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  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care


    The accredited online 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 with the tools needed to treat the holistic spectrum of the patient and their family, while integrating an effective and efficient delivery of care. The program’s curriculum focuses on evidenced-based approaches and science-based clinical applications, while exploring culturally specific approaches and proven complementary and integrative modalities.

    Program Features

    • Taught by distinguished faculty trained in both conventional healthcare and integrative therapies
    • Driven by the principle of patient-centered care that eliminates unnecessary hospital re-admission and costly medical treatments, while alleviating pain and suffering
    • Program Director, Stephanie Maxine Ross, M.H., M.S., H.T., C.N.C., P.D.M.T., is a pioneer and internationally-recognized expert in CIT
    • Synchronous online lectures offer a highly interactive learning format that challenges and engages students

    For questions, please contact:

    Redian Furxhiu
    Student Services Manager

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses 
    CIT 503Holistic Living For The Caregiver3.0
    CIT 621Spirituality in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
    CIT 622Holistic Therapies in Hospice and Palliative Care3.0
    CIT 623Multi-Cultural Perspectives3.0
    Total Credits12.0

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree with a major in a health related field from an accredited university, with a GPA of 2.75 or above on all previous coursework 

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • Why you are choosing this particular track
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
      • Your plans upon completing the degree
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $913 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1014 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    Apply today for the Advanced Certificate of Study in Holistic Hospice and Palliative Care

    Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online!


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