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Graduate Certificate in Palliative & End-of-Life Nursing Care

Closed as of May 2013

Coordinator: Betty Morgan, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, 978-934-4462, e-mail:


Palliative and end-of-life nursing care is evolving in response to individual, professional, and societal needs related to the experience of life-limiting, progressive illness.  This certificate is for the post-baccalaureate nurse who wants to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the evidence-based assessment and nursing care of individuals and families across the lifespan in need of palliative and end-of-life care.  Instruction will focus on assessment and communication at end-of-life, symptom management, pharmacology, pathophysiology, cultural and spiritual sensitivity, principles of hospice and palliative care, and ethical, legal, regulatory and policy issues surrounding care and its reimbursement, all with the goal of enhancing quality of life.   Students who complete this certificate are encouraged to apply for advanced practice role preparation as an Adult Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner through the University of Massachusetts Lowell Master's Program in Nursing.  Courses with grade of B or higher may be transferable to the Master's Degree in Nursing Program.

Please see the UMass Lowell online graduate catalog for a Sample Course of Study.