Online Degree Programs in Hospice Administration

Hospice administrators oversee care for people who are terminally ill and near death. Learn about graduate palliative care nursing programs, licensure requirements and certification options. Schools offering Finance and Health Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in an Online Graduate Program in Palliative Care Nursing?

The exact curriculum structure and graduation requirements for graduate-level programs in palliative care nursing may differ widely depending on whether the program results in a degree or certificate. Some schools may offer stand-alone certificates or degrees in palliative care, while others offer certificates as complementary educational credentials in related advanced practice nursing programs. All of the above-mentioned programs are available online. Due to the clinical nature of advanced practice nursing, some of these programs may also require occasional campus visits.

Regardless of the exact structure, most online graduate programs in palliative care will teach you about the medical, clinical, cultural and emotional aspects of life-threatening diseases and the individuals they afflict. You'll learn about the types and symptoms of terminal illnesses that may cause someone to become a hospice resident, such as cancer or AIDS. You'll become educated in the toll these diseases take on victims' bodies and psyches, as well as learning how to help manage or alleviate their physical and emotional pain. Required courses also teach you techniques for counseling patients and their families in the wake of recent or impending loss. Last but not least, you'll learn clinical and administrative skills like patient assessment and bedside care; courses in these areas may require campus visits or short residencies.

Program Options Master's degree or graduate certificate in palliative care nursing
Skills Learned Patient assessment, counseling techniques, bedside care, pain management
Online Learning Access course materials and complete assignments online; campus visits may be required
Licensure All hospital administrators are nurses, which means they must pass the NCLEX-RN in order to become licensed by the state
Median Salary (2018) $71,730 (for all registered nurses)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 15% growth (for all registered nurses)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do Online Programs Work?

Completing an online master's-level certificate or degree program in palliative care will result in the same education and degree you'd get from a campus-based program. Aside from the occasional campus visits required in some graduate programs, you can fulfill all your degree requirements using little more than an Internet-connected computer. You may also need some additional software, such as Microsoft Windows or Adobe Reader, to view course materials or complete assignments.

Courses are generally conferred through online teaching and learning platforms, which allow you to access or submit readings, multimedia or written lectures, exams and other course materials. Most courses are asynchronous, which means you can log in and complete your work at your convenience, although you must adhere to any specific due dates established by your professors.

What Are the Degree and Licensure Requirements for an Aspiring Hospice Administrator?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that graduation from an approved nursing program generally qualifies you to take your nursing licensure exam, which is required to work as a nurse in all states (www.bls.gov). The National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) is recognized as the official registered nursing licensure exam. You also must be a registered nurse to obtain certification from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN), which is voluntary and may be preferred by prospective employers (www.nbchpn.org).

Other than being a licensed R.N., there's generally no standardized set of requirements for employment as a hospice administrator. Some employers express a preference for employees with master's degrees, and virtually all positions require you to have hospice administration knowledge, experience or both. You can obtain a specialized education in hospice, home health or palliative care by completing an online master's degree or certificate program in advanced practice palliative care nursing.

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