ACHPN® Certification Review Course

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association supports nurses desiring to advance their professional development with specialty certification. To better serve these nurses, we now have two options for our Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN)® Certification Review Course, either by attending a one-day course or by taking the self-paced online course.

The courses are designed to assist with preparation for the hospice and palliative nurse certification exam by highlighting self-identifying topics that require further preparation and study in advance of sitting for the specialty certification examination. The educational content may also be used to increase the hospice and palliative nurse’s knowledge of general palliative nursing.

Disclosure:  Participation in an HPNA review course does not guarantee success in passing a certification test.

The one-day review course encompasses the fundamental concepts of palliative nursing. This course provides the participants with a framework in which to prepare for the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing exam, and will provide a review of the content areas base on the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) test content outline.

Upcoming Course Dates

  • Annual Assembly
    Wednesday, March 13, 2018. Boston, MA, as a preconference before the Annual Assembly, March 14-17, 2018.

Registration for the each individual date is available through the specific link on the event name. For the Annual Assembly, you will need to create an account on the event website, which can be done at no cost.

The online review course is a self-paced course that includes seven modules. Each module has its own objectives, slide presentation with accompanying audio, post-module test, and evaluation. You will have access to the course for three months. When you have completed all of the modules, your course credit CNE certificate will be provided.

Online Modules

  • Clinical Judgement
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Education and Communication
  • Systems Based Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice, Quality Improvement, and Research
  • The ACHPN Examination – Overview, Test Talking Strategies, and Application

Each module refers to content in the Core Curriculum for the Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse, 2nd edition (2014). Each module addresses sections of the test content from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center’s (HPCC) ACHPN® Candidate Handbook.

Registration (one-day courses)

Registration for the one-day courses are available through the conference registration information for that particular conference. Go to the “One-Day Course Content and Dates” tab on this page, or in the box on the right side of this page.

Registration (online)

Register for the online ACHPN® Certification Review Course here.  Upon purchasing the course, you will be registered for three months of access. You will receive an email with the course link to gain access to the course. Please be sure to complete the course and print your certificate before the course expires.

Online Course Reminders

      • The ACHPN® Certification Review Course is a self-paced online course for individual use
      • Course access is 3 months (select designated months when registering)
      • When registering for a future designated course timeframe, you will receive an email with the information and link to the course material when the timeframe you select starts
      • When registering for a designated course timeframe that is already in progress, you will receive an email with information and a link to the course material within 3 business days
      • Have your Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse, 4th edition (2015), with you as it is referred to in the modules.
      • Download the ACHPN® Candidate Handbook
      • Participation in a review course does not guarantee successful completion of a certification exam
      • Need help or have questions? Send an e-mail to

Required Materials

  • ACHPN® Candidate Handbook – download free from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center website. All information regarding the hospice and palliative registered nurse examination, testing policies, procedures, and an application form can be found in this candidate handbook.

Course Fees

One-day Course

  • Prices available on conference websites

Online Course

  • HPNA member – $165.00
  • Non-member – $265.00

HPNA Membership Information

Contact Hours Awarded

The ACHPN® Certification Review Courses offers continuing nursing education contact hours.

      • 7.5 CNE credit hours are awarded upon the successful completion of the one-day program.
      • CNE credit hours are awarded upon the successful completion of all the modules of the self-paced online program.
      • Designated pharmacology hours will be noted.

HPNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Overall Course Objectives

      • Provide participants with a framework in which to prepare for the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing (ACHPN) examination.
      • Provide participants with a process to assess individualized core content strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the ACHPN examination.

Module Course Objectives

Utilizing the nursing process, the participant shall apply, analyze, and evaluate the following:

      • A comprehensive multi-dimensional (physical, emotional, social, cultural, and spiritual) approach to the assessment of patients and families living with serious illness.
      • The pathophysiology, illness trajectory from diagnosis to end-of-life, and therapies for common diagnoses in palliative care.
      • The management of physical and psychological symptoms associated with serious illness and advanced illness using pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.
      • Research, evidence based practice, and expected outcomes in hospice and palliative care.
      • The application of ethical principles.
      • Adult learning principles to provide patient, family, and staff education.
      • The integration of communication principles and professionalism into practice.
      • The importance of resource allocation and team care models to assure sage transitions across the continuum of care.

For more information, please contact the HPNA education department at 412-282-8205 or by email at


Register below for the live one-day review course

  • Annual Assembly 
    Wednesday, March 13, 2018 – Boston, MA (before the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care)

Register here for the online ACHPN® Certification Review Course.

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