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Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Graduate Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible


The Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care provides students with a mind-body-spirit approach to end-of-life care. Graduates of the program develop mastery in providing compassionate spiritual care to patients and their families.

The use of Complementary and Integrative Therapies (CIT) within the scope of end-of-life care provides practitioners the tools needed to treat the holistic spectrum of the patient and their family, while integrating an effective and efficient delivery of care.

This approach to end-of-life care is driven by the principle of patient-centered care that eliminates unnecessary hospital re-admission and costly medical treatments, while alleviating pain and suffering.

What you’ll learn

This graduate certificate’s curriculum focuses on evidenced-based complementary and integrative therapy approaches that can be integrated within the framework of conventional healthcare practice.

The certificate is completed wholly online in a highly dynamic learning format that challenges and engages students. Certificate courses are taught by internationally recognized leaders in the Complementary and Integrative Therapies field, and faculty who are trained in both conventional healthcare and integrative therapies.

What makes the program unique?

  • Convenient format with courses offered entirely online.
  • Courses are taught by internationally recognized leaders in their field, and faculty who are trained in both conventional healthcare and integrative therapies.  
Driven by the principle of patient-centered care.

Applications for this certificate program are currently being accepted for fall 2016 admission.

Admission Requirements

A baccalaureate degree with a major in a health related field from an accredited university

GPA of 2.75 or above on all previous coursework.

Standardized Tests:

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliate with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.


Not required.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Not required.

Not required.



Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
Specific work experience not required.

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care tuition page

Application Link (if outside organization):


MSA: This program is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.