Grand Valley offers program in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Valley State University will offer an interprofessional certificate program in hospice and palliative care for post-baccalaureate students and professionals in northern Michigan.

Classes will begin in January at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center, 2200 Dendrinos Drive.

Organizers said the program is designed for professionals who work with patients facing life-limiting and terminal illnesses, including nurses, social workers, physicians, clergy members and other health professionals.

The four-course certificate program was established by Grand Valley’s Kirkhof College of Nursing, School of Social Work, and School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration in 2015 with a cohort in Grand Rapids.

Karen Burritt, associate dean for graduate programs for KCON, said the program is offered in a combination of online and in-seat classes and includes coursework in palliative and hospice care, pain/symptom management, death and grief, and an elective in pharmacology, social work or health care systems. Classes meet five times per semester.

Burritt said the Traverse City cohort will be a collaborative effort with northern Michigan leaders in hospice and palliative care. She added there is a tremendous need in rural areas for health care professionals who have advanced knowledge of end-of-life care.

People interested in applying for the certificate program can contact Linda Buck at buckli@gvsu.edu or (800) 480-0406 for information. Details are posted online, gvsu.edu/phc/.

 

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