Palliative Care Concentration

Palliative care is an interprofessional specialty focused on symptom management, quality of life, and relief of distress for patients and their families. Although end-of-life care is one component of palliative care, the approach is also appropriate for any patient who is coping with a serious illness that interferes with quality of life. Palliative care has moved upstream from end-of-life care to address the quality of life and symptom management needs of patients living with serious illness and is being adopted rapidly in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As a result, employers are expressing the need for trained palliative care professionals.

The Palliative Care Concentration was designed to provide an introduction to content related to palliative care. Because this area of focus is open to master’s students in all specialty tracks, clinical rotations are not part of this focus area.


Successful completion of N203 and N203A, plus successful completion of one elective

Elective Courses

Course Schedule Units
N203 Palliative and End of Life Care Across the Continuum Winter quarter, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. 2 units
N203A Advanced Communication in Palliative Care Spring quarter, two Fridays 9:10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1 unit
CP162 Pain Management and Palliative Care for Clinical Pharmacists Fall quarter, select Tuesday evenings 1 unit
N213D Common Problems in Older Adult Cancer Care  Fall quarter, Tuesdays, 1:10-3 p.m. 3 units

Process for Applying to the Concentration

Students should notify the faculty lead, Astrid Block, sometime in their first year of study. Notification must include a forwarded e-mail from the student’s advisor consenting to enrollment in the Palliative Care concentration. This concentration is open to all interested students in good academic standing.

Contact Us

Concentration Coordinator: Astrid Block, MS, RN, GCNS-BC