University of Iowa Certificate in Palliative Care

University of Iowa Certificate in Palliative Care
Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science,
College of Pharmacy

Purpose of the Program

This 17 credit hour certificate program prepares students to practice as palliative care generalists upon graduation of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Students who complete the Palliative Care Certificate will possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to serve patients living with serious illness across the trajectory of life, in a variety of general pharmacy practice environments and non-palliative pharmacy specialties, including critical care, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and cardiology. This certificate also prepares graduates to pursue advanced post-graduate clinical training in palliative care and hospice, including palliative care residencies and fellowships.

Students who are accepted into the Palliative Care Certificate program and successfully complete all program requirements to demonstrate achievement of the program’s learning objectives will be awarded a certificate upon graduation from the UI College of Pharmacy.  Enrollment in and completion of the Palliative Care Certificate will be indicated on each student’s transcript.

Certificate Description

The Palliative Care Certificate encompasses successful completion of a unique body of work including three didactic elective courses, one experiential elective course (in palliative care, hospice, or pain management), and one longitudinal professional discovery course.

With the exception of the professional discovery course, credit hours earned as part of the certificate may be applied to concurrent completion of the PharmD degree.

Required Coursework

Electives in the Palliative Care Certificate are open to all PharmD students. Enrollment preference will be given to those students accepted into the certificate program.


Courses By Semester Offered and PharmD Year

Foundations of Palliative Care - Offered in spring. Open to P1s, P2s, P3s.   
Ethics and Spirituality in Healthcare - Offered in fall. Open to P2s, P3s.
Advanced Pharmacopalliation - Selective/APPE Block 1. Open to P3s.
Continuing Professional Development in Palliative Care - Longitudinal: Spring P2-Spring P3. Open to P2s and P3s.
     * This course is only available to students accepted into the Palliative Care Certificate Program.
APPE elective in Pain Management, Hospice, or Palliative Care - Selective/APPE Blocks 2-9. Open to P3s and P4s.

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Participating Faculty

Core Faculty:

James Ray, PharmD, CPE,
James A. Otterbeck OnePoint Patient Care Clinical Associate Professor in Hospice and Palliative Care

Kashelle Lockman, PharmD, MA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Hospice and Palliative Care

Lee Kral, PharmD, CPE
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
PGY-2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Resident

Interdisciplinary faculty will teach throughout the certificate curriculum to provide a variety of perspectives to pharmacy students.

How to Apply

Information available in the near future.

University of Iowa Certificate in Palliative Care