Master of Professional Studies in Aging Services Leadership

Program Overview

Lipscomb University has made a commitment to help find lasting and meaningful solutions to long-term and post-acute care challenges in the United States. The School of TransformAging’s Aging Services Leadership program aspires to offer the Nation’s most innovative graduate degree in aging services and to educate a new workforce who will passionately pursue careers with the aging and demonstrate a holistic skill set. 

The Master of Professional Studies in Aging Services Leadership is designed to prepare students academically and professionally for many career opportunities in the aging services profession. The multi-disciplinary curriculum requires students to complete ten three-credit hour classes.

Courses in Aging (AGE) Hours
6003 Aging: An Interdisciplinary Approach 3
6013 Ethical Issues in Aging  3
6103 The Care Continuum and Delivery System Trends* 3
6203 Innovations in Aging   3
6303 Leadership in Aging Services* 3
6403 Legal Issues in Aging* 3
6603 Elder Mediation and Intergenerational Communication* 3
6613 Spiritual Formation in the Aging and Aged 3
6513 Aging Policy and Finance 3
6993 TransformAging Project: Capstone  3

* These four courses constitute the Graduate Certificate in Aging Services Leadership.

Course Descriptions

AGE 6103 - The Care Continuum and Delivery System Trends (3) The course will provide a historical, philosophical, and managerial overview of seniors’ housing and care, along the entire care continuum. Special attention will be paid to nursing homes and senior housing options and their past, present and future role within the overall health care system in the United States. An examination of future service models which reflect the impact of demographics and the changing nature of family relationships on senior services delivery will be explored. Significant attention will be devoted to the determinants of quality care and the critical role of quality management.

AGE 6303 - Leadership in Aging Services (3) As a leader, your job is to produce results. This course examines leadership theory and practice in the context of aging services organizations. Students will be encouraged to consider their own personal leadership patterns and to develop their ability to match appropriate leadership behaviors to specific situations and organizational priorities.

AGE 6403 - Legal Issues in Aging (3) This course introduces students to the legal issues they are likely to face in managing an aging services organization. Students will be able to identify legal issues and to understand the legal ramifications of their decisions. Topics include regulatory issues, patients’ rights, antitrust, institutional liability, and employee relations. Students will also explore the regulatory process and examine proposed legislation and public policy.

AGE 6603 - Elder Mediation & Intergenerational Communication (3) As people age, individuals and families are faced with many difficult decisions and often conflict. Mediation can play a critical role in bringing older adults together with their family members, caregivers, healthcare and social service providers to have important conversations. This course prepares participants to practice transformative mediation in a way that responds to the needs of those present and respects each person’s decision-making capacity as they face critical times of transition. Focus will be placed on intergenerational communication theory and techniques. The interactive format will include lecture, discussion, and role plays.

AGE 6003 - Aging: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3) This course is intended to blend theory with practice by exposing students to cutting-edge, real-world issues in the aging services arena, while reinforcing the importance of integrating multiple academic disciplines in the study of aging. This course will explore the effects of aging on the mind, body, and spirit and reinforce the need to address all three for healthy aging.

AGE 6013 - Ethical Issues in Aging (3) This course focuses on the moral and ethical issues service professionals face when dealing with the aging. Through the use of case studies, various ethical decision making approaches will be taught. Current ethical issues will be explored including biomedical ethics.

AGE 6203 -  Innovations in Aging (3) The course introduces design thinking as a powerful approach to foster innovation, whether at the level of products and services, policy initiatives, or the creation of a new organization. To develop skills as design thinkers, students immerse in an intensive design exercise working in teams on an actual design problem.

AGE 6603 Elder Mediation & Intergenerational Communication (3)
As people age, individuals and families are faced with many difficult decisions and often conflict. Mediation can play a critical role in bringing older adults together with their family members, caregivers, health care and social service providers to have important conversations. This course prepares participants to practice transformative mediation in a way that responds to the needs of those present and respects each person’s decision-making capacity as they face critical times of transition. Focus will be placed on intergenerational communication theory and techniques. The interactive format will include lecture, discussion and role plays. 

AGE 6613 Spiritual Formation in the Aging and Aged (3)
The course provides an in-depth look at the relationship between aging and spirituality, centered around Christian spiritual formation. An extensive study of spiritual disciplines will occur as students learn how the aging and aged are conformed to the image of Christ. Explores the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and psychological dynamics of aging and how churches and service providers play an integral role in fostering successful aging in the U.S. 

AGE 6513 Aging Policy and Finance (3)
This course explores the “Silver Tsunami” and its impact on national, state and local policies that interact with organizations providing services to older adults and influencing the economic well-being of those older adults. The current and projected financial status of key entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will be analyzed. Students will gain a better understanding of personal healthcare/ long-term care financial management as well as that of the eldercare industry. 

AGE 6993 TransformAging® Project: Capstone (3)
This course will provide students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and experience by completing a research project in an applied setting. Students will work with a local organization serving older adults to conduct an interdisciplinary study to enhance the services of that organization.