Department of Health and Aging Services Leadership
Dr. David G. Wolf, Ph.D., MSJ, MSOL, Department Chair and Professor
The Department of Health and Aging Services Leadership at Bellarmine prepares students for a range of careers as leaders in health services and senior living, or for continuing their education in graduate programs. The program helps students understand the broader context of health services delivery to prepare for careers in assisted living communities, senior housing, skilled nursing, home- and community-based services organizations, and hospice and palliative care organizations.
Students choose from one of three majors to pursue a career in health and aging services: Bachelor of Arts in Aging Studies, Bachelor of Science in Senior Living Leadership, or a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. The curriculum focuses on important factors in aging services, including current trends, quality assurance and performance improvement, financial implications, leadership strategies, health policy, and ethical considerations in delivering care. Students synthesize contemporary best practices to include programmatic, financial, clinical, logistical, and technological aspects in the development and implementation an organization’s strategic plan.
Our students complete an experiential learning component through a 500-hour or 1,000-hour internship program. Bellarmine partners with many local care communities to host students for this experience, where executive directors and administrators serve as a “preceptor,” and students gain experience while assisting their site with projects to improve the quality of care delivered to residents, as well as increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
If you are interested in serving as a preceptor to one of our students, please contact Dr. Wolf using the information above. The Department is guided by an Advisory Board of local health services leaders, representing companies such as Trilogy Health Services, Nazareth Home, Atria Senior Living, as well as provider associations such as the Kentucky Senior Living Association.
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