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Welcome prospective students interested in learning more about IHPCA! IHPCA offers a variety of courses on palliative care. We are confident you’ll find the right fit for you. Take a look or feel free to contact us.

Degree Courses
For those interested in a diploma or degree in palliative care IHPCA offers the courses you need to start your career in palliative care including:

Welcome prospective students interested in learning more about IHPCA! IHPCA offers a variety of courses on palliative care. We are confident you’ll find the right fit for you. Take a look or feel free to contact us.

Degree Courses
For those interested in a diploma or degree in palliative care IHPCA offers the courses you need to start your career in palliative care including:

Diploma in Palliative Care

 i.     Diploma in Palliative Care

The diploma in palliative care is a one year distance learning diploma programme open to clinical practitioners with an interest in palliative care. It is aimed a diverse audience and attracts students from across Africa. This one pear program has been a highly successful effort to expand knowledge about palliative.
Key to this programme is for graduates to not only understand the clinical components of palliative care but to have the ability to train others, advocate within their communities and develop palliative care services where none currently exist.

1.    Programme Content
The diploma programme is a 12 month course with two semesters and a recess term. The majority of this time is spent in distance learning. Students use the internet to access materials, communicate with lecturers and submit assignments. However, there is six week compulsory residential session at the beginning of the first semester and an examination week at the end of each semester, which are administered at IHPCA.

2.    Admission Requirements
Diploma holders including Clinical Officers, Clinical Ophthalmic Officers, Clinical Dental Officers, Psychiatry Clinical Officers, Pharmacy Technicians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Midwives, Comprehensive Nurses and other relevant and related health science diplomas are welcome to apply.

Applicants must:
•    Provide certified copies of required professional and academic qualifications.
•    Have a minimum of two years post professional qualification.
•    Possess a Uganda Certificate of Education O level or equivalent with at least five passes obtained at the same sitting.
•    Possess a Uganda Certificate of Education A level or equivalent with at least one principal pass and two subsidiary passes obtained at the same sitting.
•    Provide two recommendations, one of which should be a current supervisor.
•    Be committed to palliative care for two years post graduation.
•    Provide a letter from employer stating agreement for a student to commence course. A four week study leave is required during the recess term for a clinical placement. During the two semesters it is suggested one to two days a month of study leave.

3.    Tuition
The diploma in palliative care one year course costs $5,400 per year and includes:
•    Registration
•    Tuition
•    Examination fees
•    Accommodation and meals during residential periods

Diploma in Clinical Palliative Care

ii.    Diploma in Clinical Palliative Care
The diploma in clinical palliative care is a one year course that provides clinical officers and nurses with the skill set needed to prescribe morphine and provide palliative care. This course combines theoretical course work with in the field training. This course is a key to educating experienced health workers in the field of palliative care that they become focal persons for the provision of this vital care in their communities.

1.    Programme Content
The one year course based at IHPCA with students gaining extensive practical experience in assessing and managing pain, symptom management and providing psychosocial support. This experience includes time spent at HAU hospices, which are in both urban and rural settings. The last two months of this course are students return to their districts to conduct palliative care using their newly acquired skills. This includes advocating within their communities, informing and educating colleagues on palliative care, conducting an approved research project. At the end of this two month period students will have created a plan for the continuation and expansion of palliative care provision in their area. Upon completion of the required elements students will graduate as accredited palliative care providers able to offer holistic care, including the prescription of needed medications.

2.    Admission requirements
Diploma holders including Clinical Officers, Clinical Ophthalmic Officers, Clinical Dental Officers, Psychiatry Clinical Officers, Pharmacy Technicians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Midwives, Comprehensive Nurses and other relevant and related health science diplomas are welcome to apply.

Applicants must:
•    Provide certified copies of required professional and academic qualifications.
•    Have a minimum of two years post professional qualification.
•    Possess a Uganda Certificate of Education O level or equivalent with at least five passes obtained at the same sitting.
•    Possess a Uganda Certificate of Education A level or equivalent with at least one principal pass and two subsidiary passes obtained at the same sitting.
•    Provide two recommendations, one of which should be a current supervisor.
•    Be committed to palliative care for two years post graduation.
•    Provide a letter from employer stating agreement for a student to commence course. A four week study leave is required during the recess term for a clinical placement. During the two semesters it is suggested one to two days a month of study leave.

3.    Tuition
The tuition for this one year course is $4,500 and covers:
•    Registration
•    Tuition
•    Examination fees
•    Accommodation and meals during residence

Students are encouraged to seek for support to secure funds for tuition where possible. There are scholarships available through IHPCA for students in need of financial support. More information on financial support can be found in the scholarship section here.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Palliative Care

iii.    Bachelor of Science Degree in Palliative Care
The Bachelor of Science in palliative care is a one year distance learning programme open to clinical practitioners with an interest in palliative care. It is aimed a diverse audience and attracts students from across Africa. This programme is offered by IHPCA in partnership with Makerere University; IHPCA teaches this programme with Makerere University conferring the degree, upon completion of the course work.
Key to this programme is for graduates to not only understand the clinical components of palliative care but to have the ability to train others, advocate within their communities and develop palliative care services where none currently exist.

1.    Programme Content
The Bachelor of Science programme is a three year course with five semesters and two recess terms. There is a compulsory residential four week session at the beginning of each year and an examination week at the end of each semester. The remaining time is spent in distance learning. Students use the internet to access materials, communicate with lecturers and submit assignments.
A research project will be carried out by each student in the third year which will be in line with the research requirements and practices of Makerere University.

2.    Admission Requirements
There are two levels of entry onto this programme.

Entry at year one:
Diploma holders including Clinical Officers, Clinical Ophthalmic Officers, Clinical Dental Officers, Psychiatry Clinical Officers, Pharmacy Technicians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Medical Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Midwives, Comprehensive Nurses and other relevant and related health science diplomas are welcome to apply.

Entry at year two:
•    Holders with a diploma in palliative care from Makerere University/Hospice Africa Uganda.
•    Holders with a diploma in palliative care from a recognized institution of higher learning.

Applicants must:
•    Provide certified copies of required professional and academic qualifications.
•    Have a minimum of two years post professional qualification.
•    Possess a Uganda Certificate of Education O level or equivalent with at least five passes obtained at the same sitting.
•    Possess a Uganda Certificate of Education A level or equivalent with at least one principal pass and two subsidiary passes obtained at the same sitting.
•    Provide two recommendations, one of which should be a current supervisor.
•    Be committed to palliative care for two years post graduation.
•    Provide a letter from employer stating agreement for a student to commence course. A four week study leave is required during the recess term for a clinical placement. During the two semesters it is suggested one to two days a month of study leave.

3.    Tuition
The diploma in palliative care one year course costs $5,400 per year and includes:
•    Registration
•    Tuition
•    Examination fees
•    Accommodation and meals during residential periods

Master of Science Degree in Palliative Care

iv.    Master of Science Degree in Palliative Care
The Master of Science in palliative care is currently in the development stage in coordination with Makerere University. It is expected to be open to admissions in 2015. Please return to this page for updated information.

Applying and Admissions

 

Applying and Admissions
Applicants interested in applying for a degree course at IHPCA need to compile the required documents and send them to by email at ar@hospiceafrica.or.ug or by mail to:
Academic Registrar
Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa,
Hospice Africa Uganda,
P.O. Box 7757, Kampala, Uganda

Application fees for Ugandan applicants should be paid in Ugandan shillings at the rate of 50,000/= either via bank or Mobile Money. Application fees for international applicants should be paid in US dollars at the rate of $75 through a bank.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received but should not be submitted after March 1st of any year. Students who are successful will be notified no later than June. We apologise, however, due to the volume of applicants it is not possible for IHPCA to notify students not being offered admission.