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Advanced Diploma in Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals
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Approval Code N/723/5/0088; 10/2018
Accreditation Code NEW
Classification Advanced Diploma in Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals
Subject Area Palliative care
Course Mode Full time/ Part time
Course Duration 1 year (Full time)
2 years (Part time)
Course Location UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
Intakes January, May
 
There is a growing number of people with terminal illness who are living for a longer period of time due to the advances in medical technology and healthcare. As a result, many organisations such as hospice institutions, palliative care centres, home care agencies, geriatric centres and even acture care hospitals are expanding palliative care units to provide dedicated care with the aim to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for both the patients and their families. Healthcare professionals should be equipped and prepared to provide the best quality care for people with life-threatening illnesses throughout the entire course of their illness.

This palliative care programme is, therefore, designed to meet the present and future requirements of healthcare professionals who are currently working or intending to work with terminally-ill patients. It is the intent of this programme to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and appropriate attitudes to function effectively in caring for clients who need end-of-life/palliative care.

Assessment

This Advanced Diploma in Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals consists of 70% structured coursework and 30% clinical practicum. The coursework and practicum are based on continuous assessment and/or final examination. Continuous assessments mainly includes the following components: assignments (e.g. oral presentation, research proposal, case study, critiquing, and reflections), practicum (actual exposure in palliative care centres and compilation of a portfolio of cases handled).

Entry Qualification
Holder of a Bachelor/Diploma in any health sciences or related field such as Nursing. Assistant Medical Officer Programme, Medical Social Sciences, Physiotherapy or Psychology
Preferably with one year working experience upon registration

Note / Legend   Discretion is given to Head of School to deal with other borderline Academic Requirement.

English Language Requirements
IELTS band 5.5; or TOEFL score of 550 (writing-based)

SPM Credits - 'A+' to 'C'
SPM Passes - 'D' to 'E'
O-Level Credits - 'A' to 'C'
UEC Credits - 'A1' to 'B6'
STPM Principals - 'A' to 'C'
A-Level - 'A' to 'E'
This Advanced Diploma in Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals Programme intends to prepare healthcare professionals to work in the palliative care setting (hospice institutions, palliative care centres, home care agencies, geriatric centres, nursing homes, and even acute care hospitals) as clinical experts, educators, and researchers in order to influence safe, quality, and cost-effective patient care.
Semester 1
  • Principles in Palliative Care
  • Communication at the End-of-Life
  • Nutrition for Palliative Care
  • Management of Clinical Symptoms I
  • Clinical Practicum I
Semester 2
  • Oncology for Palliative Care
  • Research and Biostatistics
  • Management of Clinical Symptoms II
  • Clinical Practicum II
Semester 3
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Clinical Practicum III

 

General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.

U1 –   For Malaysian students:
  1. Malaysian Studies

–   For Foreign students:
  1. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 2
U2 - U4 –   To be advised.

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