Palliative Care


The interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care is jointly offered through the UW Schools of Nursing and Medicine and is co-sponsored by the Cambia Palliative Center of Excellence. It is designed for health care providers from nursing, medicine, social work, spiritual care and other disciplines seeking to deliver high quality, integrated, person-centered palliative care.

The target audience includes clinicians providing specialty palliative care (for example, consult services) or primary palliative care for patients with serious illness. Members of a current team applying together will receive priority for admission, but all eligible clinicians are welcome.

This curriculum uses several teaching modalities, including weekly interactive distance learning, online modules, peer and faculty mentoring with world-renowned expert faculty, and quarterly in-person workshops. The modalities support participants in developing their expertise in three key areas of palliative care practice: person-centered communication, interprofessional team training, and program sustainability in their palliative care practice. In addition, the certificate includes VitalTalk® training, which is a highly regarded national model for expert serious illness communication skills.


This graduate certificate is jointly offered through the UW Schools of Nursing and Medicine. It is a nine-month graduate certificate and includes three, five-credit courses taken sequentially in the Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters.

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Join us in supporting the hard working students dedicated to careers in Palliative Care. The Palliative Care Graduate Certificate Scholarship is available to all graduate students enrolled in the certificate program. Your gift can help provide these students with tuition and educational support.

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