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PT 460


Physical, Emotional and Pastoral Care of the Dying Patient

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This course looks at the needs of the dying patient within the scope of the totality of the human person.  It answers the needs of the dying from more than just a physical aspect but also an emotional, spiritual and pastoral way that incorporates end of life care as also a spiritual vocation that involves seeing God in everyone.  It covers all the end of life questions that plague doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice care givers, chaplains, counselors and family.  With an up to date text and a few other articles from the author of the course, many aspects that pastoral care givers will face are examined in detail. Upon completion of this course, students are awarded 40 contact hours of continuing education credits. Course Code: PT 460.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Pastoral Care Thanatologist with the American Institute of Health Care professionals

Instructor/Course Author: Mark Moran, M.A.

Email: Mdmoran7@yahoo.com

Resume: access here

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course as well as all of the courses in the Pastoral Thanatology program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Care of the Dying Patient: Edited by David A. Flemming and John C. Hagan III. University of Missouri Press, Columbia and London, 2010.    ISBN: 978-0-8262-1874-2 AND 978-0-8262-1890-2 (paper)

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on "Pastoral Thanatology." Access AIHCP Store: click here


GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 40 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American Academy of Grief Counseling and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

Online Classroom Resources and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able:

To be able to compassionately serve the needs of the totality of the human person who is near death

To face physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the dying person in a professional manner

To be not only an aid to the dying but also a communicating and comforting agent to the mourning family

To understand various procedures to alleviate the pain of those dying

To differentiate between the treatment of a disease and the nature of alleviating the symptoms of the person

To hear and be a true advocate of the voice of the dying patient

To understand the nature of hospice

To be able to identify the ethics and morality of near death decisions of the patient and to be able to offer advice and solutions to the family

To be better equipped to be the compassionate and spiritual care giver that bridges the doctor and the family/patient


A brief abstract of content:

Control of Suffering
The Needs of Special Populations
Psychological and Spiritual Needs
Morality of End of Life Decisions (Additional Reading by Author of Course)
Corporal Works of Mercy and the Angelic Hand of the Pastoral Counselor and Thanatologist (Additional Reading by Author of Course)
Anointing of the Sick (Additional Reading by Author of Course)
Christian Theism and Suffering (Additional Reading by Author of Course)
Theistic Ideals on Death (Additional Reading by Author of Course)
Dying with Christian Dignity (Additional Reading by Author of Course)
Sick Faith

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