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HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE MASTER’S EDUCATION PROGRAMS  updated July 2013

 

The schools listed offer a variety of programs.  Please go to their site for additional information.

Disclaimer:  The listing of a school of nursing on this site does not indicate endorsement by the HPNA.         download pdf version

 

 

MASTER'S and DOCTORAL GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN PALLIATIVE CARE

ORG.

CONTACT

ADMISSION REQs

FOCUS

PROGRAM REQS

TRACK

SPECIALITY

DEGREE

COMMENTS

Boston College

 

Boston, MA

 

Est. 2006

Patricia Tabloski, PhD, RN

 

Admission in BC Master's (MS) program,

Admission in BC Master's Entry Program

 

CNS or NP

MS students: 48 credit hours

Master's entry students: 78 credit hours

Hospice and Palliative

Adult. Family and Pediatric NPs and CNSs

Master's

 

California State University at San Marcos, Institute for Palliative Care

 

San Marcos, CA

 

Est. 2013

 

Caroline Boaz, MSN,RN, ACNS-BC

MSN from accredited institution, the computing skills necessary to complete graduate level work

CNS or NP

540 clinical hours and 22 online course units

Hospice and Palliative

Adult

Certificate in Palliative Care

 

Case Western University

 

Cleveland, OH

 

Est. 2008

Molly Jackson MSN,APRN,NP-C,ACHPN

BSN, min 1 year of nursing experience

CNS & NP

41 credit hours, 500 adult gerontology hours, and 220 palliative care and/or oncology hours

Hospice and Palliative

Adult, Gerontology, and Pediatric CNSs and NPs.

MSN

 

Columbia University School of Nursing

New York, NY

 

Est. 2003

Penelope R. Buschman,  MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Submit application for Master’s program according to the website.  This will be in Adult-Gero, Family, Women’s Health, Pediatric, and Psychiatric population based programs.

 

Maintain a 3.0GPA throughout.

 

NP

5 credits.

3 courses.

1st Course - Introduction (3 credits)

2nd Course - seminar (1 credit), and

3rd Course - Clinical (1 credit -60 hours)

 

Palliative

Open to all NPs within the 5 population based foci.

Adult-Gerontology, Family, Pediatrics, Psychiatric, and Women’s Health.

Certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care Across the Lifespan

The 3 courses can be completed in a spring semester.

George Washington University

 

Washington, D.C.

 

Est. 2009

 

Beverly Lunsford, PhD, RN

ANP, AGNP, or FNP certificate

NP

14 credit hours

PCNP may be completed as part of DNP track

Adult

PCNP

Online.

Completed in 3 semesters.

Madonna University

Madonna, MI

 

Est. 2005

Deborah Dunn, EdD, SN, GNP-BC, ACNS-BC

BSN w/ 3.0 GPA. GRE. 2 letters of rec. Admission interview. Writing assessment.

NP

56-57 credit hours, gerontology primary care Nurse Practitioner, and gerontology acute care Nurse Practitioner competencies

Hospice and Palliative

Adult, Gerontology, and Acute

MSN

MSN, Adult-Gerontology Care NP with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care specialty

New York University

 

New York, NY

 

Est. 1998

Dorothy Wholihan, DNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC,

Master's program requires BSN; Post-Master's certificate requires Master's in Nursing

NP

500 clinical hours in palliative care, 9 Master's level additional specialty credits (3 classes) and 12 post-Master's certificate credits (4 classes) Provides extensive didactic and clinical experience. 

Not a specialized track; part of all programs

Adult and Pediatric

MS Adult- Gero, Family, Acute, Pediatric NP with Palliative Care specialty.

Graduates immediately eligible to sit for national certification

University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Chicago, IL

 

Est. 2008

Patti McDonough, MS

Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.00 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) hours.  RN License.

Computer and Internet Access.

 

CNS or NP

9 credits.

Three – 3 credit courses. Courses are online. Rolling Admission.

Hospice and Palliative Focus

Adult

Advanced Practice Palliative Care Nursing Certificate

Online. Completed in 2-3 semesters.

Students begin the program every other fall in odd years.

University of Colorado, Denver

 

Denver, CO

 

Est. 2005

 

Enrollment Information

 

Paula Nelson Martin, PhD, RN, AOCN

BS in Nursing, min 1 year of clinical experience;

APRNs preferred.

Computer and Internet Access.

CNS

6 credits.

Two -3 credit courses.

1st course – Summer on-site intensive

2nd course – Fall online

Hospice and Palliative Focus

Adult

Certificate in Palliative Care

Offered once annually.

 

University of Pennsylvania

 

Philadelphia, PA

 

Est. 1993

 

Mary Ersek, PhD, RN

U Penn MSN program

 

Neither

3 credit hours- Three -1 credit courses:

NURS557, NURS567, and 1 elective

Hospice and Palliative

Adult, Geriatric, and Pediatric

Palliative Care minor only

No online option

 

 

University of South Alabama

 

Mobile, AL

 

Est. 2010

 

Palliative Care

 

Adult Gerontology Primary Care

Joyce Varner, DNP, MSN, GNP-C, GCNS

 

BSN to DNP – BSN or MSN in non- advanced practice area (education, administration) accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA. Current U.S. registered nurse licensure with no restrictions.

DNP - MSN in advanced nursing (CNS, NP) practice from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA. Current U.S. registered nurse licensure with no restrictions.

 

Either CNS or NP

Potential entry points

 

BSN

MSN NP

MSN CNS

DNP

4 Online Sequential Courses:

1st, 2nd, 3rd Courses – 2 credits

4th Course -1 – 3 credits with 180 clinical hours.

 

 

Hospice and Palliative if BSN to DNP.

 

Palliative alone with post MSN finishing with DNP

Adult

BSN to DNP

Palliative subspecialty

 

 

Or Post-Master’s –

Certificate in Palliative Care

 

 

 

BSN to DNP– Upon graduation, eligible for 

Adult-Gero NP and Advanced  Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Examination.

 

Post Master’s - Upon graduation, eligible, for the Advanced  Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse Examination

Ursuline College

 

Pepper, OH

 

Est. 1997

Murray Mayo, PhD, RN

APN student, Master's

CNS or NP

MSN: 5 sem., 3 courses.

1st course: 3 credits.

2nd course: 4 credits w/150 practicum hours. 3rd course: 2 credits.

Hospice and Palliative

Adult

MSN/ post-MSN

MSN - on site

Post-MSN - online for NP and CNS

30 students

 

University of Alabama

 

Birmingham, AL

 

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, ANP-BC

 

PROGRAM SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO ENROLLMENT

 

 

University of Massachusetts Lowell

 

Lowell, MA

 

Geoffrey Phillips-McEnany PhD, APRN, BC

 

PROGRAM SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO ENROLLMENT

University of California, San Francisco

 

San Francisco, CA

 

 

PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM ENDED, DUE TO FUNDING.

NOW A GENERAL PEDIATRIC PROGRAM WITH PALLIATIVE CARE CONTENT IN SECTION ON CARE OF CHILDREN WITH LIFE-THREATENING AND COMPLEX CHRONIC ILLNESS.

 

          

MASTER'S and DOCTORAL ELECTIVES IN PALLIATIVE CARE

ORG.

CONTACT

ADMISSION REQs

FOCUS

PROGRAM REQS

TRACK

SPECIALITY

COMMENTS

Loyola

 

Chicago Il

Marijo Letizia, PhD, APN/ANP-BC

See website for details regarding Oncology CNS program

CNS

NP

Master's 2 credit Palliative Care course

Palliative

Adult

Required for Oncology CNS program. Available elective.

Vanderbilt University

 

Nashville, TN

 

Kathryn Lindstrom, PhD, FNP-BC

2nd semester in NP degree program, OR entrance into DNP program assessment, with completion of pharmacology/ pathophysiology courses

NP

2 semesters of elective palliative care courses for MSN/NP and/or DNP students

Hospice and Palliative

Adult and Pediatric

Electives for all MSN/NP and DNP students

 

Not funded

 

Daemon

 

Amherst, NY

 

Mary Lou Rusin, RN, EdD, ANEF

 

PROGRAM SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO CURRICULUM REVISION.

(ANTICIPATE REOPENING IT AS AN ONLINE OPTION.)