Working with the Terminally Ill - Multidiscipline

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (5 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0772X02PWO Academic Year: 2015/2016


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 auxillary 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.

College Eligibility

Prior to lab and clinical experience, students are required to declare themselves as program students by completing a program application form. Students are required to provide proof of successful completion of an approved certificate program in the healthcare or social service field. Applicants working with terminally ill clients in other capacities, such as volunteers and family caregivers are considered on an individual basis.

Prior to lab and clinical experience, students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment form and/or an Immunization form.

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, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to placement. 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 Academic Manager.

Application Information

All applicants must complete an application form and forward to:

Program Coordinator, Working with the Terminally Ill Program
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room C137
Ottawa ON K2G 1V8

Additional Information

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

Courses

Online:Distance Education   On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameFall
HLT020230.0Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Skills for Community Caregivers

HLT0202 Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Skills for Community Caregivers

Palliative care helps terminally ill patients achieve quality to their lives through the relief of suffering. 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 and how personal beliefs and attitudes influence the care of the terminally ill and their families.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG562930.0Comfort Measures in Symptom ControlDistance Education On Campus
PSY561145.0Psychological and Social Implications in Hospice Palliative CareDistance Education On Campus
SSC562445.0Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Palliative Care

SSC5624 Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Palliative Care

The understanding of ethical legal and spiritual concerns is essential to providing optimal care. Ethical principles and theories; positions and codes; legislative regulations and legal issues as they affect the patient, family and healthcare team members are addressed. The spiritual content deals with meeting the spiritual needs of the terminally ill, their families and caregivers.

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 Terminally Ill Patients - Field PlacementBlank Icon On Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HLT0202 Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Skills for Community Caregivers

Palliative care helps terminally ill patients achieve quality to their lives through the relief of suffering. 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 and how personal beliefs and attitudes influence the care of the terminally ill and their families.

NSG5629 Comfort Measures in Symptom Control

Promotion of comfort and relief from suffering is emphasized in a non-pharmacological approach. Students gain an overview of pain, physical and psychological comfort measures. They learn how to promote independence, provide comfort in the home and explore the final physical aspects of dying.

PSY5611 Psychological and Social Implications in Hospice Palliative Care

There are several theories of death and dying and the grieving process. Students assess the social and psychological needs of the patient and family and discuss appropriate planning. Students explore therapeutic activities that enhance quality of life, implications of stress on the patient and family, religion and cultural views.

SSC5624 Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Palliative Care

The understanding of ethical legal and spiritual concerns is essential to providing optimal care. Ethical principles and theories; positions and codes; legislative regulations and legal issues as they affect the patient, family and healthcare team members are addressed. The spiritual content deals with meeting the spiritual needs of the terminally ill, their families and caregivers.

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 Terminally Ill Patients - Field Placement

The supervised field experience involves the selection of specific experiences that allow the student to develop and enhance program competencies. The student, in consultation with the coordinator, develops individualized learning objectives that they practise in a palliative setting.

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