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Hospice Palliative Care


School of Continuing Education

Palliative care aspires to relieve suffering and enhance quality of life for people living with acute or chronic life-threatening illnesses. Nurses specializing in palliative care assist individuals and those close to them with physical, psychosocial and spiritual concerns and provide support through the bereavement processes.

Career Potential

Graduates specializing in palliative care nursing work in hospices, palliative units, acute care, home care settings, continuing care or nurse consulting positions. There are many opportunities to apply this specialized knowledge in both urban and rural settings.

Contact Information

T: 780-497-4730

Program Requirements

NURS 475Ethics in Gerontology and Palliative Care 12
NURS 476Leadership in Care Management 12
NURS 477Therapeutic Relations in Specialty Practice 13
NURS 478Field Project 11
NURS 483Conceptualizing Hospice Palliative Care 12
NURS 484Pain Assessment and Management 14
NURS 485Palliative Symptoms 14
Total Credits18

The minimum passing grade for this course is a C-.

The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted to one of the following:

Regular Admission

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicants must be actively registered in Canada as one of the following:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Graduate Nurse with a temporary permit
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Practical Nurse

Additional Admission Criteria

All applicants must meet the following:

1. English Language Proficiency

To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar

Applicable to all admission categories

All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at