Main Menu
Top Menu

Online Undergraduate Certificate in
Hospice & Palliative Care

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

Expand Your Missional Service Today!

REQUEST INFORMATION

Ready to learn more about the

Undergraduate Certificate in
Hospice & Palliative Care?

LEARN MORE NOW

The Undergraduate Certificate in Hospice & Palliative Care offers community ministry practitioners, community health educators, congregational and faith community nurses, pastoral care providers, senior adult pastors, healthcare missionaries, healthcare chaplains, military chaplains, Christian social workers, and those involved in serving persons with terminal illnesses and their families the following capabilities:

    • ability to address pain and suffering through a biblically-informed perspective
    • ability to plan for and coordinate palliative care in order to offer quality of life to those facing life ending or life limiting illness
    • competency in communications skills necessary for empathic engagement with the seriously ill and their families
    • ability to engage interprofessionally in interdisciplinary environemnts in order to understand the values of and meet the needs of persons facing serious illness
    • ability to lead conversations regarding the important elements of planning for end of life while addressing the complex issues surrounding end of life care
    • ability to be effective caregivers to those facing the end of life by understanding the physical and spiritual dimensions of dying
    • ability to minister to individuals, families and communities who experience loss, death and bereavement across the lifespan through their unique grieving processes

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. As disease and disability progress, hospice gives supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The Undergraduate Certificate in Hospice & Palliative Care provides training in biblical perspectives of pain, suffering and death and equips students to serve individuals and families by facilitating life care planning and providing spiritual caregiving to those facing end of life and to family members and others who experience loss, death and bereavement.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Bachelor degree program

Course Effort

0
hours per week

Course Length

0
Week Terms

Credits Required

0
credit hours

Program Cost

0
per credit hour

What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving among vulnerable persons in the mission of God.

Addresses the worldwide experience of suffering through a biblically-informed perspective for the sake of the Church’s mission to a hurting world. Topics addressed in this course will include pastoral care, nursing, healthcare, and healing (both spiritual and physical) as they pertain to disease and disability. Students will be assessed on the readings and lectures through online discussion, case-studies, and service projects.

With the rise of chronic illness, increased life expectancy, and complex medical technology, palliative care offers quality of life to those facing life ending or life limiting illness. In this course, students will read, discuss, and engage the basic concepts of palliative care. Students will explore the history of medicine, the rise of medical technology, and the complex challenges facing patients in today’s healthcare system. This course prepares students who wish to go further in the care of those facing serious illness.

Addressing the challenges of life-limiting or life-ending illness with those in distress demands the best from medical or pastoral caregivers. In this course, students will study, engage, and practice the vital communication skills necessary for empathic engagement with the seriously ill and their families. The broader use of palliative care interventions will also be examined and applied to real world case studies so that caregivers can engage effectively the needs of the seriously ill.

With the rise of palliative care, healthcare professionals are recognizing the importance of holistic care. To address these needs, medical teams are more open to interprofessional and interdisciplinary engagement in order to understand the values of and meet the needs of patients. Pallaitive care is at the forefront of this engagement. Students in this course will develop skills and methods for claiming one's place at the table, communicating with other professionals, and contributing meaningfully to the patient's care.

With advanced medical technology now capable of sustaining the body long after meaningful quality of life has ceased, advanced planning around end of life care is essential to dying well. In this course, students will be introduced to the important elements of planning for end of life, will practice leading conversations around end of life planning, and will gain an awareness of the complex issues surrounding end of life care. This course will enable participants to engage others in their care to grapple with the important issues involved in dying well.

In this course, students will examine the challenges facing the terminally ill and how to give care to those facing the experience of dying. Looking at the physical and spiritual dimensions of dying, students will examine their own fears around death, gain understanding of the dying process, and how to be effective caregivers to those facing end of life.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.

JANUARY

MARCH

MAY

AUGUST

OCTOBER

A Career in Transforming Communities

Is this Your Mission?

Bereavement Coordinator-Home Hospice, Care Transition Coordinator, Clinical Care Manager, Community Health Education Coordinator, Community Health Educator, Community Health Ministry Leader, Community Health Worker, Community Outreach Coordinator, Community Hospice Educator, Congregational Nurse, Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Director for Church Life and Pastoral Care, Director of Pastoral Care, Associate Director of Pastoral Care, Director of Home Health/Hospice, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care, Elderly Community Services Coordinator, Faith Community Nurse, Family Support Coordinator, Health Education Assistant, Health Educator, Health Education Outreach Coordinator, Healthcare Educator, Healthcare Missionary, Home Health Hospice Aide, Hospice Aide, Hospice Care Consultant, Hospice Case Manager, Hospice Chaplain, Hospice Nurse, Manager of Pastoral Care, Manager of Pastoral Services, Medical Social Worker-Hospice, Palliative Care Chaplain, Palliative Care Coordinator, Palliative Care Educator and Care Manager, Palliative Care Nurse, Palliative Care Physician, Palliative Care Program Manager, Palliative Care Social Worker, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Pastor for Senior Adults, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Care, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Life, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Pastoral Care Director, Pastoral Care Program Coordinator, Pastoral Counselor, Pastoral Member Care Specialist, Pastoral Services Supervisor, Senior Adult Care Associate, Senior Adult Program Coordinator

 

 

Request Information Now

How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.

TIER COUNTRIES

100% Tuition

 

$295
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$885

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$236
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$708

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$177
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$531

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$118
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$354

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.