Nursing: A Palliative Approach to Care

Certificate | Code: 1353

About the program

Acquire the knowledge, skills and competency needed to excel in the delivery of palliative/end-of-life care. As essential team members in our evolving health-care system, nurses who complete this program will be equipped with enhanced capabilities to function as leaders in the delivery of integrated palliative/end-of-life care excellence. This program is comprised of courses designed to optimize the following programmatic pillars: theory-based learning, clinical practice integration, system linkage and service integration, and professional role optimization within the contexts of person- and family-centered care and interprofessional collaborative delivery models. This comprehensive program will be useful to those students interested in writing the CNA/CHPCA specialty certification exam in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing (CHPCN[C]).

Program information

All courses must be completed within 2 years of acceptance into the program.
Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission requirements

  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario Certificate of Registration as a Nurse.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL 580 or 237 computer-based or 92 internet-based with TWE 4.5, IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0, CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60, or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge related to the role, responsibilities and accountabilities of the nurse as they relate to the provision of high-quality and ethical care of dying persons and their families
  • Examine the role of the nurse as it relates to upholding the principles of accountability, diversity, equity and dignity in palliative/end-of-life care across settings
  • Examine person- and family-centred approaches to negotiating goals of care within an ethical and legal framework
  • Respond to the unique end-of-life needs and expectations of persons, families and populations as they relate to hospice palliative/end-of-life care
  • Demonstrate best practices as they related to enhanced comprehensive assessment, problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the provision of individualized palliative/end-of-life care
  • Demonstrate enhanced professional leadership capabilities at the levels of self, organization and system
  • Demonstrate enhanced communication skills to promote person- and family-centred care and strengthen inter-professional collaborative practice
  • Examine the integration of palliative/end-of-life care across health systems and services
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for effective pain and symptom management
  • Demonstrate strategies to promote personal self-care

Program related resources

Program contact

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Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendars for our upcoming registration dates so you can plan your future.

Fall Registration: July 8, 2019
Winter Registration: November 4, 2019