Palliative Care - Multidiscipline - 017

Ontario College Certificate
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We are no longer accepting students into this program. If you are a current student within this program, we encourage you to take any remaining courses as soon as possible. Email cehealth [at] for more information.

Gain the knowledge and expertise to provide palliative care!

Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for those who are living with, and/or dying from, a progressive life-limiting illness.

Palliative caregivers must have a strong sense of empathy, exceptional communication skills, and the ability to work well independently as well as in a team environment.

Combining theory and hands-on practice, learn to assist patients and their families in addressing physical, cultural, psychosocial, social, spiritual and practical issues. Gain the skills to properly assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care in both normal and complex palliative situations.

The curriculum is based on standards of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Nurse Association.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Potential applicants and in-progress students need to be aware that most agencies working with our placement students are requiring placement students to be fully vaccinated by Health Canada approved vaccines. Please consider your vaccine status when considering this program as it may have a significant impact on your ability to participate in clinical/field placement.

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  • Must be regulated/certified health care professional (e.g. RN, RPN, OT/PT, Social Worker, Dietician, Physician, etc.).


You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing 

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

NOTE: YOU MUST register for HLTH10223 to complete required health clearances prior to registration in CLIN10093 - Palliative Care Clinical.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Enhance your knowledge and develop skills in working with clients/caregivers in a hospice palliative care setting. The placement is tailored to your identified learning needs. Mohawk College Medical Clearance is required.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: COMM10084 and HSCI10082 and HSCI10083 and HMNS10016 and HMNS10017
Course description: Focus on enhanced interpersonal and counselling skills required for the unique patient care provider relationship and the family-care provider partnership. Explore the importance of communication in facilitating informed decision-making and enabling the patient, family and loved ones to exercise a measure of control.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIHZA69
Course description: This course examines the modern experience of grief, bereavementandloss. Models of grief are investigated in thecontext of end of life issues. Concepts such as anticipatory grief, complicated grief, depression within grief, grief in the family system, and grieving over the life span are examined. Bereavementandmourning practices are discussed from perspectives of culture, family, life stages, and the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals, their families and caregivers.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIHZA69
Course description: Discuss ethics, ethical decision making and legal issues as relates to Palliative Care. Interdisciplinary and collaborative practice between the palliative care team and the family will be a focus. Advocacy for the rights of the person with advanced illness and their family will be discussed. Professional development, research and education for the palliative care professional will be examined.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIHZA69
Course description: The Square of Care, as outlined in 'A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care' (2002) identifies pain as a major physical issue faced by the palliative patient and family. Regulated health care professionals, such as nurses, need to understand the concept of total pain, the physiology of pain, the assessment of pain and how to manage the pain. The focus during discussion will be that of interdisciplinary collaboration, communication and education.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIHZA69
Course description: Manage the multitude of symptoms experienced by the palliative patient which is overwhelming for care providers. A major focus for this course is assessment of symptoms by body systems with appropriate and flexible care plan development. Communication, education and collaboration are threads integrated into discussion.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: HSCIHZA69
Course description: Hospice palliative care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved. Palliative care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-limiting illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both this person and his or her family. A family is whoever the person says his or her family is. This course is intended for health care professionals, the curriculum is based on standards of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Nurses Association.
Credits: 3

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Course Code Course Name

Winter 2022

HSCIHZA69 Palliative Care - Introduction


COMM10084 Communication and Informed Decision Making


HMNS10016 Loss, Grief & End of Life Issues


HMNS10017 Professional Issues and Advocacy


HSCI10082 Pain Management


HSCI10083 Symptom Management


CLIN10093 Palliative Care Clinical


Getting Started

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Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the MyCanvas Course page for registration information and a step-by-step guide to get started. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Preclinical / Clinical Information

Students preparing for Clinical Placement should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the Palliative Care Certificate Program will enable the graduate to:

  • Use specialized knowledge & skills to provide safe, competent care to the palliative care population and their families within scope of practice
  • Discuss the psychosocial, cultural, ethical & political influences on palliative care
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care in both normal and complex palliative care situations within scope of practice
  • Update and expand their scientific knowledge using a variety of resources and learning opportunities
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in examining palliative care & practice issues
  • Implementation and promote evidence-based practice through research utilization
  • Promote family-centred care for the palliative population and their families
  • Utilize principles of health education, adult learning, and the teaching-learning process to meet the learning needs of the palliative care population and their families

Career Opportunities

  • Specialization improves one's ability to provide effective, safe and satisfying service to patients and their families

  • Specialization increases potential to find employment in various setting involved with care of palliative clients and their families
  • For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: Job Bank

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: Job Bank