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Advanced Practice Palliative Care Nursing Graduate Certificate

Provide compassionate care

Learn how to provide comprehensive physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual care to terminally ill patients and their families as an advanced practice nurse. 

This online 12-credit certificate begins in the summer semester and can be taken as a standalone graduate certificate with four courses or concurrently with one of our MSN or DNP nurse practitioner tracks.

Coursework will train you to become specialists and leaders in disease modifying care, pain and symptom management, with attention to highest quality of life possible and providing compassionate end-of-life care. Clinical hours can be used toward required hours for the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN) certification exam.

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Program Information


Students must obtain approval from the Program Director prior to admission. Contact Dr. Ellen Farrell at

Admissions Requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing (APRN or CNS role) from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • or current enrollment or acceptance into a GW Nursing MSN or DNP nurse practitioner track
  • Current RN license

Program of Study

The 12-credit graduate certificate begins in the summer and consists of four online courses across four semesters. 

Program of study (part-time)

Clinical Requirements

150 hours at an approved clinical site.

On-Campus Requirements


Cost and Aid

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees. 

This program does not qualify for Title IV funding.

For important information regarding educational debt, earnings and completion rates of this certificate, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.