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Aging Studies Areas of Study – The graduate programs are highlighted with a dark background.
Activity and Program Planning Aging and Older Adults
Aging Studies Care Management
Dementia Care Eldercare Practice
Gerontology Long Term Care Administration
Nursing Home Administration Pre-Licensure  

The mission of the Department of Gerontology is to prepare students to address the concerns of an aging population and to promote the potential of people in their later years.

Gerontology is the study of the aging process and of people growing from middle age through their later years. Students in the Gerontology programs at Madonna University generally seek entry-level to mid-level positions working with older adults, pursue advancement in their current employment, or aim to redirect their current work to the gerontology field. Several programs of study in Gerontology are available to meet varying interests and objectives.

The department's goals are to prepare individuals who:

  • Understand the physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of aging
  • Demonstrate writing and research skills
  • Advocate for and with older adults from a variety of backgrounds and functional abilities
  • Access appropriate community resources
  • Create, monitor and administer different environments
  • Evaluate aging public policy
  • Integrate personal values with professional responsibilities
  • Promote the ideals of gerontology by assisting older people


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