Information On Palliative Care APRN Fellowships

Palliative APRN fellowships are one-year programs which include training and education. These fellowships will include the following:
  1. Orientation to palliative nursing and the history of palliative nursing and nursing leadership, which may be in collaboration with a palliative medicine fellowship
  2. Ongoing education and lectures, which may be taught be interprofessional colleagues
  3. Clinical experience mentored by an APRN who is ideally an ACHPN
  4. APRN role development, supervised by an APRN
  5. Project that includes a presentation, a quality initiative activity, and an article which includes a patient case study
  6. Research, which is optional but often a Quality Improvement Project

All current palliative care APRN fellowships occur within an academic setting, usually within a teaching hospital. Therefore, these fellowships primarily have the goal of developing APRN staff for a palliative care service rather than palliative APRN leaders in the field. While every attempt has been made to verify current information on the fellowships listed, programs may change application requirements and other details of their fellowship. This listing is current as of June 1, 2018. Of note, some programs chose not to pay the nominal fee for listing information.

For more information, clarification, queries, program updates, or to have your program listed here, please contact Kate Stackhouse, APRN Nurse Educator at HPNA at [email protected]

Program List 

Atrium Health

Charlotte, NC (est. 2016)

  • Length: 1-year
  • About: This post-graduate fellowship program is appropriate for new NP and PA graduates, as well as experienced APPs wishing to change discipline or career paths. 
  • Timeline: Program starts in April and October
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Carolinas Health System Palliative APRN Fellowship Program

Charlotte, NC (est. 2016)

  • www.carolinashealthcare.org/education/center-for-advanced-practice/fellowships
  • APRN Director: Rachel Snyder, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN
  • Number Per Year: 1
  • Application Requirements: Completion of an accredited nurse practitioner master's /doctorate degree. Program completion of national board exams, NC state licensure. Completion of CHS credentialing criteria. Successful completion of core curriculum.
  • Length: 1 Year
  • Population: Adult
  • Comments: Three months of palliative care core curriculum medical critical care or trauma intensive care, outpatient palliative medicine oncology/clinic, hospice (inpatient facility and home visits), elective month (pediatrics, palliative care at rural hospital, palliative care in a post-acute care environment (SNF), geriatric, ER consultations).

Emory Hospice & Palliative Advance Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship

Atlanta, GA

  • Goal: To train clinicians who will be leaders in palliative medicine clinical care, research/quality improvement, and education.
  • History: The physician fellowship was started in 2010 by Dr. Tammie Quest, a national leaders in palliative care education and research. 
  • Inaugural cohort set to launch July 2022. Courtney Cawthon will lead the fellowship. She is a trained and certified hospice and palliative care nurse practitioner with experience as the lead APP for the Emory Palliative Care Center. 
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Mayo Clinic Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Rochester MN

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, NY

  • About: The APP fellowship in hospice and palliative care equips nurse practitioners with the expertise needed to become leaders in palliative care. Fellows train side-by-side with physicians and physician assistants, and their respective programs.
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MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

New York, NY

  • About the company: MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care is one of the largest providers of community based hospice and palliative care in the region. The program director is Russell K. Portenoy, MD and the associate program director is Myra Glajchen, DSW. Faculty includes physicians in multiple specialties (internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, and pediatrics) and numerous others in nursing, social work, chaplaincy, pharmacy, psychology, and research. 
  • About the fellowship: Trainees will develop competencies in specialist-level palliative care in diverse models, including community-based and institution-based consultation services, and hospice in all venues and levels of care. In addition, fellows will gain experience in the application of evidence-based medicine techniques, quality improvement, and research. 
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Providence Hospital

Anchorage, AK (est. 2016)

  • APRN Director: Marianne Johnstone-Petty, MSN, APRN, ACHPN
  • Number Per Year: 1
  • Application Requirements: Applicants must hold a Master of Science in Nursing or higher degree. Must be a board-certified advanced practice registered nurse. At least one year of experience working as a nurse practitioner in a clinical setting is preferred.
  • Length: 1 Year
  • Population: Adult
  • Comments: Rotations, scholarly projects applications. 

Other Programs

Other Palliative Care APRN Fellowship Programs who have chosen not to be listed above.

Carolinas Health Care System
Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care
James J. Peters V.A. Medical Center
Massachusetts General Hospital