Care of Vulnerable PopulationsNEW
Available as a one-year program
One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Find your career
This program is designed to enhance the knowledge of health care or social service professionals who support vulnerable populations, such as the aged and terminally ill, and their families.
Graduates of this program find rewarding careers in a variety of gerontology and palliative care specialty areas, including the following:
- Long-term care facilities
- Retirement homes
- Community-home agencies
- Gerontology education
Is it for you?
People who thrive in this career are caring professionals who:
- Enjoy interacting with people, talking and listening
- Are comfortable working as part of a team
- Come from a variety of backgrounds
- Enjoy helping others
Through hands-on learning and an interprofessional health care team approach, gain the skills required to provide supportive care to clients who are experiencing physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges:
- Explore strategies for developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with aged and palliative patients, thereby fostering their dignity, self-worth and independence.
- Learn how to effectively communicate with aging and palliative patients as well as with health care team members.
- Study how individuals cope with pain as well as appropriate measures for providing comfort and pain management to the terminally ill and their families within your scope of practice.
- Become familiar with ethical, legal and spiritual considerations with regard to the care of vulnerable populations, and develop an understanding of individual and multicultural approaches to aging, death, dying and grieving.
- Apply theory and concepts as related to caring for vulnerable populations and palliative patients through a combination of a clinical practicum and immersive simulation.
Please note that the program of study is currently under development. Please check back to this page regularly for updates.
- First Year - Semester One
- CVPP1003 Aged Care Issues
- This course examines the unique aspects of a geriatric assessment; looks at possible communication challenges; outlines the programs and services available for seniors; discusses family caregiving issues; examines the meaning of quality of life and how it relates to individuals; and touches on the legal and ethical considerations within care provision of the vulnerable.
- WKPL1030 Care of the Older Adult Practicum
- This course was designed to provide a combination of clinical practicum and immersive simulation targeted at application of theory and concepts learned throughout the certificate program with care of the aged.
- CVPP1000 Introduction to Care of Older Adults
- Increasing your understanding of aging and issues in aging: This course examines the changing demographics and political and societal forces influencing the health of older persons; examines different perspectives and issues related to the older person; and emphasizes the changes which society faces as the aging population increases. This course focuses on the emerging issues and challenges in the aging population.
- CVPP1002 Introduction to Pain & Comfort
- This course focuses on defining pain and comfort, investigates how aging influences pain, examines pain in a person with cognitive impairment, and discusses pain assessment and pain and comfort measures. In addition, students will learn to recognize differences between acute and persistent pain and explore barriers that interfere with pain assessment and treatment.
- CVPP1004 Physiological Changes & Effects in the Care of the Aged
- This course examines changes in body systems and functions related to aging; looks at sensory changes; identifies factors affecting nutrition; examines fluid intake and factors relating to dehydration; identifies aging changes that affect rest, sleep and activity; identifies normal and abnormal changes of integument and the feet; and examines various assessment tools.
- CVPP1001 Psychosocial & Social Implications in the Care of the Aged
- Examine physiological changes and problems in aging, and the effects on the older person. Learn assessment tools, interventions and evaluation processes appropriate to the care provision setting. Different stages of terminal illness, and their place within the structure of the support system and the client’s needs, will be reviewed.
- First Year - Semester Two
- CVPP1006 Care Management in the Palliative Environment
- This course will provide the student with an overview of pain in palliative care environments specifically, exploring how individuals cope with pain and the different pain and symptom management methods and comfort measures; stages and signs of death; safety risks associated with dying across the lifespan.
- WKPL1031 Care of the Palliative Care Patient & Their Families Practicum
- This course is designed to provide a combination of clinical practicum and immersive simulations targeted at the application of theory and concepts learned throughout the certificate program with individuals across the lifespan in palliative care.
- CVPP1007 Ethical, Legal & Spiritual Considerations in Palliative Care
- The ethics component of this course will examine the theories and principles involved in ethical discernment. Issues surrounding euthanasia, withholding/withdrawing nutrition/hydration, diagnostic procedures and advanced directives. An overview of basic theological beliefs with cultural implications and the role of pastoral care in the delivery of palliative care.
- CVPP1005 Introduction to Palliative Care
- This course provides an overview of palliative care with respect to philosophy, hospice, current approaches and trends, the multidiscipline team approach, and stress. Characteristics and concepts of death and grieving will be studied, as well as personal beliefs, attitudes and reactions related to life, illness, death and loss, and how these influence the care of the terminally ill and their families.
- CVPP1008 Psychosocial Implications of the Palliative Care Journey
- This course provides an understanding of psychological and social implications in oncology and palliative care patients and their families throughout the trajectory of the cancer experience. Topics to be explored include historical views on cancer, coping, factors affecting coping and helping relationships, sexuality and oncology, crisis management, psychological issues in cancer/palliative care and caregiver burnout.
*Courses subject to change.
The Care of Vulnerable Populations post-graduate program provides RNs and RPNs with the requisite theory to pursue the Canadian Nurses Association (CAN) certification in either gerontology or palliative care nursing.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2019 – 20)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,301
- Total: $4,023.08
- Additional Program Costs: $550
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical placements. Additional costs, such as travel and parking, may be incurred during placements and to meet the NAR (non-academic requirements) required to go on placement.
*Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- Completion of a post-secondary certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or degree in any of the following disciplines:
- Social service worker or social worker
- Personal support worker with commensurate experience
- Or, an internationally educated health care provider
- Standard First Aid, Level “C” CPR certification
- Clear, current Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
- Written documentation of immunization against certain communicable diseases is required prior to clinical placement
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
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