Courses for Professionals


Many of our palliative care educational programs provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All are designed to meet the needs not only of those new to palliative care but also experienced palliative care professionals. In addition, we offer our programs both online and in classroom settings at Cal State San Marcos, participating California State University campuses, and in local community facilities in the San Diego area.

Post-MSW Palliative Care Course Starting Soon!

Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship

DATE: June 3, 2014
LOCATION: Online and at Participating CSU Campuses

The Advanced Practice Nurse Fellowship program in palliative care reflects a unique partnership between the Institute, the CSUSM School of Nursing, the Doris A. Howell Service at UCSD and employers. Beginning June 3, 2014, Advance Nurse Practitioners (APN), Nurse Practitioners (NP), and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) will have the opportunity to work for health care organizations while completing a ten-month program in palliative care. Multiple Cal State University campuses throughout the state participating in this program. 

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Building the Bridge Between Faith and Medicine

DATE: April 30, 2014
LOCATION: San Diego County Medical Society, 5575 Ruffin Road, Suite 250, San Diego, CA

Building the Bridge Between Faith and Medicine is a follow-up to our Partners in Caring program from last fall for faith leaders who provide support to dying persons and their families. This session will address the challenges that faith leaders and healthcare providers face working as a team in providing palliative and end-of-life care in the hospital setting, while working to build bridges and partnerships between faith leaders and the medical community. (SEE VIDEO)

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Critical Palliative Care Skills for Social Workers (NEW!)

DATE: September 22, 2014

This 8-week course has been designed by leading social work and palliative care experts. It teaches critical skills that every social worker in palliative care and hospice should have. While this serves as an excellent introductory course for those new to palliative care, it will also refresh and enhance the practice of more experienced hospice and palliative care social workers.

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Mental Health Fundamentals in Palliative Care for Spiritual Care Providers (NEW!)

DATE: July 14, 2014

This 6-week course is for chaplains and others providing spiritual care for those with serious or chronic illness. These families frequently encounter mental health issues that can be very challenging. This course, developed by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and offered by the CSU Institute for Palliative Care provides essential knowledge of prevalent mental-health issues and the opportunity to build their skills and confidence working in these situations.

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Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate

DATE:  June 16 and September 8, 2014

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network – two leaders in their fields – have created an online certificate course to support chaplains and other spiritual care providers with the delivery of palliative care to patients and their families in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, and elsewhere. SEE VIDEO

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Post-MSN Certificate in Palliative Care

DATE: Fall 2014

If you are an Advanced Practice Nurse this certificate program will provide you with specialized education and clinical experiences designed to increase your confidence and competence in the principles and practice of palliative care. The program is designed to develop culturally competent, ethical, knowledgeable and effective professionals for direct nursing practice with populations related to palliative care. 

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Post-MSW Palliative Care Certificate

DATE: May 5, 2014

The first and only online certificate program designed to enhance the skills of MSWs in palliative care. The CSU Institute for Palliative Care’s Post-MSW Palliative Care Social Work Certificate Program is designed to provide master’s prepared social workers’ with the knowledge and skills to be successful working in a palliative care, interprofessional environment whether that is in a hospital, hospice or other setting. SEE VIDEO description

Post-MSW Webinar Replay Now Available

Post-MSW Webinar Replay, Gary Gardia Hosts

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RN Certificate in Palliative Care

DATE: June 9, 2014

The RN Certificate in Palliative Care is a dynamic 8-week online course aimed at enhancing nurses' competencies and knowledge of palliative care. The curriculum provides essential knowledge for professionals who deliver, or want to learn more about delivering, palliative nursing care regardless of the setting (hospice, inpatient/outpatient palliative care, oncology, long-term care, etc.) SEE VIDEO description. 

The course work is fully online and delivered in a continuously available and easily accessible format that allows nurses greater flexibility in balancing work responsibilities with furthering their own development. For busy professionals who want an in-depth but phased review to prepare to take the Certification Board for Hospice and Palliative Nursing exam for nurses, this course also makes a great way to review and refresh your skills.

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RN Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing (CHPN) Certification Prep (LIMITED SEATING)

DATE: May 3, 7:30am-4:30pm & May 4, 8am-3:15pm
LOCATION: Sharp Outpatient Pavilion, 3075 Health Center Drive San Diego, CA 92123; Conference Room on Saturday and Auditorium on Sunday

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 need to renew it), this two-day preparation course is exactly the help you need to ensure you pass your exam. There will be even more focus on pain and symptom management and greater opportunity for practice test questions in this training. This program is offered in partnership with the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association San Diego Chapter. 

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The Business Case for Palliative Care (NEW!)

DATE: August 4, 2014

This four hour, self-paced course is designed to orient clinical and administrative leaders to the concepts that inform the business case for PC. It introduces the analyses that can be used to assess the impact of existing programs and identify growth opportunities for hospital, clinic, and home-based PC services. Developed by a nationally recognized team of clinicians and analysts, the course provides a roadmap for gathering the data needed to make the case for creating, sustaining or expanding your PC services.

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