced by terminally ill patients and their families.
- Design a holistic approach to care for the terminally ill and their families that addresses physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
- Recommend community resources to enhance quality of life and promote comfort to the terminally ill.
- Design strategies to mitigate (or manage or diffuse) ethical issues experienced by patients and caregivers in palliative/hospice/end-of-life environments.
- Review effective communication strategies that ensure respectful and empathetic (or compassionate) interactions with the terminally ill, their families and other individuals affected by end-of-life care.
- Describe care giving skills associated with symptom management during palliative care including pain/comfort level, nutritional deficits, and side effects of treatments, sleep and rest difficulties through the use of comfort measures
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.
|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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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.