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The Graduate Certificate in Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care

In concert with the Center for Hospice, Palliative and End-of-Life Care Studies at the University of South Florida, this certificate is designed to provide knowledge related to the care of patients and families facing advanced noncurable diseases. While this certificate is housed in the College of Nursing and the School of Aging Studies, the certificate is open to all graduate students and health care professionals working in or interested in the area of hospice and palliative care. All faculty who teach the certificate courses are affiliated with the Center and represent many different colleges and departments at USF, such as Nursing, Public Health, Aging Studies, Geriatric Medicine, Psychiatry and Social Work. Guest lectures are provided by expert clinicians in the field from agencies such as LifePath Hospice and The Hospice of Florida SunCoast. It should be noted that this certificate does not imply certification of clinical competency.

Required course:

Total program hours: 12 credit hours

  • GEY 5642 Perspectives on Death and Dying (3)

3 elective courses selected from the list below.

  • GEY 6206 Family Caregiving in Aging and Chronic Illness (3)
  • GEY 6326 Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training (3)
  • GEY 6643 End of Life Care for Dementia Patients (3)
  • NGR 6221 Oncology Nursing Concepts (3)
  • NGR 6691 Counseling for the Terminally Ill (3)
  • NGR 6931 Research Seminar in Palliative and Hospice Care (3)

Other courses available on campus may be taken with permission of the academic advisors. Advising will be provided by Dr. Susan McMillan (Nursing) and Dr. William Haley (Gerontology).

Only courses officially recognized by the program will be credited toward the Certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies