Graduate certificate applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the following dates:

  • May 1 (priority deadline)
  • July 15

Eligibility to apply

You must meet one of the following criteria to apply:

  • Domestic applicants with either a bachelor or graduate degree who wish to complete the graduate certificate as a stand-alone program
  • Current University of Washington graduate students may complete the graduate certificate in Palliative Care concurrently with their graduate degree
  • International applicants who have a previous graduate degree (to complete the program as stand-alone) OR are concurrently enrolled in a University of Washington graduate degree program

How to apply

Palliative Care Graduate Certificate applicants will apply via the online UW Grad School application based on the criteria below:

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree

If you are applying to the graduate certificate program as a stand-alone program, please select: Graduate Non-Matriculated > M of Nursing-Seattle Campus > Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care (even if you are are applying to Portland or Boise/Tri-Cities campus)

Applicants with a post-baccalaureate/graduate degree; international applicants

If you have earned a post-baccalaureate/graduate degree or are applying as an international applicant, please select: “Nursing – Grad Cert Prog – Adv Prac Nurse (Palliative Care)”

Current UW PhD or DNP students

If you are a current UW PhD in Nursing Science or Doctor of Nursing Practice student, please submit:

  1. A “Goal Statement” as your letter of intent describing why you are interested in obtaining the Palliative Care Graduate Certificate and how you will use this training to inform or enhance your DNP career, and
  2. An academic recommendation, such as one from a class instructor, academic advisor, or supervisory committee chair, who can speak to your interest in and ability to complete this graduate certificate program to A full application is not required.

Application requirements

We do not require the GRE for any of our graduate program applications.
  • Palliative Care application instructions
  • Online certificate program application
  • Current resume
  • Goal statement (refer to the online application or instructions for the prompts)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Recommenders will receive an email prompting them to submit online recommendations for you. You should choose someone you have had contact with during the last five years, and who can speak to your interest in and ability to complete this graduate certificate program. Choose two from the following options:
      • Clinical recommendation from current clinical supervisor
      • Clinical recommendation from a peer or previous supervisor
      • Academic recommendation, such as one from a clinical or class instructor, or preceptor
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
    • Foreign transcripts must include translated evaluations
    • You do not need to include a foreign transcript if you attended a foreign university through a study abroad program and the credits appear on your school’s transcript

Additional requirements for international applicants

International applicants applying to complete the graduate certificate as a stand-alone program must also submit:

  • Proof of English proficiency, if appropriate
  • Official translated evaluations for each non-U.S. post-secondary school attended