Master of Science

Nursing: Hospice & Palliative Care

Central to Embracing Compassion.

Use your CCSU MSN in Hospice & Palliative Care to deliver active, holistic therapies to end-of-life and chronic care patients and their support network. Build the skills to become a leader and patient advocate as you gain the qualifications to meet the criteria for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials for Masters Education Nursing.

Nurses completing this program will be prepared to sit for the certification exam by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

Program Features

  • Starts every August
  • 35-credit program
  • Attend part-time
  • 100% online
  • Full-time faculty are RNs who are active in clinical practice
  • Learn in a collaborative classroom environment from supportive and caring faculty who understand the challenges of work/school/family responsibilities
  • Faculty are committed to working with students and will be flexible about coursework deadlines whenever necessary as much as they can
  • Students come from diverse clinical backgrounds and experiences that open one's mind to different perspectives, providing a more holistic experience
  • Students receive a one-year subscription to PERRLA, an excellent source to assist with scholarly writing
  • Shadow Health Digital Clinical Patient Software
  • Dedicated Program Coordinator
  • Individual 1:1 advising
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available
  • No GMAT/GRE required

Why come to CCSU for Your MSN degree? (ppt)

- Linda Spinetti, MSN '19

I believe nursing changes continuously and it is important to remain current. This MSN gave me hope that I could be a stronger voice for hospice and palliative care. This degree is a way for me to continue to work in the specialty I adore. I am motivated to educate the community and to improve care and quality of life.

- Linda Spinetti, MSN '19

What You'll Gain

  • Ability to influence health care policy and advocate for patients and their community  
  • Tools to apply ethical analysis and clinical reasoning to access, intervene, and evaluate advanced nursing care delivery  
  • Leadership skills to integrate scholarship into nursing practice  
  • Proficiency in integrating interprofessional collaboration and informatics to make changes in the hospice and palliative care environment to improve care delivery  
  • Mastery of quality process and improvement science to evaluate care and ensure patient safety for individuals and communities  
  • Ability to synthesize evidence to determine appropriate application of interventions across populations impacted by end-of-life and chronic care  
  • Tools to incorporate global nursing knowledge, attitudes, and skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating hospice and palliative care practice  
  • Skills to use appropriate theories from nursing and related fields to respond to emerging health care challenges  
  • Eligible students are invited to join Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing