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: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

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

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back in summer 2023 for an update

About the Program

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.

American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, Inc. has endorsed Drexel University's Complementary and Integrative Health Master's and Certificate programs, which allows graduates of these programs to sit for the nationally accredited board certification in holistic nursing.

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
  • 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 or curriculum vitae
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
  • 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 following:
    • 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 622 Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care
CIT 623Cultural Perspectives in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
or NURS 623 Cultural Perspectives in Hospice and Palliative Care
Total Credits12.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
CIT 503 or NURS 5393.0CIT 621 or NURS 6353.0CIT 622 or NURS 6223.0CIT 623 or NURS 6233.0
 3 3 3 3
Total Credits 12
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