Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate
- When is Payment Due?
- Can I pay by P.O.?
- How many hours of work a week will the program require?
- Do I need to be online at certain times?
- Can I move through the program at a faster pace than one module a week?
- Will I need to purchase any additional text books or resource materials?
- Will a letter grade be issued for the program?
- Are CEU’s available for this program?
- When will this program be offered again?
- Does registering on the Priority Wait List guarantee me a seat in the program?
- Are applicants required to be ordained or have 4 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units before taking this course? Or is this course going to replace CPE and ordination as far as being certified to be a hospice/palliative care chaplain?
- Does this course meet the competencies set by APC?
- How often do I need to participate?
- I can’t take the course during work hours, when is the course taught?
- Does completion of the course provide me with a certification credential?
- Will the course help me prepare for the certification in palliative care offered by my chaplaincy membership association?
Payment in full is due at the time of registration. At this time payment plans or financial aid is not available.
Yes. Please note that there is limited space in each program so you will need to contact us to assure seats are available in the program before processing the P.O.
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The program will require 8-10 hours a week of reading and assignments.
No. Participants will be given assignments for each module with deadlines. The work can be completed on the participants own time as long as deadlines are met.
No. the program is structured as a cohort, so participants will move through the material as a group. All work must be completed by the deadline in order to receive a certificate.
No. All materials will be posted online and can be accessed through the online program page.
No. The program is a pass/fail program. However, if your company requires proof that you have passed the course for reimbursement purposes, the Institute for Palliative Care can issue a letter stating you have passed the course.
Yes. The National Association of Catholic Chaplains has approved this program for 8 Continuing Education Hours per Module for a total of 72 Continuing Education Hours. Please contact the National Association of Catholic Chaplains for more information.
The APC no longer approves specific programs for continuing education credit. However, APC BBCs may submit any program they attend as long as the content is relevant and appropriate for Chaplains. For more information on what they will accept, please contact APC.
We usually offer this course winter, spring, summer, and fall. This is subject to demand so please check the course description page for the next start date.
No. Priority Wait List members will receive notification of registration availability before the registration is posted online for the general public. There are limited seats in each cohort and seats are reserved on a first-come-first served basis.
Are applicants required to be ordained or have 4 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units before taking this course? Or is this course going to replace CPE and ordination as far as being certified to be a hospice/palliative care chaplain?
The short answer is “no.” Participants in the course are not required to be ordained or have 4 units of CPE. Nor does the course replace CPE and ordination.
Rather, the course is designed for 3 groups of participants:
1. For board certified chaplains who are interested in applying to one of the professional associations offering a specialty certificate in palliative and hospice chaplaincy, this course will provide a wealth of knowledge and skills to assist them in their preparation for that process. However, they will still need to meet the particular requirements of the professional chaplaincy organization to apply for the specialty certification.
2. The course is also designed for chaplains who are not board certified. It does not replace CPE which has a different depth and breadth. However, many chaplains working in rural areas do not have access to CPE sites yet want to have in-depth education in palliative care. This program will offer that. It offers a certificate of completion of the course, not any sort of equivalency to CPE.
3. The course is also open to persons from other disciplines than chaplaincy who are interested in receiving training in palliative care from a spiritual foundation. This will also assist in helping them to understand the role of the chaplain as a highly skilled and contributing member of the multidisciplinary team.
Because the course is made up of cohorts, the opportunity exists for persons from all three groups to participate in learning together from their various perspectives.
The goal of this course is to prepare students to meet the competencies as set by APC. APC, or one’s accrediting organization, will then determine if the competencies have been met for certification in the specialty.
Participants will be expected to complete one module each week, with the entire program taking a total of nine weeks.
The program is always available. The online course is asynchronous, which allows participants to complete the coursework on their own time with assignments due at the end of each week.
No, this is a certificate course, which provides training on a specialized topic. Upon successful completion of the course students will receive a certificate. 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.
Will the course help me prepare for the certification in palliative care offered by my chaplaincy membership association?
The course specifically, but not exclusively, addresses the professional associations’ competencies for palliative care specialty certification and will enhance preparation for this certification process.