Discover the transcendent in everyday life

The needs of our aging population require more professionals trained in hospice and palliative studies (HPS) to provide end-of-life care for patients, and bereavement support for their grieving families. Our certificate programs include interdisciplinary, cutting-edge content with specialties in integrative medicine, clinical grief counseling/family therapy, nursing home administration, hospice and palliative care nursing, and management. For many, the program becomes a spiritual quest and personal journey to discover the transcendent in everyday life and relationships.

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Student Success

Alumnae Katylnn Mary Kraft

Mary C. Kraft, '17

What year did you graduate with your certificate?
"2017 Master's Certificate in Bereavement, Trauma and Loss."

Where are you working now?
"New Hope Center for Grief Support in Northville, MI."

How has your hospice certificate(s) helped you in your current work or related service role?
"I am the Program Director for a grief support organization. We serve grieving children and families by providing special events and programs. We serve adults in grief by providing on-going support groups, seminars and workshops to help them understand and normalize grief and connect with others who have experienced similar losses at similar times in their lives."

In thinking about your time at Madonna University, what are the highlights? What stands out for you? What did you like about being a student at Madonna?
"The staff, Dr. Kelly Rhoades, Dr. Kathy Aseltyne, Ms. Anna Kostaraff and others of the Hospice and Palliative program are genuine. They know and understand the grief process and work to help improve society by enabling students to do our best and serve the grievers who need to know that grief is normal not crazy. They are also great advocates for the hospice movement that helps provide a more humane and family focused life until death."


Faculty Bios

Tracey E. ChanChair of Graduate Nursing and Hospice Programs and Associate Professor 

B.S.N., Oakland University

M.S.N., Madonna University

PhD, Duquesne University

Nurse Educator Certificate, University of Detroit Mercy


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Tracey E. Chan

Tracey is an adult nurse practitioner and joined Madonna's full-time faculty in 2012. She teaches in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program in which she serves as the lead faculty. She continues her clinical practice caring for the underserved 1 day a week at McAuley Health Center in Detroit. Her research interests include competency-based education, clinical readiness, nurse practitioner practice, and weight loss. She is on the board of the Michigan Primary Care Consortium and a member of Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner, Sigma Theta Tau, and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She also serves as the faculty mentor for the Madonna University Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner student chapter.

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Jennifer ReynoldsAssistant Professor

A.D.N.,  Henry Ford College

B.S.N., University of Phoenix

D.N.P., Wayne State University

Jennifer Reynolds

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