The interprofessional Master of Science in Palliative Care prepares professionals to provide high quality palliative care to patients with serious and life-limiting illnesses and their caregivers.
The Palliative Care Masters consists of 36-credits of coursework designed to be completed in 24 months of continuous study. However, we offer maximum flexibility, allowing for completion within 7 years.
Courses | Students may choose flexible completion options, but note that courses are currently offered once per academic year. 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.
Hands-on Intensive | Three 3-day on-campus weekend intensive experiences to practice communication skills with standardized patients
Capstone Project | Our MSPC program sets students apart with an integrative, systems-level Capstone Project. Students apply what they have learned in the program to real-world problems in their work settings with the support of faculty mentors. Results are shared through a professional abstract and poster presentation. Project types: evidence-based practice, quality improvement or patient safety, program development or evaluation, ethics, humanities, needs assessment, education and engagement, or research.
The MS degree is open to students in the following two tracks:
MSPC Biomedical Track | 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.
The Biomedical Track is open to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses (BSN and Advanced Practice RN) and pharmacists.
MSPC Allied Health Professional Track | Allied Health Professional (AHP) Track courses include advanced content in psycho-social-spiritual care, ethical concerns, and professional identity as a member of an interdisciplinary palliative care team.
The AHP Track is open to social workers, spiritual care providers, psychologists, counselors, therapists, grief specialists and medical ethicists.
How to Apply
Individuals may apply directly to the MSPC program or begin their study by taking required courses through the Graduate Certificate option.
"The interprofessional nature of the MSPC program mimics the reality of healthcare practice. The intensive communication lab
experience gave me the tools and confidence for successful patient and family interactions, even under the most challenging circumstances. This training absolutely transformed my practice."
- Kacey Boyle, MSPC, BSN, RN, CHPN, University of Vermont Medical Center