The Master of Science in Hospice and Palliative Studies (MSHP) degree prepares individuals to serve diverse client populations during the terminal phase of life, to perform effectively as members of an interdisciplinary team whose goal is to enhance the quality of life by focusing on the physical, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the hospice patient and family, and to become leaders in the hospice movement by their expertise in their cognate area and research skills.
Students who complete the graduate program are able to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Synthesize past hospice history and trends as a means of understanding the past and current hospice movement.
- Analyze hospice models of care that support palliative, interdisciplinary interventions in an advanced hospice practice.
- Analyze advanced bereavement models and relevant interdisciplinary theories that support bereavement counseling and spiritual interventions in advanced hospice practice.
- Evaluate current transcultural, ethical/ moral, and legal issues pertaining to hospice patients/ families to develop a professional code of conduct in advanced hospice practice.
- Develop expertise in a selected cognate area and apply concepts to areas in hospice.
- Apply research methodology to the resolution of problems in advanced hospice practice.
Admission to the MSHP is determined on the basis of the following:
Possession of a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Satisfactory score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) for applicants with less than a 3.25 undergraduate grade point average.
Two completed recommendation forms from supervisors, under-graduate faculty, or professional associates.
Writing assessment: Completion of an extemporaneous writing sample on an issue related to hospice. This may be waived at the discretion of the Chair of the Hospice and Palliative Studies Department or assistant.
- Interview with the Chair of the Hospice and Palliative Studies Department or assistant.
Students may transfer a maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate credit, with departmental approval.
The program, 30-33 s.h. beyond the prerequisite sequence, has three components: (1) the hospice and palliative studies foundation core of 16 semester hours; (2) the research courses of 6 semester hours OR a capstone practicum/project of 5 semester hours; and (3) a cognate of 9-11 semester hours.
- Prerequisite sequence (5-6 s.h.)
- Required Hospice and Palliative Studies Core Courses (16 s.h.)
- Required Cognate (9-11 s.h.)
- Required Practicum/Research Courses (5-6 s.h.)
EITHER PALLIATIVE/EOL CAPSTONE PRACTICUM
OR THESIS: REQUIRED RESEARCH COURSES
Choose one from the following:
- Bereavement Cognate (9 s.h.)
- Business Cognate (9 s.h.)
- Education Cognate (9-11 s.h.)
- Nursing Cognate (9 s.h.)
- Pastoral Ministry Cognate (9-10 s.h.)
- August 1 for overseas applicants, September 1 for applicants transferring within the US (To start: Fall Semester)
- December 1 for overseas applicants (To start: Winter semester)
- April 1 for overseas applicants, May 1 for applicants transferring within the US (To start: Spring/Summer semester)
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Last updated February 1, 2016