CHPN® 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 taking our Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)® 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 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 Date

  • TBA

Registration for the each individual date is available through the link on the title of each course date listing.  Dates subject to change. For the Annual Assembly, you may 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 nine modules. Each module has its own objectives, slide presentation with accompanying audio, posttest, and evaluation. You will have access to the course for three months. Nursing contact hours (CNE’s) are awarded for each module after completing it in its entirety.

Online Modules

  • Overview of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Care of the Family
  • Symptom Management (Parts 1, 2, and 3)
  • Pain Management (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Basic Opioid Conversion Calculations
  • Patterns of Disease Progression
  • Final Days
  • Professional Issues
  • Ethics

Each module refers to content in the Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Registered Nurse, 4th edition, (2015). Each module addresses sections of the test content from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center’s (HPCC) CHPN® 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 CHPN® 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 CHPN® 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 CHPN® 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

  • CHPN® 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.

Optional Materials

Required Materials

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 CHPN® Certification Review Courses offers continuing nursing education contact hours.

      • 7.5 contact hours are awarded upon the successful completion of the one-day program.
      • Contact hours are awarded upon the successful completion of all the modules of the self-paced online program.
      • Designated pharmacology hours are noted if applicable.

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

Overall Course Objectives

      • Discuss goals of care for the hospice and palliative patient and family
      • Discuss common symptoms occurring in palliative care
      • Discuss principles of effective pain management
      • Review patterns of disease progression
      • Identify professional issues related to hospice and palliative nursing
      • Review test taking techniques and development of a study plan

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

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