MSN in Hospice and Palliative Care


This program is offered by the Nursing Department

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The MSN in Hospice and Palliative Care provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver advanced nursing care for end-of-life and chronic care patients and their caregivers.

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Linda Spinetti

I believe nursing changes continuously and it is important to remain current. This MSN gave me hope that I could be a stronger voice for hospice and palliative care. This degree as a way for me to continue to work in the specialty I adore. I am motivated to educate the community and to improve care and quality of life.

Robin Viklund

This program has inspired me to continue as a leader in hospice and palliative care advocacy and education. I recently I resigned my job as an administrative nurse and started a new position with a hospital palliative care program where I will be helping to develop the home-based palliative care program. I am so excited to be contributing to the advancement of palliative care and hospice.

Amanda DiBenedetto

During my practicum hours, I realized that there is a huge need for palliative outpatient care. My hope is to expand the palliative care program at Avon Cancer Center in my new role as Clinical Nurse Leader once I graduate! I am looking forward to learning how I can achieve these goals through my capstone.


“Nurses completing the MSN program at CCSU will be eligible for certification by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Center, be able to progress up an organization's clinical ladder structure, and open themselves up for leadership opportunities in a variety of different areas."

Dr. Konieczny, Nursing Chair

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Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSN in Hospice & Palliative Care, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Apply ethical analysis and clinical reasoning to assess, intervene, and evaluate advanced nursing care delivery

  • Understand how to influence health care policy for the purpose of advocating for clients and community

  • Use quality processes and improvement science to evaluate care and ensure patient safety for individuals and communities

  • Determine appropriate application of interventions across all populations affected by end-of-life and chronic care

  • Incorporate global nursing knowledge, attitudes, and skills in planning and evaluating hospice and palliative care practice

  • Develop leadership skills and integrate scholarship into nursing practice


Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (BSN in Nursing preferred) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and have their RN license. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work. (An applicant who does not meet admissions standards but has an undergraduate GPA between 2.50 and 2.69 may be considered for conditional admission.)

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