Hospice and Palliative Studies
Promote connection, healing in relationships, and helping each other live meaningful and purpose-driven lives.
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.
See which program best suits your career goals:
The focus of this post-master’s certificate is to further prepare certified APRNs to provide high quality hospice and palliative care services. Advanced practice palliative care nursing serves patients, families, and caregivers during serious, progressive illnesses. Palliative care APRNs provide holistic care that focuses on disease management, symptom relief, emotional distress, care transitions, and loss.
The hospice and palliative studies certificate is recommended for students who wish to supplement an existing graduate degree and/or those desiring to enhance their knowledge base for advanced work within the field of hospice and palliative care. This certificate provides students with a strong foundation regarding the core concepts and philosophy of interdisciplinary hospice care.
|Education Liaison or Patient/Family Liaison|
|Funderal Home Afer Care Support|
|Hospice CNA (combined training)|
|Hospice Nurse (double major/minor)|
|Physician Assistant (graduate school)|
|Social Worker (double major/minor)|
|University Professor (graduate school)|
|Volunteer Services Manager|
|East Tennessee University|
|Madonna University (Pastoral; Hospice)|
|University of Minnesota|
|University of Southern California|
|Wayne State University|
|Angela Hospice and Home Care|
|Arbor Hospice and Homecare|
|Henry Ford Hospices|
|Hospital Palliative Care Programs|
|Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facilities|
|Sand Castles Grief Support|
|Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care|
A certificate in HPS complements other programs, i.e., social work, aging studies, health sciences, criminal justice, nursing, religious studies, and mental health.
Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan (HPCAM): With the advent of the Medicare and Medicaid hospice benefits in the mid 80's, the hospice community experienced increased access and a sophistication of the business of hospice. In the mid 90's, the organization realized the extensive interdisciplinary and holistic system of care (currently also referred to as "palliative care") that is offered to the dying has the application in the care arena outside of hospice. The organization, in anticipation of expanded application of hospice and palliative care expertise, changed its name to the Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (MHPCO) in the spring of 1999. In 2012, the organization changed its name to "The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan" to reflect its true nature as an association.
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
"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."
Katylnn Burns, Class of 2016
“The Hospice and Palliative Studies course work has amplified me on a personal and professional level. Through the course work I was exposed to the various aspects of the experience of dying, and learning about the interdisciplinary team approach to assist the patient and family during their final stages of living. The experiences throughout the program have enhanced my ability to serve others in a dynamic and compassionate manner. My marketability and quantity of job prospects have increased because of my hospice specialty. The overall experience at Madonna University has enriched me spiritually and culturally, which will definitely create a positive impact on the lives of the families that I serve, and in my own life.”
Nancy Wegmann, Class of 2015
"My degree in hospice and palliative studies has helped me in so many ways. I learned about being a better listener and it has helped me help families and caregivers get through some of the most stressful and difficult times of their lives. I listen to their concerns and answer their questions about hospice care. I assist caregivers by offering comfort and support during care and after the loss of a client. I am a different person now than I was before I started school at Madonna. I have always been a compassionate person but now I am even more compassionate towards others. It has seemed to make me a better person all around."
What did you like about being a student at Madonna University?
"Some of the best times at Madonna University involved the two internship opportunities
I had within the hospice program. Spending time within each discipline gave me an
understanding of the intricacies involved in the hospice care team. I am so grateful
that I interfaced with professional people who mentored me along the way. As a Madonna
student I really appreciated the option to take classes online or on campus. I am
a single mother, and going back to school after I graduated from Schoolcraft College
was overwhelming. But I felt that I needed to continue on with my education. So now
in my mid-40's I am proud to say I received a Bachelor’s degree in Hospice and Palliative
Studies! I would not have been able to work a full time job and go to school if the
classes weren’t flexible enough to fit into my schedule.
Besides my family, this has been the greatest achievement in my life and I am looking forward to where the path will lead me next. I am proof that one is never too old to set a goal and achieve it no matter what obstacles may come their way.
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 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.