College Palliative Care Courses for Long-Term Care

Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Skills

Cost:  FREE (valued at $250 - $450 per spot)

Language:  English (Algonquin College) French (Collège La Cité)

Application:  Required as spots are limited, applicants must work in the Ottawa area

Location:  Online

Schedule: September to December each year with specific dates to be announced

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Course description

This course explores current philosophies, approaches and trends in multidisciplinary care.  Attitudes related to life, illness, death and loss are discussed from a Canadian healthcare perspective.

Students practice and apply enhanced Hospice Palliative Care skills. The use of role-play, reflective practice techniques and small group discussion emphasizes the importance of communication in this setting.



Fully accredited college course.  As a result, there are assignments and an exam.


Required as both English and French courses have a limited number of spots available. 

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Who is this course for?

This course is only open to long-term care staff members in the Ottawa area.

Who this includes:  Personal support workers, recreation therapists, RNs, RPNs, social workers and nutrition aides.

Topics explored

  • the grieving process
  • changes during the last days and hours of living
  • supportive care for patients and families in the final stages of life
  • therapeutic communications skills
  • spirituality, religion and culture
  • self-care and compassion fatigue
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Algonquin College

Course Title: Enhanced Hospice Palliative Care Skills

Instructor: Karen Massey

Dates: to be announced

Mode: Online

Apply for the French version of this course below. 

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La Cité

Course Title: Initiation aux soins palliatifs

Instructor: to be announced

Dates: to be announced

Mode: Online

Apply for the English version of this course above. 

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