The California State University Institute for Palliative Care

Post-MSW Just Weeks Away!


If you missed our course-overview Webinar it's now available for replay at your convenience. You might also want to see this video of one of our recent participants as she explains how this online course in palliative care has positively impacted her life.

Post-MSW Palliative Care Student Testimonial

If you have any questions about this online program please contact Cindy at: 760.750.8718 or email her at: ckgordon@csusm.edu.

If you’re a social worker, nurse, chaplain, or other healthcare professional involved in palliative care, please check out our growing list of professional programs. We are constantly updating and adding to our palliative care knowledge base so that you and your organization are using the best practices in palliative care. 

Nurses! Help Spread the Word! CHPN Certification Prep May-4

Seating is limited for the RN Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN) Certification Prep Course is May 3, 7:30am-4:30pm & May 4, 8am-3:15pm at Sharp Outpatient Pavilion, 3075 Health Center Drive San Diego.

As organizations like the Joint Commission, CMS and others look for health care organizations to deliver palliative care using professionals with recognized certifications, nurses working in palliative are recognizing the value of taking the NBCHPN RN Certification exam. If you are thinking about getting your certification or renewing it? This two-day preparation course is exactly what you need. Learn more.

Corporate Training Now Available

We are now providing customized programs for our corporate clients. Whether your organization is in healthcare or any other field, an educated workforce is a more productive workforce. We've recently partnered with companies like Datron and Kaiser Permanente to co-present important palliative care education to employees. See this recent news release to learn more or contact us to discover how we can customize a palliative care program for you. 

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About the CSU Institute
for Palliative Care

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) is the first statewide educational and workforce development initiative focused on palliative care. We offer health care professionals the opportunity to enhance their careers by learning more about palliative care. We educate our communities in San Diego County on the importance and power of palliative care.

Founded in 2012 by the largest higher-education system in the U.S., the Institute is addressing the growing need for professionals who can help individuals and families managing serious and chronic illnesses achieve quality of life along with quality of care. The Institute is leveraging the CSU’s renowned faculty expertise, its interdisciplinary curriculum, and its role as one of the largest producers of healthcare graduates in California to develop the palliative care workforce needed by 2020.

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Envisioned to be a state-wide resource and nationally recognized model for serving the educational needs of today’s professionals, students and the public at large, the CSU Institute for Palliative Care will create a template for palliative care education and community engagement that can be adopted by other CSU campuses across the state and at institutions around the country.

We are always looking for opportunities to leverage our resources and expertise with like-minded organizations. Please contact us if we can be of assistance in your efforts to share this important message.

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Interested in CEUs or on-site training? Seeking a presentation for your group? Want to learn more about Palliative Care?


Initial funding for the CSU Institute for Palliative Care has been generously provided by:

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