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 the cost of the program and are there scholarships?
The program cost is $800. There are no scholarships available at this time.
Are there any required textbooks that must be purchased for the course?
Yes. Students will need to purchase Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley, as well as Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care by Francesca Lynn Arnoldy. Copies of both books can be purchased online.
Does this course qualify for UVM employee tuition remission?
No. Non-credit courses do not currently qualify for tuition remission.
What is the payment policy for this program?
To reserve your seat, you have the option of paying in full by credit card, or by making a minimum payment of $500 at registration. Note that the balance must be paid two weeks prior to the start of this offering and you will receive email reminders if you have a balance due. We do not offer payment plans for this program.
How frequently is this course offered?
UVM offers the End of Life Doula Professional Certificate 5 times per year: twice in the spring semester, once in summer, and twice in the fall semester.
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 family.
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 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.
How will I be graded?
You will be assessed on your participation in the discussion boards, completion of assignments, and comprehension of the course material. In order to receive an electronic Certificate of Completion, students must receive a 70% or better in the course. Because this is a Non-Credit professional program, there is no transcript.
Is this program available for Continuing Education Units?
Yes, this program is eligible for 8 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 7 to 10 hours per week on assignments, readings, and discussions for each course.
Are there any live sessions?
No, this certificate is 100% asynchronous so you can fit the course around your schedule.
What is the weekly time commitment for the courses?
Students spend about 7 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.
What browser and computing device should I use for this course?
We recommend using a browser other than Internet Explorer with our Blackboard online learning system. Firefox, Google Chrome, or other browsers tend to work more effectively with Blackboard. It’s very important to note that Blackboard will only work with a desktop or laptop computer. It is not designed to be used with phones or tablets (e.g., iPads), so please make sure you have access to a desktop and/or laptop computer for the duration of the class.
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.
The structure of the course, instruction, variety of materials and assignments far exceeded my expectations. Each module provided a wealth of information, and the materials for further learning are such valuable resources. Students were challenged and supported in equal measure, which resulted in deep and rich learning experiences. I am inspired and motivated to build on this foundation as I further my studies and pursue this dream. As I reflected on the course syllabus in review, I found the goal to “heighten feelings of empowerment and self-efficacy” as so essential to the role of a compassionate doula. Not surprisingly, it seemed to be Francesca’s goal as our instructor to facilitate those feelings in her students as well. This field is as complex and challenging as it is rewarding, and it requires a very wide range of understanding and skill. I have learned so much, and have learned there is so much yet to learn. I am so thankful for this opportunity, and am thrilled to continue my preparation to serve.
-Sharon F., Aspiring Doula