Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree 
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3306
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1199


The Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care provides students with a mind-body-spirit approach to end-of-life care. Graduates of the program develop mastery in providing compassionate spiritual care to patients and their families.

The use of Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) within the scope of end-of-life care provides practitioners the tools needed to treat the holistic spectrum of the patient and their family, while integrating an effective and efficient delivery of care. The program's curriculum focuses on evidenced-based complementary and integrative therapy approaches that can be integrated within the framework of conventional healthcare practice.

Features and Benefits:

  • This holistic program is driven by the principle of patient-centered care that provides compassionate and supportive integrative care to both the patient and their family.
  • Courses are taught by internationally recognized leaders in Complementary and Integrative Therapies and faculty trained in both conventional healthcare and integrative therapies.
  • Courses are offered wholly online in a highly dynamic learning format that engages students.

Admission Requirements:

  • 2.75 GPA or above on all previous coursework
  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in a health-related field from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • A completed application form
  • Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who hold licensure or a certificate: copy of license, eligibility for licensure, or certificate
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • International students will need to meet university international student admissions guidelines, including TOEFL Program Requirements.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
or NURS 539 Holistic Living for the Caregiver
CIT 621Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
or NURS 635 Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care
CIT 622Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
or NURS 639 Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care
CIT 623Multi-Cultural Perspectives3.0
or NURS 623 Multi-Cultural Perspectives
Total Credits12.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Ms. Amy Pelak Rothstein
Student Services Manager

Additional information is also available on the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care web page and the Drexel University Online Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care web page.

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