Palliative Care Certificate

Beyond Hospice: An Advanced Education Model

The University of Colorado College of Nursing Palliative Care Certificate program has been educating end-of-life care providers as advanced generalists and specialists since 2005. It is recognized as a Palliative Care Certificate for graduate credit by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and as theory preparation for the advanced certified hospice and palliative care nurse (ACHPN) certification examinations.

The Palliative Care Certificate program will provide the learner new knowledge to enhance their skill set in administrating complex palliative care with a Caring Science foundation. Participants in this online intensive program will learn about advanced palliative care concepts, complex symptom management, and practical applications of palliative care programming in the acute, post-acute, and ambulatory settings.

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Program Objectives

  • To provide advanced education for palliative care
  • To advance knowledge, practice, and research in palliative care
  • To promote change in the clinical climate towards palliative care
  • ​To introduce a caring science framework into the practice of palliative care
  • To reach nurses and other health care professionals in both urban and rural settings in Colorado and beyond
  • To provide theory review for the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) certification exam (for advanced practice nurses)