Palliative & Spiritual Care Courses

Palliative Care and Spiritual Care Online Certificate Courses for Interdisciplinary Health Care Team

Delivering quality spiritual care to palliative care patients requires both the chaplain as the specialist and involvement by the other members of the interdisciplinary team as spiritual care generalists.

The hundreds of health care professionals (chaplains, nurses, social workers, physicians, and others) who have completed these courses say that as a result they have significantly enhanced their knowledge and skills to deliver spiritual care in palliative care settings.

IMPORTANT: These two courses continue the same high quality curriculum, instruction and tech support as the courses that HCCN has previously offered.

Each course is instructor-facilitated. Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion. (See below for explanation of difference between Certificate and Certification.)

Online Certificate Course 1: Fundamentals of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care

This course is for chaplains, nurses, social workers, physicians and others on the interdisciplinary health care team who wish to improve their delivery of spiritual care in health care.

This course strengthens the quality of palliative care by providing a foundation of knowledge and practice built on the applicable areas of the National Consensus Project's Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum's National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Care Quality.

This course teaches how to:

  • Become effective administrators of spiritual care programs in palliative care and hospice settings
  • Articulate the multiple aspects of palliative care, so as to communicate it clearly as an option to patients, family members, and friends
  • Create and sustain programs that meet both human and institutional needs

This course provides 72 hours of continuing education.

Course prerequisite: Must have computing skills sufficient to complete graduate work online.

2017 Course Cohort Schedule Start Dates

Note: Each cohort runs for 9 weeks.

Note: July-December start dates to be determined

Price per student to enroll and participate: $595 NEW Lower Price!

REGISTER NOW (Limited availability. Please note: once a cohort sells out, registration will be closed for that cohort).

Click here to download the Academic Honesty and Refund Policies. By purchasing a course, you agree to these two policies.

Download informational brochure including learning objectives and other course detail.

Download information sheet that identifies competencies developed by the Fundamentals and Advanced courses.

If you have questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions, email address and phone number with “Fundamentals Palliative Care Online Course” in Subject line.

Online Certificate Course 2: Advanced Practice Spiritual Care in Palliative Care

This course explores specific topics in an in-depth manner that requires participants to engage in deeper critical thinking which can be articulated into advanced practice, enhancing professional practice and leadership in the provision of spiritual care as an integral component of palliative care.

This course is for:

  • Health care professionals who have completed the Fundamentals course who want to build upon that knowledge base and continue to develop their skills to improve patient outcomes
  • Board certified chaplains wishing to enhance preparation for a specialty palliative certification from a certifying organization
  • Chaplaincy/pastoral care department directors who meet the course requirements and desire to build upon the expertise and contributions of the palliative care team

This course provides 56 hours of continuing education.

Course prerequisites:

  • Must have computing skills sufficient to complete graduate work online
  • Successfully completed the Fundamentals course OR have at least one year's experience working in any discipline in palliative care

2017 Course Cohort Schedule Start Dates

Note: Each cohort runs for 7 weeks.

Note: Future start dates to be determined.

Price per student to enroll and participate: $545 NEW Lower Price!

REGISTER NOW (Limited availability. Please note: once a cohort sells out, registration will be closed for that cohort).

Click here to download the Academic Honesty and Refund Policies. By purchasing a course, you agree to these two policies.

Download informational brochure including learning objectives and other course detail.

Download information sheet that identifies competencies developed by the Fundamentals and Advanced courses.

If you have questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions, email address and phone number with “Advanced Palliative Care Online Course” in Subject line.

 

Important Clarification ─ Certificate Vs Certification

  • A certificate course provides training on specialized topics for which students can receive a Certificate of Completion after successfully completing the course and passing an assessment. These courses may help prepare for certification, but do not provide a credential and should not to be confused with certification.
  • Professional certification is the process by which a non-governmental entity, such as one's membership organization, grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met a set of predetermined and standardized criteria.