What is the ACP Certificate Program?

This on-demand, virtual, professional development program is designed to increase your competence and confidence facilitating conversations about ACP

  • Participants study at their own time and pace

  • Includes 8 easy-to access, 10-minute video modules

  • Access to a library of patient and family education videos to prepare patients and their decision-makers for advance care planning meetings

  • Upon completion of the ACP Certificate Program, individuals receive a personalized certificate of completion

Who Should Take this Course?

The ACP Certificate Program is designed for health professionals who will have the advance care planning conversation with patients.

  • Physicians, Physician Assistants

  • Advance Practice Nurses, Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants

  • Social Workers

  • Case Workers

  • Any individual who may work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes or private practices that leads a care plan meeting or an advance care planning discussion

  • "With support from the NJ Department of Health, we offered this program to several facilities as part of our Hospital LTC Resiliency Grant and staff response was overwhelmingly positive.” —Brian G., NJ DOH Hospital LTC Resiliency Grant Recipient

  • “The Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey is a dependable resource and partner for our team. We value their guidance and have seen the positive impact it has made.” –Joseph W., Senior VP, Long-Term Care

  • “We are committed to staff development and the ACP Certificate Program helped our staff ‘speak the same language’ about advance care planning.” –Karine S., MSN RN

ACP Certificate Program in Clinical Practice

  • 97% of users rate the ACP Certificate Program as Excellent or Very Good

  • 97% of users would recommend the ACP Certificate Program

How Does it Help Healthcare Providers and Patients?

  • Increases understanding and value of ACP

  • Explains the differences between palliative and hospice care and when these services can be used

  • Addresses cultural, psychosocial and spiritual issues

  • Explains the differences between advance directives and POLST

  • Defines the role that POLST plays in end-of-life care

  • Improves HCPs ability to effectively use POLST to document patient wishes

How Does it Help Healthcare Systems?

  • Increases the number of HCPs who can participate in and bill for ACP

  • Fulfills NJDOH requirement for annual training mandated for professional and administrative staff who work in assisted living facilities, dementia care homes, nursing homes, comprehensive personal care homes, residential health care facilities and hospitals

  • Fulfills NJDOH requirement that patients and family members be provided with educational resources on ACP, palliative care and POLST

Advance Care Planning Certificate Program

Build skills required for effective discussions and documentation of ACP