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Master in Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing


Cancer is the second leading cause of death among Palestinian population, and with an estimated incidence increase between 2.5- 24% annually since 2010. Nurses play an important role in the provision high quality care to cancer patients as well as risk reduction, service coordination, and health promotion.听 Palestine witness a severe shortage of qualified oncology nurses in both private and public sectors. This shortage is expected to be deepened in the midst of increasing cancer incidence and the establishment of new oncology centers. The shortage in specialized and qualified oncology nursing staff, as well as unstructured training programs, are challenges to improving cancer care in Palestine (Halahleh & Gale, 2018).

This proposed master program in Oncology and Palliative care nursing at AAUP is expected to provide exceptional oncology nurses who will be capable to fill the gaps and meet the oncology and palliative health care needs in Palestine.


  • Prepare future leaders with in depth knowledge and skills who can influence health policy and improve oncology health care delivery system.
  • Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing and related disciplines to provide comprehensive oncology and palliative care.
  • Promote understanding of oncology and palliative, care and the role of oncology nurse in the health care settings to enhance diseases prevention and health promotion.
  • Provide students with the tools needed for critical thinking and analytical processes in the implementation of safe, ethical oncology services.
  • Strengthen student鈥檚 ability to conduct research, scholarly activities, and evidence-based practice related to oncology nursing practice.


After completion the program requirements the students are expected to

  1. Use advanced knowledge in pathophysiology, health assessment, and pharmacology oncology to influence oncology care services at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
  2. Demonstrate competent skills in the care of oncology patients and their families鈥 through-out the disease process.
  3. Implement holistic care approach for cancer patients including the use of bio psychosocial model in health care.
  4. Demonstrate advance skills in research utilization and evidence-based practice in cancer genetics and pharmacogenomics in the care of oncology patients.
  5. Exhibit leadership, ethical behaviors, attitudes, and exceptional communication skills to influence policy changes, and service delivery.
  6. Appraise decision making and critical thinking in the provision of high-quality oncology and palliative nursing care.
  7. Identify risk factors for cancer and describe approaches for prevention, screening, early detection and health promotion.
  8. Demonstrate competency in safe administration of cancer therapies necessary to manage adverse reactions to treatment.

Careers of Graduates

The field of Master of Science in Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing is receiving a considerable attention in recent years and expected to continue for many years ahead for its integral role in the care of cancer patients. Obtaining a master鈥檚 degree in Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing is becoming one of the highest needed degrees worldwide.

Professionals with a Master鈥檚 degree in Oncology and Palliative Care Nursing can have several career paths to choose including but not limited to:

  • Academic Career (education and teaching)
  • Specialty Nurse in Oncology and palliative care departments
  • Disease Prevention Educator and Psychosocial Supporter
  • Researcher in Oncology and Palliative Care
  • Oncology department director
  • Government organizations
  • International health organizations like WHO
  • Non-government and voluntary organizations
  • Expert in听development of oncology clinical practice
  • Oncology Program Manager
  • Global Consultant in oncology and Palliative care
  • Global Educator in oncology and Palliative care
  • Pain management expert
  • Quality improvement specialist
  • Genetics Expert and Policy Analyst