HLT3100 Intro to Palliative Care Concepts

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. David Simmons

Course Description:

With the rise of chronic illness, increased life expectancy, and complex medical technology, palliative care offers quality of life to those facing life ending or life limiting illness. In this course, students will read, discuss, and engage the basic concepts of palliative care. Students will explore the history of medicine, the rise of medical technology, and the complex challenges facing patients in todays healthcare system. This course prepares students who wish to go further in the care of those facing serious illness.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students committed to meeting body, soul, and spirit needs of people with chronic and critical illnesses must have a basic understanding of the palliative care philosphy, it’s place in the healthcare system, and its benefits to society. This course is also an important launching point for those who will pursue advanced study around the needs of critically and terminally persons.

Why This Course Is Important:

As we age and as medical technology advances, the question of what we can do to extend life must be balances with what it means to have quality of life. Palliative care helps people consider what matters most to them in these critical times. Followers of Jesus Christ who place themselves in the lives of people going through these challenges will find themselves making a significant contribution in the name of Jesus Christ.