2024-2025 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Official Certificate Program in Nursing Hospice & Palliative Care, Advanced

The Certificate of Hospice and Palliative Care is a component of the MSN program in Hospice and Palliative Care.  This certificate will provide 12 credits of nursing courses to enhance the knowledge base of graduate level advanced practice prepared nurses (APRNs) who deliver direct care, participate on interdisciplinary care teams, and/or have oversight of the care delivered by direct care nurses/teams for end-of-life and palliative care patients and their support person(s). 


Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (BSN in Nursing preferred) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and have their RN license. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

Applicants who do not meet regular admissions standards but have an undergraduate GPA between 2.50 and 2.69 may be considered for conditional admission.


The Application Process:

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Recruitment & Admissions Office:

  1. Online graduate application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions where undergraduate and graduate work has been done
  4. A narrative statement describing the applicant's professional goals, as well as any educational or professional experiences that may assist the department's admission committee in reviewing the application
  5. Contact information for two references, one from an academic/professional source and one from a nursing employer who can specify length of time and direct responsibilities of the applicant in an RN nursing position.
  6. Applicant must have a grade of C+ or higher in and undergraduate statistics course.

Instructions for submitting the narrative and references can be found within the online graduate application.


Application deadline for the fall term is August 1.


Certificate Requirements (12 credits)

Required Course (3 credits)

NRSE 501Theory of Hospice & Palliative Care


Directed Electives (9 credits from the courses listed below)

NRSE 502Global Policy and Ethical Issues in Hospice & Palliative Care


NRSE 503Nursing Leadership, Management, and Inter-Professional Collaboration


NRSE 504Emerging Best Practices and Research in Hospice & Palliative Care


NRSE 505Comparative Domestic Delivery Systems and Informatics


Total Credit Hours: 12