Hospice and Palliative Care (Certificate)

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Prepare yourself to meet the needs of our growing elderly population. Develop skills and competencies in providing necessary care and expand your opportunities for employment upon graduation.

The certificate program in hospice and palliative care provides future health and health care workers with the skills and competencies they need to lead and manage chronic and end-of-life care through a variety of settings, including home health care.

Students learn from interprofessional instructors who are involved in hospice and palliative care as physicians, social workers, nurses and bereavement counselors and who work with children and adults as well as meet with palliative care and hospice patients. Students receive specialized instruction on dementia and Alzheimer's disease and learn about how these contemporary issues are burdening our health care system under its current structure.

In addition, students have the opportunity to shadow health professionals and learn about their roles through field experience. Students finish their program of study by completing an internship at Hospice of the Valley, affording them the opportunity to help provide non-clinical care needs to patients and their families.

At A Glance

Hospice and Palliative Care (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Notes: Directed by Dr. Gillian Hamilton at Hospice of the Valley. A minimum ASU cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required to enroll.
Elective Courses -- 6 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

This undergraduate certificate provides students with an in-depth experience in the health care setting and specialized training in hospice and palliative care. Students who wish to continue on to medical school and professional school, including dental school, pharmacy school and optometry school, can use this certificate as an additional credential with their degree in the application process.

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