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Length of Study

Up to 2 years

Study Options

Part time
Full time for Everest and BMB programs

Credential Granted



Fall term (September)

The Post-Basic Nursing Practice: Hospice Palliative Care and Gerontological Nursing certificate program at MacEwan University combines the common skill sets necessary for practice in both areas. Individuals select from either a hospice palliative care major or gerontology major. Prepare for a rewarding career as an in-demand health care professional working with the aging population or the terminally ill.


Older patients often require complex and specialized care to maintain physical and mental health. With new advances in all areas of health care, Registered Nurses (RNs) specializing in gerontology offer their patients increased mobility, improved resilience and greater peace of mind.

Hospice Palliative Care

Palliative care aspires to relieve suffering and enhance quality of life for people living with acute or chronic life-threatening illnesses. RNs specializing in palliative care assist these individuals and those close to them with their physical, psychosocial and spiritual concerns during their life as well as during end-of-life and in the bereavement processes.


Partnership with Everest Educational Services

In Fall 2015, in partnership with Everest Educational Services Inc., the Post Basic Nursing Practice: Gerontology/Hospice Palliative Care Program began offering a two-year program designed for international nurses from India. Please contact Everest Educational Services for further information and application.

Partnership with BMB Recruitment and Educational Services

As of Fall 2019, in partnership with BMB recruitment and Educational Services, the Post Basic Nursing Practice: Gerontology/Hospice Palliative Care program will be offering a one-year program designed for international nurses from the Philippines who would like to develop specialized knowledge of gerontological nursing practice. Please contact BMB Recruitment for further information and application.

A variety of other special purpose training for nurses is offered through the Centre for Professional Nursing Education (CPNE).