CHPPN® 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 have created a new Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN)® Certification Review Course, available as a self-paced online course.

The course is designed to assist with preparation for the hospice and palliative pediatric 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 pediatric palliative nursing.

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

The online review course is a self-paced course that includes nine 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

  • Life Threatening Conditions in Children
  • Pain Management
  • Symptom Management
  • Treatment and Procedures
  • Family Centered Care
  • Education and Advocacy
  • Care at End of Life
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Professional Issues

Each module refers to content in the Core Curriculum for the Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Nurse, 2nd edition (2017). Each module addresses sections of the test content from the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center’s (HPCC) CHPPN® Candidate Handbook.

Registration (online)

Register here for the online CHPPN® Certification Review Course.  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 CHPPN® 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 Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Nurse, 2nd edition (2017), with you as it is referred to in the modules.
      • Download the CHPPN® 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

  • CHPPN® 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

Online Course

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

HPNA Membership Information

Contact Hours Awarded

The CHPPN® Certification Review Course offers continuing nursing education contact hours.

      • 14 CNE credit hours are awarded upon the successful completion of the course.
      • 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 Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN®) examination.
      • Provide participants with a process to assess individualized core content strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the CHPPN® 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.
      • Principles used in family centered care.
      • Education and advocacy in working with pediatric patients and families.
      • Critical aspects of care at the end of life.
      • Issues related to grief and bereavement.
      • The integration of communication principles and professionalism into practice.

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

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