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Palliative Care

The CSU Institute for Palliative Care

To meet the needs of an aging American population, the healthcare world needs to transform itself. The California State University Institute for Palliative Care’s professional development programs are designed to ensure healthcare professionals have the skills needed to provide the best care possible in the fast growing field of palliative care. Incorporating the latest in evidence-based palliative care practices, the Institute’s online courses are engaging, interactive, and immediately applicable. All programs provide Continuing Education Hours and some offer BRN, BBS, and CME hours.

Follow the links below to learn more about the courses offered in each of these disciplines:


Nurses trained in palliative care understand the specific indicators of advanced illness progression, related complications and how to aggressively treat pain and symptoms, while supporting the patient, family caregiver, and the care team. Learn how these online and in-person courses prepare nurses to improve the quality of care of the patient and their family.

Social Work

A growing body of research demonstrates that social workers trained in palliative care can improve patient outcomes. Learn how our online courses prepare social workers to improve quality care. Social workers play a critical role in an organization’s palliative care success. Their leadership is often the glue to holds the care team together.


Chaplains trained in palliative care help patients and their families explore their feelings, verbalize their goals, and address their hopes and fears. Chaplains can offer evidence-based interventions to improve patient outcomes and bring calm to a challenging situation. Learn how the CSU Institute for Palliative Care online courses prepares chaplains to provide spiritual care.  


Studies demonstrate the value of palliative care offered in hospitals, skilled nursing units, assisted living facilities, and physician offices in reducing avoidable hospitalizations while improving quality outcomes. Learn how the Institute’s online courses prepare all members of the team to deliver palliative care to those with advanced illness. From the business basics of palliative care to effective palliative care documentation, you’ll find these courses key to building a strong foundation for your organization’s palliative care program.

For a list of all of our professional courses, click here.

For a list of all of our consumer classes and events, click here.