Graduate Program Listing

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE MASTER’S EDUCATION PROGRAMS updated July 2013

The schools listed offer a variety of programs. Please go to their site for additional information.
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Master’s And Doctoral Graduate Programs In Palliative Care
ORG.
CONTACT
ADMISSION REQs
FOCUS
PROGRAM REQS
TRACK
SPECIALITY
DEGREE
Boston College, Boston, MA, Est. 2006
Patricia Tabloski, PhD, RN
Admission in BC Master’s (MS) program, Admission in BC Master’s Entry Program
CNS or NP
MS students: 48 credit hours; Master’s entry students: 78 credit hours
Hospice and Palliative
Adult. Family and Pediatric NPs and CNSs
Master’s
California State University at San Marcos,Institute for Palliative Care, San Marcos, CA, Est. 2013
Caroline Boaz,MSN,RN, ACNS-BC
MSN from accredited institution, the computing skills necessary to complete graduate level work
CNS or NP
540 clinical hours and 22 online course units
Hospice and Palliative
Adult
Certificate in Palliative Care
Case Western University, Cleveland, OH, Est. 2008
Molly Jackson MSN,APRN,NP-C,ACHPN
BSN, min 1 year of nursing experience
CNS & NP
41 credit hours, 500 adult gerontology hours, and 220 palliative care and/or oncology hours
Hospice and Palliative
Adult, Gerontology, and Pediatric CNSs and NPs.
MSN
Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, NY, Est. 2003
Penelope R. Buschman, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Submit application for Master’s program according to the website. This will be in Adult-Gero, Family, Women’s Health, Pediatric, and Psychiatric population based programs. Maintain a 3.0GPA throughout.
NP
5 credits. 3 courses. 1st Course – Introduction (3 credits), 2nd Course – seminar (1 credit), and 3rd Course – Clinical (1 credit -60 hours)
Palliative
Open to all NPs within the 5 population based foci. Adult-Gerontology, Family, Pediatrics, Psychiatric, and Women’s Health.
Certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care Across the Lifespan
George Washington University, Washington, DC, Est. 2009
Beverly Lunsford, PhD, RN
ANP, AGNP, or FNP certificate
NP
14 credit hours
PCNP may be completed as part of DNP track
Adult
PCNP
Madonna University, Madonna, MI, Est. 2005
Deborah Dunn, EdD, SN, GNP-BC, ACNS-BC
BSN w/ 3.0 GPA.GRE. 2 letters of rec. Admission interview. Writing assessment.
NP
56-57 credit hours, gerontology primary care Nurse Practitioner, and gerontology acute care Nurse Practitioner competencies
Hospice and Palliative
Adult, Gerontology, and Acute
MSN
New York University, New York, NY, Est. 1998
Dorothy Wholihan, DNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC,
Master’s program requires BSN; Post-Master’s certificate requires Master’s in Nursing
NP
500 clinical hours in palliative care, 9 Master’s level additional specialty credits (3 classes) and 12 post-Master’s certificate credits (4 classes) Provides extensive didactic and clinical experience.
Not a specialized track; part of all programs
Adult and Pediatric
MS Adult- Gero, Family, Acute, Pediatric NP with Palliative Care specialty.
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, Est. 2008
Patti McDonough, MS
Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.00 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) hours.  RN License. Computer and Internet Access.
CNS or NP
9 credits. Three – 3 credit courses. Courses are online. Rolling Admission.
Hospice and Palliative Focus
Adult
Advanced Practice Palliative Care Nursing Certificate
University of Colorado, Denver, Denver, CO, Est. 2005
Paula Nelson Martin, PhD, RN, AOCN
BS in Nursing, min 1 year of clinical experience. APRNs preferred. Computer and Internet Access.
CNS
6 credits. Two -3 credit courses. 1st course – Summer on-site intensive. 2nd course – Fall online.
Hospice and Palliative Focus
Adult
Certificate in Palliative Care
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Est. 1993
Mary Ersek, PhD, RN
U Penn MSN program
Neither
3 credit hours- Three -1 credit courses: NURS557, NURS567, and 1 elective
Hospice and Palliative
Adult, Geriatric, and Pediatric
Palliative Care minor only
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, Est. 2010
Joyce Varner,DNP, MSN, GNP-C, GCNS
BSN to DNP – BSN or MSN in non- advanced practice area (education, administration) accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA. Current U.S. registered nurse licensure with no restrictions. DNP – MSN in advanced nursing (CNS, NP) practice from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA. Current U.S. registered nurse licensure with no restrictions.
Either CNS or NP; Potential entry points
BSN, MSN NP, MSN CNS, DNP. 4 Online Sequential Courses: 1st, 2nd, 3rdCourses – 2 credits. 4th Course -1 – 3 credits with 180 clinical hours.
Hospice and Palliative if BSN to DNP. Palliative alone with post MSN finishing with DNP.
Adult
BSN to DNP. Palliative subspecialty. Or Post-Master’s – Certificate in Palliative Care
Ursuline College, Pepper, OH, Est. 1997
Murray Mayo, PhD, RN
APN student, Master’s
CNS or NP
MSN: 5 sem., 3 courses. 1st course: 3 credits. 2nd course: 4 credits w/150 practicum hours. 3rd course: 2 credits.
Hospice and Palliative
Adult
MSN/ post-MSN
University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Marie Bakitas, DNSc, ANP-BC
PROGRAM SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO ENROLLMENT
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
Geoffrey Phillips-McEnany PhD, APRN, BC
PROGRAM SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO ENROLLMENT
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM ENDED, DUE TO FUNDING; NOW A GENERAL PEDIATRIC PROGRAM WITH PALLIATIVE CARE CONTENT IN SECTION ON CARE OF CHILDREN WITH LIFE-THREATENING AND COMPLEX CHRONIC ILLNESS.
Master’s And Doctoral Electives In Palliative Care
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CONTACT
ADMISSION REQs
FOCUS
PROGRAM REQS
TRACK
SPECIALITY
COMMENTS
Loyola, Chicago, IL
Marijo Letizia, PhD, APN/ANP-BC
See website for details regarding Oncology CNS program
CNS, NP
Master’s 2 credit Palliative Care course
Palliative
Adult
Required for Oncology CNS program. Available elective.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Kathryn Lindstrom, PhD, FNP-BC
2nd semester in NP degree program, OR entrance into DNP program assessment, with completion of pharmacology/ pathophysiology courses
NP
2 semesters of elective palliative care courses for MSN/NP and/or DNP students
Hospice and Palliative
Adult and Pediatric
Electives for all MSN/NP and DNP students. Not funded.
Daemon, Amherst, NY
Mary Lou Rusin, RN, EdD, ANEF
PROGRAM SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO CURRICULUM REVISION. (ANTICIPATE REOPENING IT AS AN ONLINE OPTION.)
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