Adult track

Welcoming physicians, nurses, advance practice providers, social workers and spiritual care providers treating adult patients facing serious illness

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Apply by May 1 for priority admission, all applications due by July 15.


Jointly offered through the UW Schools of Nursing and Medicine, the certificate is ideal for professionals looking for specialty training to join a palliative care team, become a palliative care champion within their current clinical role, be a change agent within their organization, or simply want to improve connection with their patients.

This track is designed for the physician who understands how an advanced communications toolkit will add value to the time spent with their patients, the DNP student that plans to integrate palliative care into their practice, the critical care nurse that serves patients and families facing difficult decisions, the spiritual care provider that tends to the whole team during times of distress and the social worker looking to grow their capacity for patient advocacy and team leadership. 



Our interprofessional faculty team are primary and specialty palliative care clinicians serving patients and families in a variety of healthcare settings. They are educators, researchers and mentors championing the needs of serious illness at the individual, team and healthcare system levels. 


Program & Workshops

The program is 9 months, taught over 3 academic quarters, each focusing on a key area of palliative care practice: person-centered communication, interprofessional team training, and palliative care quality and healthcare systems integration. The curriculum is delivered using a mix of self-directed modules, monthly live interactive webinars, recorded lectures given by palliative care experts, reflective writing and clinical skills practice. 

Each quarter features a 3-day virtual workshop. The Fall and Winter workshops feature VitalTalk® simulation-based training with several innovative features including TeamTalk: advanced communication skills for interprofessional teams. The Spring workshop uses principles of design thinking to develop a pitch for a palliative care project in education, process improvement or program development. 


community of Practice


Seattle is our flagship site and our academic home. Our core faculty live and work in Seattle and have cultivated a dynamic interprofessional community of practice to engage students across the country.  


Portland is our first regional expansion site, offering a robust primary palliative care community of practice. 


Boise is our most recent expansion site, created with intention to serve rural palliative care providers, patients and their families.