Madonna University has an educational mission of instilling Christian humanistic values, intellectual inquiry and a commitment to serving others along with the Franciscan ideal of ministering and serving others. The Nursing Department strives to enhance the mission and ideals of Madonna University by following the Hospice Philosophy as defined by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
The purpose of the Hospice and Palliative Studies program is to comprehensively prepare students to serve diverse populations during the terminal phase of life, and to perform effectively as members of a transdisciplinary team whose goal is to enhance the quality of life by focusing on the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the hospice patient and family.
Madonna University offers the only degree-based curriculum in end-of-life care in the nation. Since inception in 1982 with a certificate at the undergraduate level, the program has grown to master’s level offerings with courses and certificates in specialty areas within hospice and palliative studies. Special program features include a Post-Master’s Certificate in Bereavement (available online) and certificates in Hospice and Palliative Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.