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The Graduate School Madonna University
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Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
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MS Senior Living Administration Plan of Study

MS Senior Living Administration | Hospice Services Concentration | Independent and Assisted Living Concentration | Nursing Home Administration Concentration
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MS Senior Living Administration


   Program Requirements (33 cr. to be chosen)


      Senior Living Admin Core (18 cr. to be chosen)


         ACC 5150/5250 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

            ACC 5150   Financial Accounting 3 cr.  Fundamental principles of external financial reporting emphasizing the accounting concepts, procedures, and standards that guide the preparation, interpretation and reporting of financial accounting information. 
            ACC 5250   Managerial Accounting for Decision Making 3 cr.  Developing and using managerial accounting information to make informed decisions in the areas of planning, controlling, and performance evaluation. Emphasis is placed on budgeting and analyzing cost management systems to enhance administrative and leadership functions, along with improving organizational performance. Prerequisite: ACC 5150. 
         AGE 5010   Proposal Writing and Grant Administration 3 cr.  Students will learn about the role of grants in agency funding and develop the basic skills needed to write a successful proposal to compete for funds from outside sources. Topics include: generating program ideas; researching funding sources; establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships; proposal planning and development; establishing and analyzing program metrics; administration, reporting, and accounting for funds and program deliverables. Graduate students will independently plan and develop a grant proposal with an emphasis on the wider non-profit business environment. 
         AGE 5500   Optimal Dementia Care 1 cr.  Overview of the challenges inherent to providing optimal experiences to persons with dementia and best and emerging practices in the field, with particular emphasis on understanding the pathophysiology of the most common diagnoses within the dementia syndrome, the importance of embedding the personal history of the resident into the care plan, optimal employment of implicit memory, use of the environment, and empathic approaches. 
         AGE 5600   Quality of Life in Residential Settings 3 cr.  Examination of the elements of the social and physical residential environment that contribute to the quality of life of the residents. The course will particularly focus on person-centered practices, promotion of resident autonomy, the cultivation of compassion, principles of life satisfaction, and creating a supportive environment. 
         AGE 5850   Gerontology Management 3 cr.  Examination of gerontology management techniques. Focus on basic principles of management as they relate to senior living and human services. Graduate students will analyze and solve authentic senior living management challenges. 
         AGE 6950   Capstone Project 3 cr.  Integration of all previous coursework and hands-on experiences, in which students deepen their knowledge and skills in a selected area of study. Students address a current issue or opportunity within senior living administration by completing a capstone project with supervision by faculty advisor/agency preceptor within a senior living or hospice setting. Students also design and complete their professional portfolio. 
         NUR 5030   Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology 2 cr. (Not To Exceed 4 cr.)  Exploration of interdisciplinary perspectives on caring for older adults using a system based approach. Topics to be discussed include resource access and allocation, regulatory guidelines and health policy, ethnogeriatrics, nutrition, vulnerabilities with life transitions, psychology of aging, and end of life care. For those electing four semester hours, a field activity is required which includes a 60 hour interdisciplinary team experience. For those electing three or more semester hours, NFS 2220 or NFS 2270 or equivalent is a prerequisite. 

      Electives (9 cr. to be chosen)

         AGE 6100   Senior Living Design and Development 3 cr.  Fundamentals of identifying markets within geographic locations, selecting building sites, securing financing, working with development partners, risk management, and design of senior living communities. 
         HSA 5300   Health Care Decision Making 3 cr.  An examination of managerial and operational responsibilities in a variety of health care settings. Managing human resources, regulatory compliance and fiscal opportunities and constraints within the health care industry. The role of organizational dynamics and their impact on operations and ultimately the delivery of effective and efficient patient care. 
         HSA 6040   High Performance Health Service Delivery 3 cr.  The development of a comprehensive performance management system studied by applying best practices of high performing health care organizations. Content areas include: recruiting, orienting, selecting, setting performance expectations, evaluating performance, productivity, and dismissal practices; developing and training employees. Prerequisite: HSA 5300. 
         HSA 6050   Marketing for Improved Health Service Delivery 3 cr.  The application of marketing process planning concepts to solve problems related to patient satisfaction and health service quality in various health care settings. Special attention is paid to communications strategy and the public image of the entire health service organization. 
         HSA 6060   Legal Issues in Health Care 3 cr.  Examination of the nature of the legal environment and issues that confront the health care industry. Risk management policies and procedures within the organization are examined as they relate to insurance, federal, and state laws. 
         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. 
         MGT 5300   Leadership of Organizational Behavior 3 cr.  Introduces students to research-based principles and practices for leading high performance individuals, teams, and organizations (nonprofit, for-profit, health care, and educational). Students learn to de-construct complex organizational dynamics that help and hinder goal achievement and employ critical thinking skills in providing practical applications for enhancing high performance. 
         MGT 5400   Organizational Effectiveness and Change Management 3 cr.  An analysis of organizational theories, culture, design, structure, systems, processes, and policies that influence organizational behavior. In addition, theories, methods and practices of organization change and development are introduced as a means of addressing organizational ineffectiveness and maximizing organizational vitality. 
         MGT 5570   Strategic Management 3 cr.  Integration and application of the core disciplines of business to enable students to develop effective decision-making skills. Tools and techniques for developing leadership strategy in view of corporate policy and competing stakeholders’ needs and interests are explored. The case study method, strategic plan development and analysis is applied to a cross-section of firms and corporate entities. 
         MGT 6110   Entrepreneurial Leadership in Non-Profits 3 cr.  Feasibility and market research analysis for the start-up of a new nonprofit venture or a subsidiary entity. Assessment of a present nonprofit organization and introducing an organizational renewal initiative where appropriate: entity formation, values, mission, vision, goals, and operational objectives formation. The second half of the course provides students the opportunity to work with nonprofit executives in applying their competencies in the field in partnership with them. 
         MIS 5230   Health Care Informatics 2 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Understanding the role of informatics in health care management. Topics include evidenced-based care, management of health delivery systems, health promotion education, and the use of electronic medical records. Emphasis on utilization of data management techniques to improve patient care. Ethical concerns and leadership styles will be addressed. Nursing administration students register for 2 cr.; non-nursing students register for 3 cr. Corequisite for nursing administration students: NUR 5230. 

      Concentration Option (6 cr. to be chosen)

Hospice Services Concentration    

   Concentration Courses (6 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 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. 
Independent and Assisted Living Concentration    

   Concentration Courses (6 cr. to be chosen)

      AGE 5820   Independent and Assisted Living Administration I 3 cr.  An overview of licensing, regulations, public policy and financing related to independent senior housing, assisted living, home for the aged, continuing care retirement communities, and adult foster care. Topics include: governmental authorities related to these settings, funding alternatives and requirements, construction financing, funder oversight, inspections, complaint reporting, policy trends, and other legal and regulatory obligations. 
      AGE 5840   Independent and Assisted Living Administration II 3 cr.  Discussion of the functional centers within independent and assisted living residences, including admission, resident and family orientation, dining, environmental services, housekeeping, life enrichment, and resident care, including the integration of technology into senior living operations, as well as managing risk associated with each function. 
Nursing Home Administration Concentration    

   Concentration Courses (6 cr. to be chosen)

      AGE 5870   Nursing Home Administration I 3 cr.  An overview of health, administrative, and leadership concerns in a nursing home. Topics include: Federal and State regulations in relation to public policy and leadership, pharmacology, infection control, nursing, quality assurance, insurances, and accounting and budgeting. Graduate students will develop a plan to improve quality while managing costs. 
      AGE 5880   Nursing Home Administration II 3 cr.  An overview of health, administrative, and leadership concerns in a nursing home. Topics include: Federal and State regulations in relation to life safety code, social services and activity therapy, dietary services, physical plant, and occupational safety and health; normal aging; and the legal environment of a licensed nursing home. Graduate students will analyze the elements required for continuous quality improvement. 
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