New opportunities are emerging daily in the development and delivery of aging products and services. Individuals who understand older adults' needs, strengths, and limitations, as well as their cognitive, physical, and social functioning, will be well-positioned for today's competitive marketplace.
This certificate is designed to guide participants to a better understanding of death's many dimensions and to become more knowledgeable about end of life issues, whether for personal or professional reasons. Professionals in a myriad of practices—nurses, social workers, doctors, chaplains—regardless of setting, will inevitably work with patients facing acute or long-term situations involving life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief, and bereavement.
This certificate is offered in collaboration with the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Nursing. These collaborative noncredit certificates utilize existing for-credit classes and as such, have unique application requirements which are described in the information below.
Demand for healthcare workers will remain particularly strong due to the mounting healthcare needs of the burgeoning elderly population. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "the health care and social assistance industry is expected to be the most rapidly growing sector in terms of employment" through 2020. It is projected that employment will increase by 34.5 percent in healthcare support occupations and 25.9 percent in healthcare practitioner and technical occupations through 2020. There is a growing demand for workers in long-term care, in particular, as more of the elderly require nursing home care, residential care, adult day care, and home care.
This certificate is designed for individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and goals. Experience in healthcare or caring for the aging is not required for admission into this micro-certificate program. Professionals from a variety of careers will find this helpful to provide more value to their current job or seek opportunities to advance. Following are some of the more typical professional areas that would seek and benefit from this program:
The noncredit End of Life Care Micro-Certificate utilizes two existing courses currently offered for-credit in the College of Nursing.
Class format: PEPEC 532 is an online class and PEPEC 656 is held on-campus providing networking opportunities with faculty and fellow students.
Class duration: classes are held over a traditional 12 or 15 week semester.
Enrollment options: PEPEC 656 is offered each spring semester/ PEPEC 532 is offered each summer semester.
Course sequencing: there are no restrictions on course sequencing. Students may take the courses in any order.
Average Time to Complete: the certificate can be completed in as little as 2 semesters. Students must complete the program within 2 years. There is no minimum or maximum number of credits a student must or can take per semester.
Application Requirements:an AA or bachelor’s degree is required to pursue this micro-certificate.
Prerequisites: there are no prerequisites for this micro-certificate.
CEU Credit - Please contact the program director to inquire about CEU credit for this certificate
The End of Life Care Micro-Certificate is a five credit program of study with two required courses offered over a time frame comparable to a traditional semester schedule, with fixed start and end dates. These noncredit courses meet with for-credit sections.
PEPEC 656: Interdisciplinary Approach to End-of-Life/Palliative Care - 12 week course
Health care providers, regardless of practice settings, will inevitably work with patients facing acute or long-term situations involving life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief, and bereavement. These patients and their families experience a variety of needs throughout their time of illness. These needs are addressed by the help of many professional disciplines specifically trained to diagnose and treat these needs. This course provides interdisciplinary discourses on the provision of holistic care for patients and their families experiencing life-limiting disease.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
PEPEC 532: Death, Dying and Bereavement - 15 week course
This course will provide knowledge and strategies which are helpful in working with dying and bereaved individuals and their families. It will present an overview of clinical, philosophical, spiritual and social issues concerning dying and bereavement. Personal growth, confronting one's own mortality and awareness of "unfinished business" will be emphasized.
At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:
Program Cost - Noncredit tuition for the full micro-certificate is $1750.
Tuition for individual classes is as follows:
PEPEC 656: Interdisciplinary Approach to End-of-Life/Palliative Care $700
PEPEC 532: Death Dying and Bereavement $ 1050
Tuition is due at the beginning of each course offering a pay-as-you-go option. Textbooks are additional costs. Tuition listed above is for the 2016-2017 academic year and subject to change without advance notice.
Why choose the University of Utah?
We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class!
By selecting the University of Utah, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional or a lifelong learner.
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The Power of the U Network – students have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.
Programs that Fit Your Schedule – most of our certificates offer convenient online or evening classes that offer a schedule that works around you. Go to class whenever and wherever you want.
How to apply for an Academic Noncredit Certificate
The following common information is required for all applicants in the online application:
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Deadlines and other important application information
Certificate Completion Requirements
Apply for Your Certificate of Completion
After completing all requirements, students may request to receive their official certificate by completing the Request for Certificate form.
How is my accomplishment recognized?
For students earning an “S-Satisfactory" grade, the completed certificate will appear on University of Utah official transcripts.Students will also be awarded a University of Utah digital credential (badge) that can be shared on social media sites and used with other professional resources. Digital badges are embedded with metadata that validate the skills demonstrated and other requirements for earning the badge.
Digital Credentials / Badges
Follow the link on the badge to the left to find out what metadata is behind the Yoga Teacher Training Certificate or Caring for the Aging Population Micro-certificate badge. This is an example of the type of information you’ll find behind all our academic noncredit certificates.
Are there exams? Am I graded?
Certificate classes are graded with a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" option. For successful certificate completion, students must achieve a "satisfactory" grade in all classes.
Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?
This certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.
Is there a minimum or maximum number of credits a student may take in a semester?
There are no minimums or maximum number of credits restrictions for students. The certificate must be completed within one year.
Will I have flexibility in what classes I take and when?
Once admitted, students are responsible for enrolling in individual classes on their own through Continuing Education Academic Noncredit. Students may consult with the certificate program manager if they have questions about specific courses. (See contact us section)
Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?
Students pursuing a certificate are considered "non-degree seeking," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid loan programs.
Is there a minimum or maximum number of credits a student may take in a semester?
There are no minimums or maximum number of credits restrictions for students. Students skipping one or more semesters are encouraged to communicate with their program advisor regarding completion plans.
What is the average weekly time commitment for each of the classes?
This noncredit class is "yoked" or partnered with a for-credit section. The for-credit section is three credits. For a typical three credit hour class, each student is expect to spend approximately six hours per week outside the classroom.
What are the online courses like?
The online courses in this certificate are flexible in that you don't have to attend online classes at a specific time. Our students use a combination of self-study and peer-to-peer interaction over an online learning network to facilitate instruction. You'll complete weekly assignments, readings, discussions, and occasional group work, as well as exams and other activities designed to enhance learning outcomes, all at times that are most convenient to you.
Using chat, video conferencing, phone calls, email, social media, bulletin boards, and more, you'll stay connected with fellow students and faculty, building personal networks along the way.
Your courses are developed by faculty and instructional designers who understand the specific needs of learners in an online environment. Special consideration is given to advance planning and setting expectations in the online classroom, so each curriculum is outlined in a syllabus distributed at the start of the course. This document provides an overview of the course assignments, grading strategy, student and faculty expectations, and course materials, as well as an understanding of the course goals and learning outcomes.
Does it matter which course I take first or in what order I take the classes?
It might matter. See the individual program details for your specific certificate.
Graduate Student Advisor
University of Utah College of Nursing