About the Palliative Care Program
The University of Colorado Denver's Palliative Care Program is a collaborative project for the College of
Nursing, School of Medicine, and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Sciences to expand education opportunities in palliative and
end-of-life care to patients and families with serious and life-limiting illness. Biomedical and Allied Health Professional Tracks provide specialized content in addition to the core curriculum. Program courses are delivered in an interprofessional learning environment that mirrors the palliative care work setting. The program focuses on advancing clinical knowledge, using evidence in building palliative care practice and enhancing communication skills.
The program is offered in a hybrid learning format utilizing interactive online instruction. Three, 3-day weekend intensives taught on the Anschutz Medical Campus are scheduled across the 24 month program to further enhance learning. The program is designed for the working professional who desires to
improve his/her knowledge and skills in palliative care.
Master of Science in Palliative Care
A 36-credit hour Master of Science program designed to be completed in 24 months of continuous study. Students may choose flexible completion options, but note that courses are currently offered once per academic year. All students
complete interdisciplinary coursework in palliative care core concepts,
communications, teamwork and leadership, community integration, assessment of
pain and non-pain symptoms, and diverse topics related to the psycho-social-spiritual-ethical
dimensions of patient and family care. Core and track curricula focus on
evidence-based practices in diverse palliative care settings.
MSPC Biomedical Track
Biomedical Track courses include advanced content in
clinical health care delivery, pain and non-pain symptom management, and
palliative care for patients experiencing chronic illnesses. The Biomedical Track is open to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses (BSN and Advanced Practice RN) and pharmacists.
MSPC Allied Health Professional Track
Allied Health Professional (AHP) Track courses include
advanced content in psycho-social-spiritual care, ethical concerns, and
professional identity as a member of an interdisciplinary palliative care team. The AHP Track is open to social
workers, spiritual care providers, psychologists, counselors, therapists, grief
specialists and medical ethicists.
Interprofessional Certificate in Palliative Care
The Interprofessional Certificate in Palliative Care is for students seeking additional palliative
care education, but not ready to commit to completing their master’s degree.
Certificate students complete the first 12 credit hours over two semesters of study. The certificate is open
to students in either biomedical or allied health professions.