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The Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care program is open to both domestic and international applicants and can be done as a stand-alone program or concurrent with the completion of a University of Washington graduate degree.

The program is intended for practitioners in appropriate fields (e.g., physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, etc.) who incorporate or are interested in incorporating palliative care in their practice.

Eligibility 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

Deadlines

To begin study the following autumn:

  • May 1 at 11:59 p.m. (priority deadline)
  • August 1 at 11:59 p.m.

How to apply

All Palliative Care Graduate Certificate applicants will apply online via the UW Graduate School website.  You will apply using one of 2 different applications:

  • Domestic (non-international) applicants wishing to do Graduate Certificate as a stand-alone program: If you are a practitioner in an appropriate field (e.g., physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, etc.) with either a bachelor or graduate degree you should submit a Graduate Non-Matriculated GNM application through the M of Nursing application.
  • Current UW students, including international students, wishing to add the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care to complete concurrently with the graduate degree: You must apply using the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Palliative Care application.
  • International applicants: You are required to have a graduate degree and must apply using the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Palliative Care application.

All applicants will pay an application fee to the UW Graduate School at the time of application submission.

Application Requirements

Download our Palliative Care graduate certificate application instructions and review which application you should use to apply.

When applying via the appropriate online application, all applicants will:

  • List all post-secondary schools attended and upload transcripts
  • Upload into the application:
  • Designate 2 recommenders. Recommenders will receive an email prompting them to submit online recommendations for you. Submit 2 from the following options:
    1. clinical recommendation from a current clinical supervisor
    2. clinical recommendation from a peer or previous supervisor
    3. academic recommendation, such as one from a clinical or class instructor, or preceptor

Additional requirements for international applicants

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

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