Part-time Distance Education
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie


The program is designed to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be involved with caring for the terminally ill and their families. This program benefits social service workers, RPNs, personal support workers, volunteers and clergy. Students will develop compassionate care skills and knowledge of comfort measures to improve the quality of remaining life for those with terminal illness.

Thisis a part-time program that is offered online via the internet, while the final course (PCC105) is offered via independent study and can be started at any time. Online courses begin every January, May and September. Some online courses begin each month.

This program is available on a course by course basis. Students may choose to complete one or more courses each semester. Students in this program are not eligible for OSAP funding. Courses within this program must be completed within 7 years, unless otherwise specified.

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade 12 English (C) ENG4C or mature student status.

Clinical/Lab and Field Placement Requirements

Fieldwork experience provides the student with the opportunity to apply classroom theory to an actual employment situation. Students with experience in palliative caremay apply for prior learning assessment (PLAR).

All applicants with be required to submit documentation of having completed the following procedures prior to entering clinical/lab, identified courses and/or field placement components of the program. If the appropriate documentation is not received with at least two weeks before the start of the identified clinical/lab/course and/or field placement, it may be necessary to withdraw the student from the course.

  • A current (within six months) Police Record Search. This is required by students as they are enrolled in a program during which they will have unsupervised access to vulnerable persons
  • Immunization and Heath Record Form. This form includes the following immunization requirements:, Two-step TB test, Immunity against measles, mumps and rubella, current tetanus, diphtheria immunization, current influenza immunization.
  • Statement of Confidentiality Form, WSIB, and Workplace Agreement Form. These forms will be given to you to sign prior to your fieldwork placement.
  • WHMIS.

All costs associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student.

Career Path

Graduates will have a specialized understanding of providing compassionate care in which the quality of life is the objective. Social service workers, RPNs, personal support workers, volunteers and clergy would all benefit from this training.

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

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