This interdisciplinary program is intended for professionals with baccalaureate or higher degrees. The curriculum is designed for practicing nurses, social workers, psychologist, hospice professionals, bereavement counselors, physicians, teachers, clergy, funeral directors, and others who would like to expand and enrich their knowledge and skills in this area. Senior students may be admitted to the courses by permission of the instructor. Professionals will be prepared to work with the dying and their families in settings such as the home, hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, churches/synagogues, and funeral homes.

Admission requirements: Participants are required to have a baccalaureate degree or senior-level undergraduate status for admission into the certificate program. Permission to enroll in a course may be granted by course instructors to professionals not enrolled in the certificate program.

Program requirements: Participants are required to complete 15 credits from the approved list of courses in thanatology. All students must take Death, Dying, and Bereavement (HDF421) or Loss Across the Lifespan (NUR426), and Contemporary Thanatology (NUR523) as a capstone course at the end of the program. The approved courses are as follows: HDF471, NUR523, NUR524, NUR525, NUR 527, NUR529, PHL401, PHP460, PSC440, PSY554Q, Ind. Study Use department code for independent study.

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