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MSHP Hospice and Palliative Studies Plan of Study

MSHP Hospice and Pallative Studies | Bereavement Cognate | Business Cognate | Education Cognate | Nursing Cognate | Pastoral Ministry Cognate | MSHP Prerequisite Sequence
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MSHP Hospice and Pallative Studies


   Program Requirements (30 cr. to be chosen)


      Hosp & Pall Studies Core (16 cr. to be chosen)

         HSP 5005   History, Philosophy and Practice of Hospice&Palliative Care (HSP*/NUR) 2 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Examination of historical, religious, social, and cultural perspectives of serious illness and end of life care. Emphasis is on the evolution of the hospice and palliative care philosophy and how it is incorporated across the life cycle in various settings through interdisciplinary care, including the role of government and professional organizations in the development and provision of quality end of life care. Nursing students in AP Hospice and Palliative Care tracks register for 2 cr. All others register for 3 cr. Prerequisite or corequisite for nursing students: NUR 5010. 
         HSP 5010   Dimensions of Bereavement: Theory, Research, and Practice 3 cr.  Identification and examination of current and emerging bereavement theories, emphasizing transdisciplinary clinical application with grieving individuals and families. The grieving process as a progression of coping, management, and growth through significant losses and life transitions. Skill development in designing effective coping strategies that facilitate healing in families and communities. Intended for persons desiring to work in palliative/end-of-life care settings and related health care and human service fields. Corequisite or prerequisite: HSP 5005. 
         HSP 6000   Advanced Holistic Palliative Care 3 cr.  Examines the provision of comprehensive holistic palliative care for patients with advanced illness, the terminally ill, and their families. Multidimensional aspects of pain and suffering and the impact on the patient/family and hospice interdisciplinary teams are discussed within theoretical and practical perspectives. Synthesizes requirements needed for the delivery of quality end of life care within a complex health care system that includes hospice and other models of palliative care delivery particularly relevant for hospice administrators and leaders. Communication strategies and practices are examined as they relate to advanced/terminal illness, ethical patient care, dying and death. Prerequisite or corequisite: HSP 5005. 
         HSP 6010   Ethical and Legal Issues in End-of-Life Care 3 cr.  Development of a framework for analyzing ethical and legal issues in the delivery of care and decision-making on a continuum of care from serious illness to end-of-life. Includes the examination of cross-cultural beliefs and practices related to end-of-life care as a basis for ethical decision-making. Addresses the role of ethics committees in resolving ethical dilemmas including the responsibilities of ethics committee members and consultants. 
         HSP 6020   Practicum I 4 cr.  Concurrent seminar and practicum experience involving the synthesis of hospice concepts and theories related to selected roles and functions as performed by the interdisciplinary team in end-of-life care delivery. Students gain practice skills and competencies needed to contribute to high quality end-of-life care through a supervised practicum within a hospice and palliative care setting. Prerequisites: HSP 5005, HSP 5010, HSP 6000, HSP 6010. 

      Capstone (5 cr. to be chosen)


         Pall/EndofLife Pract&Proj (5 cr. to be chosen)

            HSP 6930   Practicum II and Project 5 cr.  Integration of all previous course work and additional practice experiences in which students deepen their knowledge and skill in the selected area of service. Students address a current issue or opportunity within hospice/palliative/health care settings by completing a capstone project with supervision by faculty advisor/agency preceptor within the palliative/end of life care practice setting. Students also design and complete their professional portfolio. Prerequisites: HSP 5005, HSP 5010, HSP 6000, HSP 6010, HSP 6020. 

         Thesis: Req Rsrch Courses (6 cr. to be chosen)

            BR  6430   Managerial Research Design 3 cr.  A capstone research course in which students apply knowledge from previous course work to develop a research project proposal including the introduction, literature review, and methodology chapters. Students select, develop, and formulate a plan of analysis for their chosen research topic within their specialty discipline. Taken in the final year of the student’s program. 
            HSP 6840   Research Project Thesis 3 cr.  Preparation, composition, and completion of a project or thesis related to hospice education. Discussion of legal and ethical issues related to research within a hospice setting. Research procedures and requirements specific to Madonna University discussed. Students work with a thesis advisor to assure agreement as to goals. Prerequisite: all core courses, cognates, and electives must have been completed and a thesis advisor selected. 

      Cognate Option (9 cr. to be chosen)

Bereavement Cognate    

   Cognate Requirements (9 cr. to be chosen)

      HSP 5210   Trauma, Loss and Grief: Helping Families Heal 3 cr.  In-depth analysis of family dynamics following normative loss, traumatic loss or other life transition events. Theoretical foundations include family systems theory, family developmental/lifespan theories, crisis and communication theory, attachment theory, and grief theories that promote adaptation and transformation through the grieving process. The social context of grief is explored at the individual, familial and societal levels of intervention as they impact family structure and cohesiveness. Students explore their own family-of-origin loss experiences through analysis of case studies, popular cultural portrayal of loss in videos and music, and selected experiential activities such as relaxation, meditation, and writing/journaling. 
      HSP 5310   Evolving Trends in Trauma, Loss, and Bereavement 3 cr.  Examine the historical context of trauma, loss, and bereavement including traditional medical model practices and application of emerging knowledge in neurophysiology and the biopsychosocial-spiritual models to promote deeper awareness of the intricacies involved in quality of life and healing following loss and traumatic life events. Selected emerging theories in health care and mental health fields are reviewed including an overview of the application of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual-V (DSM-V) in treatment and intervention of specific conditions/disorders related to the grieving process. 
      HSP 5410   Integrative Treatment Modalities in Trauma, Loss and Grief 3 cr.  Examination of the wide range of community services available to the bereaved, including those with normative life losses and those affected by traumatic loss or persistent complex bereavement disorder. Identification and appraisal of existing trauma and grief counseling approaches, support groups, prevention, educational and intervention models. Application and hands-on practice with emerging integrative treatment modalities and how they facilitate healing across health care, human service and hospice/palliative/EOL care settings. Secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout as they occur in professional practice with clients will be explored with recommended prevention and coping strategies for care providers. 
Business Cognate    

   Cognate Requirements (9 cr. to be chosen)

      MGT 5500   Human Resource Management and Development 3 cr.  Theory and practice of human resource management in organizations. Emphasis is placed on the relevant functions of HRM such as staffing, recruitment, selections, performance assessment, career development, education and training, labor relations, reward systems, and employee health and safety. Discussion of contemporary HRM issues and analysis of case studies that clarify the appropriate role of human resources within organizational and business planning and operations. 
      MGT 6300   Organizational Leadership 3 cr.  Address the challenges faced by for-profit and nonprofit organizations by understanding the unique institutional context and the behavior of individuals within these organizations. Review relevant research related to for-profit and nonprofit organizations, bridging theory and practice to address complex management issues. Examine relevant legal and ethical issues related to organizational theory and human behavior and the implications of such intersection for the modern organization. 
      MKT 5160   Marketing Essentials 3 cr.  Study of marketing concepts, terminology, and applications. Study of the role and operation of marketing functions and their influence on the organization both internally and externally. 
Education Cognate    

   Cognate Requirements (9 cr. to be chosen)


      EDU 5060/NUR 5020 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

         EDU 5060   Research and Educational Practice 3 cr.  A focus on the knowledge and skills needed by educators to understand, evaluate, and use research. Critical analysis of the major principles of teaching and classroom learning. Applying research skills to researching and critically analyzing recent trends and traditional theories in the field of education. 
         NUR 5020   Teaching-Learning Principles and Strategies 3 cr.  The theoretical perspectives and factors that influence teaching and learning in higher and continuing education are analyzed. Emotional, social, cultural, and cognitive factors that affect learning are considered. The impact of these variables on planning and instruction, classroom management and teaching methodology are explored. 
      EDU 5720   Diversity, Local Communities and Global Connections 3 cr.  Study of diversity in modern eLearning settings and the implications for practice. The course focuses on a critical theory interpretation of multiculturalism, changing demographics, and the building of partnerships. Global connections are made in order to enable instructors to work professionally with their diverse learning communities. A field component consisting of a learning community case study is integrated into the course. 
      EDU 5950   Curriculum Leadership 3 cr.  Examines a broad perspective of leadership in instructional areas, current issues in the educational field, and processes of change and reculturing in teaching and learning based on the latest research. Focus on leaders in the field of educational change and curriculum theory; managing change within the committee infrastructure and collaborative process to improve student instruction; communication processes; the restructuring movement; and leadership qualities of teachers and administrators involved in systemic change. Emphasis on the concept of the coherent curriculum and the interconnection of teaching and learning standards, as well as the “best practices” research. Learning opportunities are kept flexible to reflect current issues in instructional leadership, student growth, and staff professional development. 
Nursing Cognate    

   Cognate Requirements (9 cr. to be chosen)

      NUR 5010   Professional Foundations for Advanced Roles in Nursing 3 cr.  The professional foundations of advanced roles in nursing. Examination of nursing as a profession and practice discipline, ethics, scope of practice, and roles of graduate-prepared nurses. 
      NUR 5150   Translating&Integrating Scholarship into Advanced Nursing Practice 3 cr.  The methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality improvement and research. Integration of theory, evidence, clinical judgment, research, and interprofessional perspectives using translational scholarship. Prerequisite: MTH 2350 or equivalent within past five years. 
      NUR 5480   Theoretical & Scientific Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 cr.  Analysis of nursing and other theories from the humanities and related sciences that are used in advanced nursing practice roles, with a focus on selected grand and middle-range theories and concepts related to teaching and learning, epidemiology, genetics, and health promotion. Prerequisite or corequisite: NUR 5010. 
Pastoral Ministry Cognate    

   Cognate Requirements (9 cr. to be chosen)


      EV 5300/MT 6750 Option (2 cr. to be chosen)

         EV  5300   Conversion and Reconciliation 2 cr.  (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) A study of the personal and social realities of evil, sin, guilt, sickness, alienation in light of the created order in Jesus Christ. Emphasis will be placed on Christian reconciliation and the dynamics of conversion as a life long process and sacramental event. The historical, theological, and pastoral aspects of the sacraments of Penance and Anointing will be examined. 
         MT  6750   Foundations of Christian Moral Life 3 cr.  (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) A systematic examination of the Christian moral life and the virtues, moral principles, and norms necessary for living that life. The course investigates Sacred Scripture, human reason, human nature, the Magisterium, sin and grace, the different methods of moral decision making, and Catholic social teaching. (Co- or Prerequisite: THE 2740 or equivalent) 
      PM  7150   Pastoral Care of the Sick 3 cr.  (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) A study of the spiritual, sacramental, and physical needs of the sick and terminally ill; introduction to the Catholic Rite “Pastoral Care of the Sick”; ministry to the sick in their home and institutional setting with special attention to various religious and cultural customs; communication and helping skills. Each student will participate as a presenter and facilitator in theological reflection. 

      PM 6600/7000/7200 Option (4 cr. to be chosen)

         PM  6600   Pastoral Counseling 2 cr.  (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) A study and practice of the elements of the counseling relationship including confidentiality, listening skills, counselor-client agreement. Special attention is paid to the distinction between pastoral counseling and spiritual direction and the process of assessment and referral. 
         PM  7000   Ministry to the Elderly 2 cr.  (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) A study of ministry to the aging: the aging process and the death and dying process and their personal, relational, theological, sacramental, and pastoral dimensions; some ethical questions posed by modern medical technology. 
         PM  7200   Pastoral Care of the Family 2 cr.  (Sacred Heart Major Seminary) A examination of psychological, biblical, and magisterial foundations of family life and ministry. An exploration of contemporary family issues, such as marriage enrichment, parenting, extended family dynamics, crisis intervention and referral, and cultural concerns. This course will also consider the skills and resources necessary for competent pastoral care of the family. 
MSHP Prerequisite Sequence    

   Prerequisite Requirements (4 cr. to be chosen)

      BR  5200   Essentials of Research 1 cr.  The focus of the course is to make sense of research, find meaning in one’s particular discipline, and to develop the skills to critique research literature. The course prepares students for future research courses by presenting the conceptual basis of design and decisions regarding statistical analyses. Students will be expected to search and obtain current research literature through use of library databases. 
      BR  5210   Quantitative Methods for Business Research 3 cr.  Introduction to the practical uses of quantitative and qualitative statistical methods and their applications in business. Emphasis is placed on the collection, analysis, interpretation, and explanation of the data using statistical software. Prerequisite: BR 5200. 
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