University of Colorado Denver

Graduate School

Palliative Care


Academic Office 1, L15-1503

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Palliative Care Program at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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.  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.


  • Hybrid program with online and on-campus courses
  • 2-year program
  • Comprehensive curriculum
  • Certificate in Palliative Care awarded after first 12 credit hours
  • Highly accomplished training faculty
  • Biomedical or Allied Health Professional Tracks


Degree Options: MSPC 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.  Open to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses (BSN and Advanced Practice RN) and pharmacists.

MSPC Allied Health Professional Track - courses include advanced content in psycho-social-spiritual care, ethical concerns, and professional identity as a member of an interdisciplinary palliative care team.  Open to social workers, spiritual care providers, psychologists, counselors, therapists, grief specialists and medical ethicists.

​Interprofessional ​Certificate in Palliative Care - for students seeking additional palliative care education, but not ready to commit to completing their master’s degree. Open to students in either biomedical or allied health professions.

Program Events: Three 3-day intensive, on-campus weekends at the Anschutz Medical Campus augment the curriculum, focusing on advanced communication skills and case-based learning.

Financial Support: There is no formal monetary support for students in the program however, its flexibility allows you to complete the training without extended leaves of absence from your home or work. 

Applications: Application deadline is May 1 for the following Fall semester.

Career paths of graduates: Our graduates are prepared to serve as Palliative Care (PC) Community Specialists. PC Community Specialists provide high quality palliative consultation and care to patients and families in their own communities.PC Community Specialists bridge a network of services to better support the needs of patients and family caregivers across the continuum of illness and care settings.

Why CU Anschutz? Located in Aurora, Colorado, the Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. With six graduate and health professional schools, multiple clinical centers and institutes including an NIH-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, two nationally-ranked teaching hospitals, and a VA hospital, CU Anschutz is engaged in clinical care, research, education, and service. Together, clinicians, graduate students, and research faculty contribute to a large and vibrant cancer research community that is poised to address present and future challenges.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - Composite score of 83 or above on the TOEFL with 26 speaking, or composite score of 6.5 or above on the IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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