Applications invited: Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care (CCEPC), 2017

Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) has been conducting CCEPC for doctors and nurses since 2007. This course, a distance education program with 15 hours of contact session and 8 weeks of distant learning, aims at inculcating the principles of Palliative Care to improve patient care through proper communication and effective management of difficult symptoms. During these 8 weeks, candidates have to submit a Reflective Case History.

June 2017 batch of the Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care (CCEPC) will begin on 1st June 2017 and November 2017.  It is a basic course in Palliative Care for Doctors and Nurses. This program will help doctors and nurses in their day to day professional life.


Who all can apply?

Doctors who have successfully completed MBBS / BDS (including those doing their internship) and Nurses with Diploma in Nursing / Bsc Nursing.


Course Fee

A heavily subsidized course fee which is as follows:

Doctors: Rs. 2000

Nurses: Rs. 1500

Registered candidates who do not clear the examination in the first attempt will get one more chance to appear in the examination without paying additional fee.


How to apply

The course is delivered through different centres in India. The following documents to be submitted at the respective centres:

  1. The completed application form
  2. Proof of professional qualification

The details of centres and contacts are included in the brochure. You can down load the brochure.


Course Outline

CCEPC has two components, Part A and an optional Part B (Hands on Training in Palliative Care).

Part A consists of a contact session of 15 hours followed by 8 weeks of distant learning. This will be followed by an evaluation consisting of theory examination and spotter examination. The examination will be in August 2017.

The candidate also have to submit a Reflective Case History (online submission), which will be evaluated by National Faculty.

Candidate successful in the theory and spotter examination and those who have secured pass grade in the Reflective e Case History will be awarded the Certificate in Essentials of Palliative Care.

Part B: Hands on Training in Palliative Care – is optional and consists of 10 days Hands on Training. This should be done at a palliative care unit authorized by IAPC to conduct part B. At the end of the 10 days posting, the candidate has to submit a logbook duly attested by the mentor.

The certificate awarded to candidates who successfully complete the Hands on Training will enable them to apply for license to stock and dispense oral morphine under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.


Course Content

  • Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Spirituality, Ethics in Medical Practice, Psychological Issues
  • Management of Pain and other Symptoms
  • Nursing Issues
  • Palliative Care in HIV/AIDS
  • Care of the Elderly and Paediatric Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care Emergencies
  • End of Life Care


Important Dates

1. For June 2017 Course

Last date to submit application at the centre: May 28, 2017

Course starts: June 1, 2017

Evaluation: August 2017

2. For November 2017 Course

Last date to submit application at the centre: October 28, 2017

Course starts: November 1, 2017

Evaluation: January 2018


Download CCEPC Course materials:


Application Form Course Brochure Course Conduct Guideline Case Reflection Guideline


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