Specialist Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing

Provided by Ngee Ann Polytechnic - CET Academy

Course introduction



The Specialist Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing (SDPCN) is accredited by the Singapore Nursing Board to skill nurses and allied health professionals in the areas of cancer and palliative care. There is currently a limited pool of palliative trained personnel who can deliver end-of-life care. Many terminally-ill patients have indicated their preference to spend their last days at home, in familiar surroundings accompanied by their loved ones. In addition, due to increased awareness and an ageing population, the demand for palliative care has been heightened.

The Specialist Diploma comprises two Certificates courses:

For Allied Healthcare Professionals and Nurses:
(1) Certificate in Essential Clinical Knowledge in Palliative Care (CKPC) ;

For Nurses only:
(2) Certificate in Essential Clinical Skills in Palliative Care (CSPC)

It aims to enhance the preparedness of Registered Nurses in their knowledge of common cancers, the pathophysiology and management of pain and other symptoms, emergencies in oncology, palliative care of non-cancers, history taking, physical assessment, clinical nursing skills, communication and psycho-social skills and ethical issues in end-of-life care.

Nurse participants will consolidate their learning during 2 weeks of clinical practicum. Allied health participants will also enhance their knowledge in palliative care for their patients with cancer and non-cancers.

Registered nurses with the Singapore Nursing Board with at least one year of relevant post registration working experience. Preference will be given to applicants working with patients at the end of life or palliative care settings.

Allied healthcare professionals with at least a polytechnic diploma and minimum one year of working experience.

Specialist Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing (comprising CSPC and CKPC)
- Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing) or equivalent;
- Applicants must be registered nurses with preference given to those working in palliative or end of life care units.

Certificate in Essential Clinical Knowledge in Palliative Care
- Allied Health Professionals with Polytechnic Diploma and minimum one year working experience.

On a case by case basis, the minimum entry requirements for applicants may be waived, subject to the agreement of both Ngee Ann Polytechnic and National Cancer Centre.

Fees & Funding

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