Schools that offer online courses for hospice care include Northcentral University, Baker College Online and Saint Joseph's University. These schools have several degree programs, including master and doctoral tracks. Most offer a range of degrees within those categories; Baker College has a bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration and a master's degree in Business Administration: Health Care Management, while Northcentral offers a master's, doctoral and PhD degree in Business Administration: Health Care Administration.
Some schools, like Saint Joseph's, have several specialized degrees. Saint Joseph's offers three master's degrees: one in Health Administration, one in Health Administration Informatics and one in Health Care Ethics. To begin work in the field, most hospice care workers obtain a bachelor's degree, then go on to earn a master's degree and even a PhD.
As with other types of home health care, hospice care workers do not follow a rigid, formal educational path. Some gain experience working as volunteers for professional hospice care organizations, such as the National Hospice Foundation and American Hospice Foundation.
Regardless of educational background, aspiring hospice care workers must learn a set of core skills. They learn basic safety skills, how to take and record vital signs and how to administer medication. Workers may also study nutrition and counseling for comprehensive care. They also take courses in pain management and bereavement. Following studies, they must earn a certificate to practice.