We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions for the End of Life Doula Certificate.  If you have additional questions about the program, be sure to reach out to our Advisor Team at 802-656-2085 or submit the inquiry form available on this site.

What is an End of Life Doula?

End of Life Doulas complement the work provided by palliative and/or hospice teams providing care for clients in hospice, hospital, and residential environments.  Doulas support clients with compassionate care in a number of ways, including emotional, spiritual, informational, and physical support, which greatly helps to ease some of the burdens faced by both the client and the family.

What are my career options once I complete this program?

Upon successful completion of this course, learners will have the skill set and mindset to offer doula services to family/community members and/or patients/clients.  Many people add End of Life Doula skills to complement their existing training and work with clients/patients.  Examples include: hospice staff, birth doulas, home health care providers, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and alternative health professionals.  If you are looking to become a full-time EOL doula, you will need to pave the way to establish your professional path as this is a new, emerging career. As part of launching your own practice, your next steps will include marketing, advertising, networking, and accounting, among other considerations. Our alumni are able to remain connected and in contact with the goal of establishing this professional role through shared collaboration. 

What kind of financial aid is available?

Cabot Creamery has generously offered sponsorship to reduce the cost of the End of Life Doula Certificate tuition to $500, which is a significant savings because similar online certificate programs offered by UVM are typically priced at $1,695. All accepted students will receive reduced funding. Simply click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of the page.

Is this program available for Continuing Education Units?

Yes, this program is eligible for five Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

What is a typical schedule like if I enroll in the End of Life Doula Certificate?

Our weekly modules start mid-week on Wednesday. This allows you to complete your readings on Thursday and Friday, and then gives you time on the weekend to engage in discussions and complete your written assignments.  Monday and Tuesday will be a great time for you to continue to refine and edit your assignments before submitting them, and continue participating in the online discussions.  We anticipate that students will spend approximately 5 to 10 hours per week on assignments, readings, and discussions for each course.

Do I need any prior knowledge of End of Life Care or are there any prerequisites for the certificate or courses?

There is no specific coursework required for this certificate.  Primarily, we want you to have a deep commitment to providing compassionate care for people who are dying.

What is the weekly time commitment for the courses?

Students spend about 5 to 10 hours per week on the coursework.

Can the course be taken from anywhere, including outside the US?

Yes. Our certificate is 100% online.

Have a question that is not listed here?

Our Advisors are here to help.  Please call us at 802-656-2085 or submit the inquiry form available on this site.