Certification Review Courses

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association supports nurses desiring to advance their professional development with specialty certification. To better serve these nurses, we offer three self-paced online certification review courses, for the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN), Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN), and the Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN).

Each course is 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. Modules refer to content from their respective core curriculums, and each module addresses sections of the test content from the respective Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center's candidate handbook.  

Participation in an HPNA review course does not guarantee success in passing a certification test. For additional information, please contact the HPNA education department at 412-282-8205 or by email at CEProgramPlanning@hpna.org.  On-Site Review Courses are also available through HPNA's Employer Partner ProgramLearn more about hosting an on-site course 

Online Course Content

These self-paced online internet enduring certification review courses include individual modules with accompanying slide presentations and associated PDF handouts, faculty supported audio, and post-course attestation and evaluation. You will have access to the course for three months. When you have completed each of the modules, your course CNE certificate will be provided following your online attestation of completion and submission of the course evaluation. These courses are valid through December 31, 2020. 

ACHPN Certification Review Course
(Seven 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 

CHPN Certification Review Course (Eight Modules)

  • Overview, Test Taking Strategies, and Application
  • Patient Care: Life-Limiting Conditions in Adult Patients
  • Patterns of Disease Progression
  • Pain Management 
  • Basics of Opioid Conversion 
  • Symptom Management
  • Patient and Family Care, Education, and Advocacy
  • Practice Issues  

CHPPN Certification Review Course
(Nine 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 


Register for each certification review course below. 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.

ACHPN® Registration           CHPN® Registration          CHPPN® Registration

Online Course Reminders

  • Each certification review course is a self-paced online course for individual use.
  • Course access is 3 months (course access begins upon registration).
  • If you are purchasing a course from HPNA for the second time, please send an email to CEProgramPlanning@hpna.org so we can activate your next learning module.
  • Download your 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 CEProgramPlanning@hpna.org 

Recommended Materials

ACHPN Certification Review Courses
CHPN Certification Review Courses
CHPPN Certification Review Courses 

Course Fees

Each Certification Review Course is $265 ($165 for HPNA members)

Contact Hours Awarded

All three online certification review courses offer nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours and designated pharmacology hours as noted below. These are awarded upon the successful completion of all the modules of the self-paced online program.
  • 8.75 NCPD credit hours and 4.0 designated pharmacy hours awarded for the ACHPN course
  • 8.75 NCPD credit hours and 4.0 designated pharmacy hours awarded for the CHPN course
  • 14.0 NCPD credit hours and 7.0 designated pharmacy hours awarded for the CHPPN course
The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation Provider number P0284.

Return Policy

HPNA wants you to be satisfied with your purchase. If you find that a purchased online certification review course does not meet your training needs, you may request a full refund within 30 days from your date of purchase, as long as no more than one module has been completed. No CE certificates will be awarded for partial completion. Please contact the HPNA Education Department for cancellation at education@hpna.org. All cancellation requests must be received in writing through education@hpna.org.