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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

palliative care program

  1. What is the palliative care program?
    The program prepares APN’s to deliver innovative nursing interventions and treat health conditions with the goal of improving the quality of life of patients with serious illness and their families.
  2. Can I pick a specialty within palliative care?
    Palliative care students choose a population-based concentration – adult, gerontological or community health nursing.
  3. What are the entry requirements?
    You can be admitted to the palliative care program as:
    i. (traditional master's student): If you have completed a BS in nursing
    ii. (master’s entry student): If you have a BS outside of nursing
    iii. (RN to master's): If you have an RN license with an associate's degree or diploma in nursing
    iv. (Post-Master’s Certificate Program): If you are an APN seeking specialization in palliative care.
  4. What is the course load?
    It is a 45 credit curriculum with 500 precepted hours.  It includes courses from graduate core curriculum, clinical core curriculum, specialty core curriculum. Palliative care courses will incorporate 3 main components:  theoretical concepts (3 theory classes – 9 credits), clinical foundation and clinical practicum.
  5. Can I study part-time?
    Yes – part time study requires that all theory courses be completed before clinical course study can begin. Full-time study requires 9 or more credits per semester.
  6. Is learning done on an individual basis or is there a lot of group involvement? i.e. I have a busy schedule; will I need to spend a lot of time coordinating with other students?
    There will be some minimal group projects.
  7. Where will our clinical placements be?
    Clinical experiences take place in symptom management clinics, home health and community agencies, long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals and hospice facilities.
  8. Is there a certification test at the end of the program?
    Graduates of the program are eligible to take the certification exam for Hospice and Palliative Advanced Practice Nurses offered by NBCHPN (National Board for Certification of Hospice & Palliative Nurses).
  9. When are the application deadlines?
    Application deadline and admissions information is available here.