About the program

This program is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of RPNs, Orderlies, PSWs, Volunteers, Support Workers, and Clergy who deal with the terminally ill and their families. Students will learn to provide compassionate care in which the quality of remaining life is the objective. Students will explore symptom control as the basis to develop a team approach which includes the patient and those close to them. Palliative care also attempts to provide bereavement care for families.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

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

  • Develop specific end-of-life support strategies that reinforce principles of independence and dignity for terminally ill patients and their families.
  • Analyze personal and cultural perspectives on the subjects of loss and bereavement, the meaning of death, and the preparation for death as experienced by terminally ill patients and their families.
  • Design a holistic approach to care for the terminally ill and their families that addresses physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
  • Recommend community resources to enhance quality of life and promote comfort to the terminally ill.
  • Design strategies to mitigate (or manage or diffuse) ethical issues experienced by patients and caregivers in palliative/hospice/end-of-life environments.
  • Review effective communication strategies that ensure respectful and empathetic (or compassionate) interactions with the terminally ill, their families and other individuals affected by end-of-life care.
  • Describe care giving skills associated with symptom management during palliative care including pain/comfort level, nutritional deficits, and side effects of treatments, sleep and rest difficulties through the use of comfort measures

Program related resources

Program contact

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Upcoming registrations

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Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024