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Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE)

Designed for nurses, this course will grow your hospice palliative care knowledge and expertise.

New for 2024: The Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) program was redesigned in 2023 to be reflective of best practice, evidence-based hospice palliative care and knowledge translation strategies in order to effectively meet the needs of learners. The program design aligns with the Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care and The Ontario Palliative Care Competency Framework.

Following active participation in all program components, the CAPCE graduate will practice as a competent hospice palliative care resource nurse and support the development of skills among their peers. This program will take approximately 4 months to complete and there are a maximum of 10 learners per class. Available for nurses working in Halton/Peel regions.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care

Blended-Learning Program Components

  • Self-directed reading and reflection (on Brightspace D2L Learning Platform)
  • Quizzes and Discussion Board Posts (on Brightspace D2L Learning Platform)
  • 9 Coaching Sessions
  • Peer-to-Peer (learning debrief)
  • Final Assignment

All program components are mandatory, including attendance at all coaching sessions, to receive a certificate of completion.

Application Process

  1. Complete application form to demonstrate:
    • Completion of Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Program (within the last 7 years)
    • NP, RN, or RPN registration in good standing
    • Access to an internet-enabled computer or mobile device, with a working phone and camera
    • Meet the eligibility and selection criteria (based on the applicant’s answers to questions in the application form). See more details at www.acclaimhealth.ca/CAPCE
    • Minimum of 1 year experience (or equivalent as determined by the CAPCE coordination team) caring for people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses
    • Must be able to attend all sessions and complete all components of the program
  2. The CAPCE coordination team will review all applications. Applicants who are accepted will receive notification by email, and a link for payment sent at that time.

The nurse is encouraged to request the following from their organization:

  • A commitment of leadership to support and enable improvements to hospice palliative care
  • Ongoing support and encouragement from those in leadership positions as well as peers (i.e. support for pain assessment, management and staff education)
  • Removal of barriers to learning (i.e., work with the most appropriate physician to be a part of the team, scheduling of staff to facilitate attendance at education sessions)
  • Assistance with the transfer of new skills and knowledge to the work place


Eligibility Criteria
In order for the Nurse Practitioner (NP), Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) to be eligible to participate in the CAPCE program, the following attributes/experience will be considered:

  • Sensitivity to the impact of attitudes, behaviours, life experiences, values, thoughts and feelings on the well-being and quality of life from the perspective of all partners in care
  • Ability to listen, learn from others, to question self and others, and identify new approaches
  • Ability to solve problems and take action to provide the best care possible
  • Ability to learn and develop, both personally and as part of a team and organization
  • Ability to engage in self-directed study and independent research using resources such as libraries, the Internet, peers and subject matter experts

Program Schedules, Applications and Cost:

  • The cost of the CAPCE program is $300 (tax exempt)
  • Please apply in the area where you live and work
  • The Peel Region program is available in the Fall and the Halton Region program is available in the Winter (see details for both programs below)

Upcoming Courses

Fall Program: Peel Region

The application deadline is July 19, 2024. Deadline for payment if accepted is August 16, 2024.


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In person coaching sessions

Location: Chinguacousy Wellness Centre – Community Room #1
995 Peter Robertson Blvd, Brampton

Tuesday, September 17, 2024

January 21, 2025


Virtual coaching sessions
Tuesday, October 1, 2024

Tuesday, October 15, 2024

Tuesday, October 29, 2024

Tuesday, November 12, 2024

Tuesday, November 26, 2024

Tuesday, December 10, 2024

Tuesday, January 7, 2025


Winter Program: Halton

The application deadline is November 1, 2024. Deadline for payment if accepted is December 6, 2024.


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In person coaching sessions

Location: In-Person at MH RLC (TBD)
2030 Bristol Circle, Room 205

Tuesday, January 8, 2025

Tuesday, April 30, 2025

Virtual coaching sessions
Wednesday, January 22, 2025

Wednesday, February 5, 2025

Wednesday, February 19, 2025

Wednesday, March 5, 2025

Wednesday, March 19, 2025

Wednesday, April 2, 2025

Wednesday, April 16, 2025

Contact Information

JC Sagar, 905-827-8111 or 1-800-426-9666 x2510

Contact us to learn more.
905-827-8111 or 1-800-426-9666

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