The professional Certificate in Palliative Care requires 17 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a pharmacy and cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

The certificate program prepares students to practice as palliative care generalists upon graduation from the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. Students who complete the certificate will process the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to serve patients living with serious illnesses across the trajectory of life in a variety of general pharmacy practice environments and non-palliative pharmacy specialties, including critical care, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and cardiology. The program addresses the educational needs of pharmacy students who may provide pharmaceutical care in a community pharmacy setting, a long-term care pharmacy, oncology, cardiology, infectious disease, critical care, transplant, and emergency medicine. The certificate also prepares graduates to pursue advanced postgraduate clinical training in palliative care and hospice, including palliative care residencies and fellowships.

The Certificate in Palliative Care requires the following course work.

PHAR:8502Advanced Pharmacopalliation of Pain2
PHAR:8503Advanced Pharmacopalliation of Non-Pain Symptoms3
PHAR:8795Foundations of Palliative Care2
PHAR:8797Ethics and Spirituality in Health Care3
PHAR:8798Continuing Professional Development in Palliative Care1
Elective rotation in palliative care6


Applicants must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00.

They should submit an application that includes:

a letter of intent;

one letter of recommendation from the student's College of Pharmacy faculty mentor; and

one letter of recommendation from a professional reference outside the College of Pharmacy, such as an employer, previous professor, coach, colleague or supervisor of a volunteer experience.

Applicants are then selected for an interview with certificate committee members. Students will be notified if they are selected.