Working with the Terminally Ill - Multidiscipline

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (6 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0772X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed to increase your knowledge, competency and skills when caring for individuals who have terminal illness. Focus is on the provision of holistic care based on current philosophies and theories of palliation. The program is designed for registered practical nurses, personal support workers and auxiliary staff or volunteers who are involved with the terminally ill and their families.

Graduates may find employment in a variety of agencies, institutions and organizations offering palliative-care services.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy working with individuals of all cultural backgrounds.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Are willing to meet the needs of our aging population.
  • Are able to handle physically and emotionally demanding situations.
  • Possess a holistic and empathic approach to death and dying.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Prior to clinical experience, students are required to declare themselves as program students via the Academic Planner on ACSIS. Students must also complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or an Immunization form, which they will submit to ParaMed.

Police Records Check Documentation

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Working with the Terminally Ill - Multidiscipline program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, to ParaMed. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Program Eligibility

Prior to clinical experience, students are required to declare themselves as program students via the Academic Planner on ACSIS. Students must also complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or an Immunization form, which they will submit to ParaMed.

Police Records Check Documentation

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Working with the Terminally Ill - Multidiscipline program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, to ParaMed. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Notes

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Deb Clendinneng at clendid@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 6299.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameFall
HLT020230.0Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Skills

HLT0202 Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Skills

Palliative care contributes to the quality of life for the terminally ill. An overview of palliative care is provided through exploration of current philosophies, approaches and trends in multidisciplinary care. Attitudes related to life, illness, death and loss are discussed from a Canadian perspective. Students explore how personal beliefs and attitudes influence the care of the terminally ill and their families.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG562930.0Pain and Symptom Management

NSG5629 Pain and Symptom Management

The timely and appropriate management of pain and symptoms of the dying process is a vital part of caring for the terminally ill and their loved ones. Students examine pain and other symptoms from a physiological and psychological perspective and explore pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies. The promotion of independence and dignity in the final aspects of dying is emphasized through small group learning, simulation, reflective practice techniques and a relevant research project.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

PSY561145.0Psychological and Social Issues in Palliative CareOn Campus
SSC562445.0Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Palliative Care

SSC5624 Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Palliative Care

The ethical and legal landscape of palliative care can be very complex and difficult to navigate. Students explore legal, legislative, spiritual and philosophical issues as they relate to the provision of palliative care. Small group discussion, reflective practice, and relevant research projects focus on meeting the needs of, and addressing the issues faced by the dying, their loved ones and palliative care professionals.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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SSC562330.0Communication Skills in Hospice Palliative Care

SSC5623 Communication Skills in Hospice Palliative Care

Effective communication is fundamental to providing care in the palliative environment. Content and styles of communication most appropriate to the palliative care setting are explored. Students have the opportunity for extensive practice of communication techniques and to observe communication skills of others.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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HLT570940.0Working with Palliative Care Patients - Field PlacementOn Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HLT0202 Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Skills

Palliative care contributes to the quality of life for the terminally ill. An overview of palliative care is provided through exploration of current philosophies, approaches and trends in multidisciplinary care. Attitudes related to life, illness, death and loss are discussed from a Canadian perspective. Students explore how personal beliefs and attitudes influence the care of the terminally ill and their families.

NSG5629 Pain and Symptom Management

The timely and appropriate management of pain and symptoms of the dying process is a vital part of caring for the terminally ill and their loved ones. Students examine pain and other symptoms from a physiological and psychological perspective and explore pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies. The promotion of independence and dignity in the final aspects of dying is emphasized through small group learning, simulation, reflective practice techniques and a relevant research project.

PSY5611 Psychological and Social Issues in Palliative Care

Feelings of grief and loss are frequently experienced by the families, loved ones, and care providers of the terminally ill. The impact of personal experience, as well as social and spiritual factors on the grieving process are examined. Students explore theories of death and dying, bereavement, as well as the concept of family systems. Through large and small group discussion and reflective practice techniques, students explore the impact of loss on patients and families, as well as the importance of self-care for palliative care professionals.

SSC5624 Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Palliative Care

The ethical and legal landscape of palliative care can be very complex and difficult to navigate. Students explore legal, legislative, spiritual and philosophical issues as they relate to the provision of palliative care. Small group discussion, reflective practice, and relevant research projects focus on meeting the needs of, and addressing the issues faced by the dying, their loved ones and palliative care professionals.

SSC5623 Communication Skills in Hospice Palliative Care

Effective communication is fundamental to providing care in the palliative environment. Content and styles of communication most appropriate to the palliative care setting are explored. Students have the opportunity for extensive practice of communication techniques and to observe communication skills of others.

HLT5709 Working with Palliative Care Patients - Field Placement

Transitioning theory into practice is essential to the palliative care learning experience. In this supervised field placement, students develop an individualized learning plan aimed at applying their new palliative care knowledge, skills and judgment to patients in the clinical environment.

Pre-requisites: HLT0202 AND NSG5629 AND PSY5611 AND SSC5623 AND SSC5624