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


To begin study the following autumn:

  • May 1 at 11:59 p.m. (priority deadline)
  • July 15 at 11:59 p.m.

How to apply

Palliative Care Graduate Certificate applicants will apply based on the following criteria below:

  • Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree and are applying to the graduate certificate program as a stand-alone program should select the following option:
    Graduate Non-Matriculated, then “M or Nursing-Seattle Campus” (even if you are applying to Portland or Boise/Tri-Cities campus).
  • Applicants who have a post-baccalaureate/graduate degree or are applying as an international applicant, please select the following option: “Nursing-Grad Cert Prog- Adv Prac Nurse (Palliative Care)”
  • Current UW School of Nursing graduate students, please submit a “Letter of intent” describing your interest in palliative care and how this training will enhance your DNP career to A full application is not required.

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