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Online Graduate Certificate in
Hospice & Palliative Studies

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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Graduate Certificate in
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The Graduate Certificate in Hospice & Palliative Studies offers community ministry practitioners, community health educators, congregational and faith community nurses, pastoral care providers, senior adult pastors, healthcare missionaries, healthcare chaplains, military chaplains, Christian social workers, and those involved in serving persons with terminal illnesses and their families the following capabilities:

    • ability to address pain and suffering through a biblically-informed perspective
    • ability to plan for and coordinate palliative care in order to offer quality of life to those facing life ending or life limiting illness
    • competency in communications skills necessary for empathic engagement with the seriously ill and their families
    • ability to engage interprofessionally in interdisciplinary environemnts in order to understand the values of and meet the needs of persons facing serious illness
    • ability to lead conversations regarding the important elements of planning for end of life while addressing the complex issues surrounding end of life care
    • ability to be effective caregivers to those facing the end of life by understanding the physical and spiritual dimensions of dying
    • ability to minister to individuals, families and communities who experience loss, death and bereavement across the lifespan through their unique grieving processes

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. As disease and disability progress, hospice gives supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The Graduate Certificate in Hospice & Palliative Studies provides training in biblical perspectives of pain, suffering and death and equips students to serve individuals and families by facilitating life care planning and providing spiritual caregiving to those facing end of life and to family members and others who experience loss, death and bereavement.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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Course Length

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Credits Required

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Program Cost

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving among vulnerable persons in the mission of God.

Students develop a theological framework with which to engage those who experience pain and hardship. The course addresses the importance of holistic mission through caring for the pastoral, spiritual, medical, and health-related needs of those experiencing illnesses, disabilities, cancer, etc. Assessment items include reading, lectures, case-study projects, discussion forums, and service projects pointed to a global area of interest.

With the rise of chronic illness, increased life expectancy, and complex medical technology, palliative care offers quality of life to those facing life ending or life limiting illness. In this course, students will read, discuss, and engage the basic concepts of palliative care. Students will explore contemporary issues in healthcare that challenge patients coping with advanced illness. This course prepares caregivers to advance in their practice of tending to those facing serious illness.

Addressing the challenges of life-limiting or life-ending illness with those in distress demands the best from medical or pastoral caregivers. In this course, students will study, engage, and practice the vital communication skills necessary for empathic engagement with the seriously ill and their families. The broader examination and assessment of palliative care interventions will also be examined and applied to real world case studies so that caregivers can facilitate a greater quality of life for the seriously ill.

As modern healthcare continues to grow in complexity, palliative care is taking a greater role in the care of patients. Interprofessional pallaitive care team contribute to delivering high quality of care. Students in this course will develop skills to advance in their role as an interprofessional team member by examining issues of quality improvement, leadership, and policy development.

Communities of faith have done well to prepare people how to live and to prepare people to face eternity. What about the transition from this life to the next? Dying well is becoming increasingly difficult in an age of advanced medical technology. In this course, students will engage the societal and cultural challenges around end of life issues. Students will engage in their own end of life planning and will develop the advanced skills necessary to leading conversations around end of life care. This course will enable participants to impact their communities in a positive way by helping bring awareness to the possibility of dying well.

In this course, students will examine the nature of terminal illness and the inevitability of death. Looking at the physical and spiritual dimensions of dying, students will develop a spiritual care philosophy and practice that will equip them to provide spiritual care to the dying.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Transforming Communities

Is this Your Mission?

Bereavement Coordinator-Home Hospice, Care Transition Coordinator, Clinical Care Manager, Community Health Education Coordinator, Community Health Educator, Community Health Ministry Leader, Community Health Worker, Community Outreach Coordinator, Community Hospice Educator, Congregational Nurse, Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Director for Church Life and Pastoral Care, Director of Pastoral Care, Associate Director of Pastoral Care, Director of Home Health/Hospice, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care, Elderly Community Services Coordinator, Faith Community Nurse, Family Support Coordinator, Health Education Assistant, Health Educator, Health Education Outreach Coordinator, Healthcare Educator, Healthcare Missionary, Home Health Hospice Aide, Hospice Aide, Hospice Care Consultant, Hospice Case Manager, Hospice Chaplain, Hospice Nurse, Manager of Pastoral Care, Manager of Pastoral Services, Medical Social Worker-Hospice, Palliative Care Chaplain, Palliative Care Coordinator, Palliative Care Educator and Care Manager, Palliative Care Nurse, Palliative Care Physician, Palliative Care Program Manager, Palliative Care Social Worker, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Pastor for Senior Adults, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Care, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Life, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Pastoral Care Director, Pastoral Care Program Coordinator, Pastoral Counselor, Pastoral Member Care Specialist, Pastoral Services Supervisor, Senior Adult Care Associate, Senior Adult Program Coordinator



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


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40% Tuition


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3 credit course

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.