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The Aging Studies Program offers a flexible, convenient opportunity for personal growth, higher education, and professional development for persons interested in aging and in working with older adults in various environments.

In 1974, Madonna University established one of the first undergraduate Aging Studies programs  in the country. Currently, it is the only undergraduate Department of Aging Studies in the State of Michigan and is one of few in the nation. The mission of the Department of Aging Studies is to prepare students to address the concerns of an aging population and to promote the potential of people in their later years.

Unique Features

  • Quality program with an innovative curriculum
  • Faculty involvement; supportive staff
  • The practical combined with the theoretical
  • Ethical, professional, and humanistic approach
  • Non-traditional, adaptable, and unique
  • Accessible to student and community
  • Individualized plans of study
  • Small, personalized classes
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Student diversity

The program encourages an interdisciplinary approach and often students combine gerontology studies with business, criminal justice, nursing, education, hospice, psychology, religious studies, pastoral ministry, sign language, sociology, or social work.

Program Specifics
Students may pursue a Certificate of Achievement or Completion, associate or bachelor of science degree.  Students can specialize in Case Management, Activity and Program Planning, Dementia Care, Eldercare Practice, or Nursing Home Administration.

Note: All courses have been approved for continuing education credit in the renewal of the Nursing Home Administrator License.

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