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In spite of advances in medicine and medical technology, cure have not been found for every disease. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge of End of Life Care (EoLC) by nursing students in a tertiary institution in Edo state as well as determine if their perception is influenced by their level of study. Findings shows that 53 (38.4%) of the respondents regard EoLC as part of the nursing curriculum while 85 (61.6%) said it was not. 55(39.9%) of the respondents agree that EoLC information should be given to dying patients while the remaining 71 (51.4%) strongly agree with a mean and standard deviation of 3.42 ± 0.67. Recommendation of a structured nursing curriculum that introduces EoLC and communication skills in all nursing courses early is made; while patients and their families should be given information early to enable them make informed decision in the care of their loved ones
Keywords: Keywords: End of life care, perception, Knowledge, Nursing students.