Online Palliative and End of Life Care Certificate

College of Nursing
Expand your caregiving expertise in this leading palliative care program.

Ohio State’s online palliative care certificate equips students with the necessary skills and practices to provide confident, competent, and compassionate care for chronically ill patients across their lifespan. 

Taught by world-class faculty in multiple disciplines within Ohio State, the online palliative care courses for this program are relevant to students of various backgrounds. We welcome professionals across many different fields including nurses, doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, and chaplains.

Palliative care is multidisciplinary, and this certificate provides evidence-based practices to care for patients along the care continuum for life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. Upon completion of this palliative and end of life care certificate, students will be eligible for continued certifications on their way to becoming leading palliative care specialists.

Campus Requirements: NONE – 100% online

Class Format: Asynchronous, meaning that you can attend classes on your own time.

Credit Hours Required: 12

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Admission Requirements: Completed bachelor’s degree, minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned that is relevant to the program of study.  

Time to Completion: 1 calendar year (2 – 3 semesters)

Sample Courses


Introduction to Palliative Care (Asynchronous)

Provides an overview of palliative and end-of-life care issues and simulation skills practice for education of patients and families regarding primary palliative care.

Family Caregiving: Contemporary Issues, Programs & Policies (Asynchronous)

Develops students’ knowledge and skills to address the needs of individuals providing care for a chronically ill or disabled family member or friend.

End of Life Ethics (Asynchronous)

Engages students in the essential ethics issues involved in end-of-life care, exploring clinical cases and medical knowledge.

Pharmacologic and Non-pharmacologic Symptom Management for Palliative and End of Life Care (Asynchronous)

Discusses multidisciplinary symptom management strategies for patients receiving palliative or end of life care.

Featured Faculty

Mary Alice Momeyer, professor for Ohio State's online certificate in palliative care
Assistant Clinical Professor
Palliative Medicine Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
Online bioethics master's instructor Dr. Ryan Nash smiles in his headshot.
Director, The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Christine Fortney, professor for Ohio State's online certificate in palliative care
Assistant Professor

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