Trivandrum – Certificate Course in Palliative Nursing

Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) (A unit of Pallium India)

Six weeks’ “Hands-on” Certificate Course in Palliative Nursing (CCPN)


To enable participants to gain practical “hands-on” training in palliative care nursing supplemented by theoretical background.

Course schedule:

Please visit for the dates of the upcoming trainings and the last date to apply.


Any nurse holding a recognised degree or certificate in nursing and interested in palliative care is eligible to do the course.

How to apply:

Please download the application form from the link below, fill it up and send it to, along with a passport size photograph.

Download Application form (.doc)

Please note: The number of seats is limited to five and will be allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis.


The course will be held in the institutions and palliative care services attached to Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) including outpatient clinic, at the home care services and inpatient unit.

Working hours:

All six weeks will be 6-day weeks. Work starts at 8.00 AM (9.00 AM on some days and finishes at 5.00 PM or till clinical work is completed, whichever is later.

If for some reason leave of absence is needed for unforeseeable reasons, the duration of the course will be extended by the number of days missed.

The learning process:

The bulk of the learning process will be by the bedside, in the outpatient department, in the wards, and at patients’ homes.

There will be one or two academic exercises every day – majority of the subjects will be covered in the form of interactive tutorials. Periodically the participant will be expected to make short presentations on some of the subjects as well as to present interesting reports of patients and problems.

All of palliative care cannot be covered in academic programs. The participant is encouraged to explore problems arising during clinical work and initiate academic discussions. We will provide enough flexibility with the academic program to encourage this.

At the beginning of the course, the participant will be given some reading material. In addition there will be access to a departmental library. You can have access to PubMed and some other academic sites in the department itself.

Log book:

You are also required to keep a log book of at least five reports – studies of patients – to include initial evaluation, treatment plan and progress over the period studied.


You will be given at least one assignment per week during the first five weeks. You are encouraged to use the library as well as internet to assist you in doing them. We expect that those who are not familiar with literature search using the internet will learn to do it during this course.

The student is expected to spend at least 10 hours per week going through background material.

The curriculum will be delivered in 10 modules, with accompanying assignments and examination.

Course fees:

The course fee will be US $1500. For candidates from within India, the course fee is ₹7,500. (Candidates deputed by Government of Kerala are eligible for subsidized fee of ₹5000.)

This is to be paid in full on intimation of acceptance. Admission to the course can be guaranteed only on payment of the fee.

Low cost accommodation can be arranged for those who need it. Please communicate with the course coordinator if you need it.

Course contents:

  • Module I Introduction to palliative care
  • Module II Disease process of cancer and other illnesses
  • Module III Principles of symptom management
  • Module IV Specific nursing issues in palliative care
  • Module V Communication and psychological issues
  • Module VI Ethics / Resources
  • Module VII Spiritual/Cultural/Social and sexual issues
  • Module VIII Grief and Bereavement
  • Module IX Pharmacology
  • Module X Management & the interdisciplinary team


Evaluation of light assignments, case presentations and topic presentations which together carries 60% of the total marks is done jointly by self (student), peer and faculty. The final examination which will be held on the 29th day of the course, carries 40% of the total marks. The student is given a certificate if she or he secures 50% marks. Reflective journal is required, but not graded.

For any assistance, please contact:

Course Co-ordinator,
Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS),
Pallium India, Aisha Memorial Hospital,
Manacaud P.O., Paruthikkuzhy,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695009
Kerala, India

Phone: +91 8589998760