Madonna University has an educational mission of instilling Christian humanistic values and intellectual inquiry along with the Franciscan ideal of ministering and serving others. To enhance the University mission and ideals, the faculty in the Hospice and Palliative Studies Department believe in the Hospice Philosophy as defined by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. In accordance with this belief, the program prepares students to serve diverse populations during the terminal phase of life and to perform effectively as members of an interdisciplinary team whose goal is to enhance the quality of life by focusing on the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the hospice patient and family while becoming leaders in the hospice and palliative movement.
Madonna University was among the first institutions to offer a degree-based curriculum in end-of-life care across the nation. Since its inception in 1984 with a certificate at the undergraduate level, the program has grown to master’s level offerings with courses and certificates in specialty areas within hospice and palliative studies. Special program features include a Certificate in Bereavement (available online and on campus) and Certificates in Hospice and Palliative Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The core definition of hospice care delivery is the interdisciplinary nature of the many hospice career options.