Working with the Terminally Ill - Multidiscipline

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (5 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0772X02PWO Academic Year: 2014/2015


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed to enrich the knowledge and skills for volunteers, healthcare personnel, and auxiliary staff who want to improve their abilities in dealing with people who have terminal illnesses.

Graduates may find employment in a variety of agencies, institutions and organizations offering hospice 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 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

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.

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

Notes

* Other course electives are considered on an individual basis.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Deb Clendinneng at clendid@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

Online:Distance Education   On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameFall
NSG562930.0Comfort Measures in Symptom ControlDistance Education
PSY561145.0Psychological and Social Implications in Hospice Palliative CareDistance Education
SSC562445.0Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Hospice Palliative CareBlank Icon On Campus
SSC562330.0Communication Skills in Hospice Palliative Care

SSC5623 Communication Skills in Hospice Palliative Care

Content and styles of communication most appropriate to the palliative care setting are explored within this course. Students have the opportunity for extensive practice of communication techniques and observe communication skills of others during the course.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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HLT564460.0Working with Hospice Palliative Care Patients - Lab & Field Placement

HLT5644 Working with Hospice Palliative Care Patients - Lab & Field Placement

The simulated lab experience allows students to integrate theory with practice of skills. Through integrated lab and clinical experience, students develop program-related competencies. Students develop individualized learning objectives to practice in the clinical setting. All theory components must be completed before registering for Lab and Field Placement.

Pre-requisites: NSG5627 and NSG5629 and PSY5611 and SSC5623 and SSC5624

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSG5629 Comfort Measures in Symptom Control

The promotion of comfort and relief from suffering is emphasized in a non-pharmacological approach. Content covers an overview of pain, physical and psychological comfort measures, promotion of independence, implications for home care and the final physical aspects of dying.

PSY5611 Psychological and Social Implications in Hospice Palliative Care

This course examines theories of death and dying and the grieving process. Assessment of the social and psychological needs of the patient and family and appropriate planning is discussed. A variety of therapeutic activities to enhance quality of life, implications of stress on the patient and family, and support systems are also addressed. Religious and cultural aspects are explored.

SSC5624 Ethical, Legal and Spiritual Concerns in Hospice 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 health-care team members are addressed. The spiritual content deals with meeting the spiritual needs of people with life threatening illnesses, their families and caregivers.

SSC5623 Communication Skills in Hospice Palliative Care

Content and styles of communication most appropriate to the palliative care setting are explored within this course. Students have the opportunity for extensive practice of communication techniques and observe communication skills of others during the course.

HLT5644 Working with Hospice Palliative Care Patients - Lab & Field Placement

The simulated lab experience allows students to integrate theory with practice of skills. Through integrated lab and clinical experience, students develop program-related competencies. Students develop individualized learning objectives to practice in the clinical setting. All theory components must be completed before registering for Lab and Field Placement.

Pre-requisites: NSG5627 and NSG5629 and PSY5611 and SSC5623 and SSC5624