The Master of Science in Palliative Care degree and graduate certificates have been designed to meet the educational needs of individuals who are currently working in or who wish to work in hospice and palliative care. Students in this degree program will gain a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients and families affected by advanced illness.
The program will be of interest to a wide range of health care professionals, including but not limited to the following: physicians, pharmacists, thanatologists, nurses, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, administrators, counselors, bereavement specialists and volunteer coordinators.
Biomedical and Allied Health Professional tracks provide specialized content in addition to the program's core curriculum. Program courses are delivered in an interprofessional learning environment that mirrors the palliative care work setting. The program focuses on advancing clinical knowledge, developing clinical wisdom, building an evidence-based palliative care practice, enhancing communication skills and addressing physical, psychological, social and spiritual suffering.
The MSPC program is comprised of 36 credit hours, which students complete over a period of two (minimum) to seven (maximum) years from the time they begin the Master’s program. Coursework is primarily delivered in an online format. Master’s degree students attend three on-campus intensives and complete a capstone project.
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*To get this rate, students must submit an Out-of-State online-only application
The Palliative Care master's program consists of 36 credits of coursework designed to be completed in 24 months of continuous study. Students may choose flexible completion options, but note that courses are currently offered once per academic year. All students complete interdisciplinary coursework in palliative care core concepts, communications, teamwork and leadership, community integration, assessment of pain and non-pain symptoms, and diverse topics related to the psycho-social-spiritual-ethical dimensions of patient and family care. Core and track curricula focus on evidence-based practices in diverse palliative care settings.
The following specializations can be completed fully online:
Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at CU Denver is an affordable option with discounted tuition rates for non resident, fully online students. And of course, you will save money not having to drive to campus!
Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status.
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Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The MSPC program is comprised of 36 credit hours, which students complete over a period of two (minimum) to seven (maximum) years from the time they begin the Master’s program.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student, or an international student.
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The job outlook for palliative nurses and other nurse practitioners indicates a possible growth of 31% by the year 2022 according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a much faster than average growth for a position within the U.S. and shows plenty of possibilities for future occupations in this career path.