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Graduate Degree Programs

Primary Palliative Care

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Lisa Kitko
307 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-2228

The Penn State College of Nursing offers a Graduate Certificate in Primary Palliative Care program. The primary goal of the program is to prepare individuals with a Bachelor’s or higher degree in Nursing or a related health discipline in the principles and practice of primary palliative care. The curriculum includes 6 credits (two 3 credit courses) of didactic content in primary palliative care and interdisciplinary management of advanced serious illness and one 3 credit course of the
interdisciplinary practice of the palliative care role. The practicum course involves the application of knowledge acquired in previously completed courses related to primary palliative care. The practicum will build upon and extend students’ previous experiences and fulfill mutually agreed-upon objectives based on the student’s identified learning needs. All courses will be delivered using distance technology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Official
transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended are required.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or higher degree in nursing or a related health discipline from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts must accompany the application.

Prior to an applicant's admission, transcripts are evaluated by the program coordinator to ascertain the applicant's potential for successful completion of the core courses. A recommendation regarding admission is discussed with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research prior to making an offer of admission to this certificate program.


NURS 824(3), NURS 825(3), NURS 826(3)

EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall Semester 2017
EXPIRATION DATE: Spring Semester 2022


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