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Palliative Care

Seneca College Certificate


Overview

This certificate program will focus on the many aspects that inform palliative care within a hospice environment or within home care. Communication, legal concerns, spiritual aspects, as well as psychological implications will be covered. The intended audience are students who are either working within the palliative care industry as volunteers and are requiring the credentials in order to continue their work or students who want to get into palliative care.

Career Opportunities

Students can use the skills learned in this program in careers in palliative care including work in:

  • Nursing homes
  • Hospices
  • Retirement homes

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary Diploma at the advanced or general level, or its equivalent, or mature student status;
  • Grade 12 English or its equivalent is recommended

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Curriculum

PAL110
Orientation to Palliative Care
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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.




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PAL120
Palliative Care Communications
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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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PAL130
Ethical Legal and Spiritual Concerns
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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.




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PAL140
Psychological and Social Implications
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This course is designed to enable students to 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.




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PAL150
Comfort Measures
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Component of the Palliative Care Certificate. The focus 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.




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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Acknowledge individual and multicultural approaches to death, dying, and grieving.
  • Perform professionally in accordance to legal and ethical standards of practice.
  • Express effectively through oral and written communications with the terminally ill and their families.
  • Use appropriate measures to provide comfort and pain management to the terminally ill within institutional and community setting.
  • Adopt appropriate measures to provide support to families of the terminally ill.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Program Contacts

Maria Graziosi
Program Assistant
Maria.Graziosi@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22512


Barbara Pimenoff
Program Coordinator
Barbara.Pimenoff@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.24019