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Why Study Essentials End-of-Life at Madonna University?

Completing a Certification Hospice to compliment a degree in Aging Studies is just one example of how students discover an efficient pathway toward specialization, and compliment a selected major area of study. Health care today demands that students have experiences and knowledge about the coordination of care along a continuum.

Because hospice care delivery happens within and between an interdisciplinary team of professionals in a variety of settings, students are encouraged to explore an interdisciplinary plan of study to compliment any major – i.e., combining Hospice, Aging Studies, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Nursing, Religious Studies, Emergency Management, and/or Psychology. Meeting with an advisor in both the major/minor areas is the best way to keep the communication lines open between advisors, thereby maintaining an organized plan of study.

  • Learn from anywhere you have an internet connection – you can complete this degree in the classroom or 100% online

This certificate provides students with a basic overview of the core concepts and philosophy of transdisciplinary hospice and palliative care. Offered online and on campus, it is designed to supplement an existing degree or to serve as a foundational tool for employees and volunteers serving in the field of hospice and palliative care.

The Certificate is designed to reflect the hospice interdisciplinary team and includes content in the history and philosophy of hospice care, psychosocial domain, bereavement support, spiritual and ethical concerns of patients and families, and concludes with an overview of emerging trends and topics in hospice and palliative care. This cutting edge content was recently revised by a generous grant from the Felician Sister’s and is taught by faculty who also practice clinically in the field of hospice and palliative care.




Volunteer Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator


Spiritual Care Coordinator

Education Coordinator

Home Health Aides

Grief Counselors Quality Improvement
Rehabilitation Therapists Art/Music Therapists Human Resources
Secretary/Receptionist Dietitians Financial Officer
Billing Clerk Psychologists/Psychiatrists Fund Raising Coordinator


Social Workers
Bereavement Coordinator


Katylnn Burns

Katylnn Burns '16, graduated with a double major in Hospice and Palliative Studies and Nursing.

“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.”

Makenzie Jakuowski

Makenzie Jakuowski
In her own words
: "I transferred to Madonna University in 2011 because I was drawn to the smaller class sizes and availability of online and evening classes. After a couple of semesters at Madonna, I realized I was being led to Hospice and Palliative care so I declared that my major. I am glad that I did because through my internship, and prior to graduating, I was able to secure a full time, non-clinical position with a hospice and palliative care agency.

My most notable experience at Madonna was with the professors. I have never met a more compassionate, gracious and supportive group of educators in my life. I am forever grateful to them for allowing me to be a part of their lives, for sharing their life experiences and for the patience and understanding they have shown me. Their passion for hospice truly shows through in their teaching."