Fundamentals of HPC – Core

Online & In-Person Course Offerings

Fundamentals is a pre-requisite for APPS, Fundamentals Enhanced and CAPCE

Thinking about taking Fundamentals?

We are able to offer affordable, quality, and high-value palliative care courses for health care providers, in Waterloo Wellington, due to government subsidies received by our program. Click on the “+” signs below to reveal more course details.

If it has been more than five years since you last took a Fundamentals course, you may consider re-taking it, due to continuous changes in hospice and palliative care.

The Fundamentals of HPC course is about health care providers and volunteers developing comfort in discussing all aspects of dying and death, and by becoming aware of the issues in each of the domains (disease management, physical, psychological, social, spiritual, practical, end-of-life care / death management, and loss and grief) that may impact persons and families living with life-threatening illnesses.

Team members, depending on their specific responsibilities and accountabilities, play complementary and vitally important roles on the team. Learners enrolled in the program gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various team members and gain insight into the importance of effective communication and effective team function in supporting the person and family as they journey with progressive illness.

This Case-Based Learning (CBL) program provides opportunities for participants to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios.
  • Peer-reviewed, evidence-informed and up-to-date course content
  • Facilitation and mentorship by experienced local palliative care nurse consultants
Fundamentals is an interactive, introductory-level palliative care course ideal for the following health care providers or volunteers.

  • Case Coordinators
  • Developmental Service Managers
  • Dietitians
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Family Health Team Staff
  • Health Administration
  • Housekeeping Staff
  • Mental Health Case Managers
  • Nurses (All Classes)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Organization Leadership
  • Personal Support Workers/ Health Care Aides
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians & Physician Assistants
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Specialty Care Services Staff (Renal, Obstetrics, ICU, Acute Care)
  • Speech Language Professionals
  • Spiritual Care Providers
  • Students (Health Care, Helping Professions, etc.)
  • Volunteers
Typically, Fundamentals is a 7-week program See Fundamentals Course Synopsis

Course Structure: Learners will participate as follows:

  • Self-Directed Learning Activities - All course work / materials are provided online, using the Partnering for Palliative Education education platform, powered by Brightspace, thus learners are required to use a computer, tablet or smart phone to participate.
  • Classroom Sessions. The three Case-Based Learning (CBL) sessions are scheduled three weeks apart to allow time for online, self-directed readings/ activities and applying learning to daily practice. There are two Classroom Session formats available:
    1. In-Person - Learners attend the three CBL sessions in person; course work is completed online
    2. Online - Learners connect via a Zoom link to the three online CBL classroom sessions; course work is completed online. Please note: This course requires learners to interact with their peers and facilitators during these online classroom sessions.

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Cost: $40.00 This course is non-refundable.
  • Full Participation is mandatory to receive a certificate.
  • Course/Class Cancellations/Changes - Learn more>
  • Course IPAQ Requirements - Learn more>

Course Availability & Registration Information

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Fundamentals Courses CBL 1
(Start Date)
CBL 2 CBL 3 Location
Spr 01 2024
Full – Registration Closed
Apr 10, 2024
2:00-5:00 pm
May 1, 2024
2:00-5:00 pm
May 22, 2024
2:00-5:00 pm
via Zoom
Spr02 2024
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May 14, 2024
3:00-6:00 pm
Jun 4, 2024
3:00-6:00 pm
Jun 25 2024
3:00-6:00 pm
via Zoom

More Fundamentals courses coming in Fall 2024