Hospice and Palliative Care Certificate Program

Hospice as a health care speciality involves the treatment of seriously ill patients. This program is for allied health care professionals who want to specialize in hospice care, and is also suited for rehabilitation professionals, medical assistants, nurses and nursing assistants, social workers, clergy members, and more.

Quick Facts About the Program


The Hospice and Palliative Care Certificate program provides learners  with the knowledge and skills needed in providing  health care for those who are experiencing severe illness or those who are at the end of their lives. Such care requires a compassionate, loyal, motivated caregiver with an interest in serving the community. Hospice is a healthcare specialty that involves the treatment of some of the most seriously ill patients. This Hospice and Palliative Care Certificate Program is perfect for allied healthcare professionals who want to specialize in this extremely important and vital service. It is also perfect for nurses, rehabilitation professionals, medical assistants, nursing assistants, pharmacists, social workers, and clergy members.


Upon successful completion of the Hospice and Palliative Care Certificate program, learners should be able to demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Understanding the key elements of palliative care and hospice care. 
  • Performing discipline-specific assessments and participating in clinical decision-making.
  • Managing pain and other symptoms associated with severe illness and life-limiting illness.
  • Exploring the complex ethical controversies associated with the hospice patient.
  • Identifying the psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual needs of palliative and hospice patients.
  • Possessing an understanding of bereavement and coping processes.
  • Identifying the signs of burnout and understanding how to avoid compassion fatigue.


  • Key Elements, Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making
  • Managing Pain and Other Symptoms
  • Specific Disease Processes
  • Psychosocial, Cultural and Spiritual Issues
  • Family & the Care Team
  • Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  • Certification Preparation (Optional for RNs, LPNs, and nursing assistants)
Note: The certification examination is not included in this certificate program. Learners can pursue such certification independently should they desire to do so.

The Hospice and Palliative Care Program is 8 weeks long and offers starts 4 times a year. The program is offered in an online format.

Learn more and enroll in the next program start on our enrollment page.

The program cost is $1,995. For payment options, please visit our financial assistance page.

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