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This post-baccalaureate interprofessional certificate is designed to prepare individuals interested in palliative and hospice care with a deep understanding of the personal, professional, economic and legal perspectives of delivering care to patients facing life-limiting disease, terminal illness and death. Person-centered, family-oriented care should be a priority, according to the 2014 Institute of Medicine report, Dying in America. The report acknowledges the need for better palliative care education in order to meet the goal of high quality, affordable care for persons with life-limiting illness.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
Onsite classes in Traverse City start January 2018.  
Contact Linda Buck for more information: buckli@gvsu.edu or 616.331.7160.
 

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Grand Valley State University provides an environment that allows students to successfully complete their education and obtain thriving careers. The gainful employment regulation requires certificate programs to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. GVSU is engaged with the community to prepare the students for real life experiences, which allow for gainful employment. Click here read more about the Gainful Employment Disclosure information.


Why is this an extraordinary opportunity for learners?
Through this certificate program, individuals interested in palliative and hospice care will gain a deep understanding of the personal, professional and societal perspectives of delivering care to patients facing life-limiting disease, terminal illness and death and become champions for the delivery of exceptional interprofessional care.

Why is this a critical opportunity for care organizations?
Quality palliative and hospice care must be consistent with a person’s values, beliefs, goals and preferences. Individuals skilled in palliative and hospice care will better assess treatment preferences, positioning organizations to better manage patient symptoms, increase patient satisfaction and ensure efficient use of organizational resources.

Contact Linda Buck at 616-331-7160 or buckli@gvsu.edu for more information.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Contrast the interdisciplinary philosophy and delivery of palliative and hospice care with existing traditional medical models.                                       
  • Incorporate behaviors that acknowledge grieving and loss into routine care planning for individuals seeking palliative and hospice care.
  • Assimilate evidence-based strategies into effective provider communication that integrates patients and families as the unit of care.
  • Utilize an interdisciplinary framework to support and develop a plan of care for individuals who require palliative and/or hospice care.
  • Delineate common types of pain and pain syndromes that contribute to symptom burden in individuals with life-limiting illness.
  • Develop strategies to alleviate the complex symptoms of individuals with chronic and terminal illness using a team approach.

Admissions

The Interprofessional Palliative and Hospice Care graduate certificate program admission requirements are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived for previous GVSU applicants.

Courses Offered

The Interprofessional Palliative and Hospice Care Certificate can be completed with 4 classes (12 credits.)

See the full course list.