GW SON Top-Ranked

GW SON continues to be ranked among the top 50 schools of nursing. GW is in the top 11% of ranked graduate nursing schools. 

US News & World Report also ranks our online MSN #9 out of more than 130 programs nationwide.  This top ranking reflects the quality of our student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer recognitions, and admissions selectivity.

Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: Palliative Care Specialty for Nurse Practitioners


The School of Nursing Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: Palliative Care Specialty for Nurse Practitioners prepares nurses to transform our health care system so that it is more responsive to the needs of older adults with chronic illness and their families. These individuals are not well-served by our health care system, which is designed for episodal, rather than supportive, care for individuals who will live many years with their disease(s). The palliative care option will train nurses to become specialists and leaders in disease modifying care, pain and symptom management, attention to highest quality of life possible, and compassionate end-of-life care.

This path can be completed in just three semesters. The versatile distance-based format allows professional nurses to advance their education while working full-time, but also provides students with a rigorous curriculum and access to the resources and experts at GW. Simultaneous clinical experiences during the third and fourth courses will provide some, or all of the clinical experience required to be eligible for taking the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurse’s credentialing exam as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner.

Specialty in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

The specialty in palliative and end-of-life care is a scholarly option to prepare nurses or other health care professionals with a didactic background in palliative care. Upon completion of 11 credits of online core courses and an elective course, students will receive a document designating a specialty in palliative and end-of-life care.

Completion of this certificate makes the graduate eligible for national credentialing as a palliative care nurse practitioner, which requires a master's degree in nursing, a minimum of 9 hours in palliative care nursing courses and 500 clinical hours clinical practice at the advanced level in palliative care nursing. Only 200 clinical hours are required in the palliative care nursing academic programs and the other 300 may be obtained in an appropriate clinical experience.

Contact Information for Post-Graduate APRN Certificate: PCNP

School of Nursing
The George Washington University
2030 M Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 994-7901
Fax: (202) 994-2777

For additional information regarding the Gainful Employment Disclosure of our Certificate programs, please view each of the following:
Family Nurse Practitioner
Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 
Palliative Care Specialty for Nurse Practitioners