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Palliative Care Grad Cert NC

Palliative Care Grad Cert NC

Niagara College, Canada

About This Program

Enhance your knowledge and skills as a health care provider for individuals living with chronic or terminal illnesses.  This is an intensive 2-semester or one-year program, which awards an Ontario College Graduate Certificate.

Course Delivery

This Graduate Certificate In Nursing Administration & Practice Co-op is being offered in the Welland Campus.  This program combines:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Co-curricular activities done outside of the classroom
  • Experiential learning with standardized patients


You may look at possible career paths after graduation in:

  • Business and Industry
  • Clinics and Medical Centres
  • Community Agencies
  • Hospice
  • Hospital
  • Long Term Care
  • Respite Care

Some graduates go on to study other graduate certificates at Niagara College such as Critical Care Nursing and Gerontology.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you are expected to  demonstrate vocational learning outcomes as supported:

  1. Advocate for an expansion of palliative care services to meet the current and future needs of the terminally ill client, their families, and significant others.
  2. Collaborate effectively as a multidisciplinary team member to provide excellent quality of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual care to terminally ill clients, their families, and significant others.
  3. Communicate effectively with terminally ill clients, their families, and significant others through the use of excellent interpersonal skills, the application of basic principles of adult education, and the adherence to the holistic approach of care that enhances their quality of life.
  4. Establish and maintain helping and supportive relationships with terminally ill clients, family members, co-workers, and significant others.
  5. Explain the components of a comprehensive palliative care program utilizing “The National Norms and Principles of Practice” developed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA).
  6. Investigate the variety of community resources available in planning the delivery of care and services for the terminally ill, their families, and significant others.
  7. Research palliative care trends and best practices and apply them to the workplace.
  8. Utilize available opportunities to reinforce the palliative care principles of dignity, self-worth, independence, and respect for terminally ill clients, their families, and significant others.

Course Outline

Term One

  • Palliative Care - Introduction
  • Palliative Care - Communications
  • Palliative Care - Psychosocial Aspects
  • Palliative Care - Understanding of Death
  • Cultural Diversity

Term Two

  • Palliative Care - Comfort
  • Palliative Care - Ethics
  • Palliative Care - Simulation
  • Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Practice
  • Leadership Studies

Course Info

Course Code : 0962

College : School of Nursing and Personal Support Work

Duration : 1 year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Canadian Dollar (CAD):

  • Tuition Fee: 13,550/year
  • Service Fee: 1,050/year
  • Medical Insurance: 70/month
  • Bus Fee: 186.32/year
  • Airport Pickup: 175/person

Other fees may apply such as material fees, laptop fees, books and supplies

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

The above figures represent what the college expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included.  

You may have to estimating living expenses such as insurance, rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, health.

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the college.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa or Education Counselor periodically for any changes.

Intake Dates :

There are three intake dates per year and these are in:

  • September (Fall Term)
  • January (Winter Term)
  • May (Spring Term)

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by Niagara College department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Study Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations. 

  • Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in a related health care discipline as determined by Niagara College OR;
  • An acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education
  • AND One of the following:
    • Proof of English proficiency.  As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
      • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      • Paper: 550, TESL 600
      • Computer: 213, TESL 250
      • iBT: 79-80minimum, 22 writing, 22 Speaking
    • International Credential Assessment for studies outside Canada

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