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Nancy O'ConnorGraduate Nursing Program Overview
Students enrolled in the Madonna University Department of Nursing graduate program complete certificates, master's, and/or doctoral degrees in order to assume a variety of advanced nursing roles. Students experience personal growth while also promoting excellence and leadership in the nursing profession. The program exemplifies the Catholic Franciscan intellectual tradition of Madonna University, preparing nurses who promote ethically based, high quality health care guided by values of stewardship. Integrating creative inquiry, leadership and relationship based care, students use scholarly processes to improve health care practice and health outcomes.

Overarching MSN and post graduate APRN Program Guidelines
Nursing Graduate Program Outcomes (MSN level):

  1. Demonstrate the appropriate specialized body of knowledge and experiential base for the assumption of roles within advanced nursing practice.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with creative inquiry, leadership, and relationship-based care to inform advanced nursing practice and to foster personal and professional growth.
  3. Engage in advanced nursing practice that promotes quality health care that is ethically based and guided by values of stewardship.
  4. Use scholarly processes to improve practice and associated health outcomes through integration of theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and interprofessional collaboration

Overarching Post Master's DNP Program Outcomes
Program Outcomes:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from multiple disciplines/perspectives to assume clinical leadership responsibilities at the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Integrate theoretical and interprofessional collaborative skills in diverse and complex environments to influence health care outcomes and impact health care policy.
  3. Engage in leadership roles based on values of stewardship to promote quality health care that is ethically based.

Use creative inquiry to generate knowledge and practice innovations through synthesis and translation of evidence from nursing and other disciplines.

Historical Overview of the Graduate Nursing Program
 Since 1982, the program has offered pathways leading to nursing administration specialization through first offering the MSA degree and currently the MSN degree in nursing administration. Currently, both the single MSN degree and a dual degree with business administration are available. From 1994 through 2010 MSN degrees with specialization as clinical nurse specialists in adult health were offered. In 2000 the department began preparing adult nurse practitioners in primary care, and in 2007 the adult acute care nurse practitioner specialty opened. In 2012 all adult health nurse practitioner specialty programs transitioned to the adult-gerontology specialty, with the first graduates of these new specialties in 2014. Collaborating with the Hospice and Palliative Care department faculty in the College of Nursing and Health, the department was among the nation’s first to open pathways in 2004 to prepare nurses for advanced hospice and palliative care practice. The nursing faculty recognized the national movement to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and developed a post-master’s DNP program that opened in 2009, with the first DNP graduates in 2011.

Dr. Nancy O’Connor
Professor
Chairperson, Graduate Nursing Program


Graduate Programs


Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice
Students enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are prepared with a terminal professional degree in nursing practice. As an alternate to research-focused doctoral programs, it is a clinical doctorate designed to develop health care leaders who maximize quality, reduce cost, and increase access to health care. Changing demands in the nation’s health care environment require nurses to have the highest level of scientific knowledge, practice experience, and organizational skills.

The Madonna University DNP curriculum is based on the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice, which builds on nursing master’s programs (a minimum of 40 cr. and 500 hours of supervised practicum) by deepening knowledge in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems thinking, among other key areas. A highlight of the DNP program is completion of a DNP practice immersion experience in which new knowledge is applied within real-world settings, culminating in a scholarly project.

Madonna’s post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is designed for nurses who hold advanced-practice credentials and nurses in positions that support clinical practice such as nursing administration, organizational leadership, health policy, or clinical education. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities are used.

Program Outcomes: 

At the conclusion of the program, the student is able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from multiple disciplines/perspectives to assume clinical leadership responsibilities at the highest level of nursing practice.
  2. Integrate theoretical and interprofessional collaborative skills in diverse and complex environments to influence health care outcomes and impact health care policy.
  3. Engage in leadership roles based on values of stewardship to promote quality health care that is ethically based.

Use creative inquiry to generate knowledge and practice innovations through synthesis and translation of evidence from nursing and other disciplines.

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Nursing Administration, MSN
Students enrolled in the Nursing Administration specialty are required to complete 6 core classes reflective of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing (2011), addressing the theoretical and scientific foundation for advanced nursing practice, leadership, policy and advocacy, evidence-based practice, and change. Students will also take classes through the School of Business addressing financial decision making, health informatics, organizational behavior, and marketing. Students will also complete nursing administration courses with practicums accounting for 420 hours of supervised practice. The Nursing Administration specialty is designed to prepare the nurse to assume unit-based, service line, or program-based leadership/management responsibilities. The nurse leader will be able to synthesize advanced knowledge from nursing and related disciplines, integrate organizational and administrative theories into research-based problem solving and decision making, implement effective communication strategies related to interprofessional collaboration and conflict management, and apply principles of stewardship demonstrating awareness of scarce resources and one’s obligations to manage them wisely. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

MSN - Nursing Administration Specialty

Specialty Outcomes:
At the conclusion of the program, the student is able to:

  1. Demonstrate the appropriate specialized body of knowledge and experiential base for the assumption of various nursing administration roles.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with creative inquiry, leadership, and relationship-based care to direct the master’s-prepared nurse administrator’s personal and professional growth.
  3. Engage in nursing administration practice based on values of stewardship to promote quality health care that is ethically based.
  4. Use scholarly processes to improve nursing administration practice associated with population health outcomes through integration of theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and intraprofessional and interprofessional collaboration.

Certification Opportunities Graduates of the Nursing Administration specialty may elect to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) as either Nurse Executive or Advanced Nurse Executive or the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) as either a Nurse Manager Leader or an Executive in Nursing Practice, depending on their administrative practice experience.

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Nursing Administration/Business Administration, MSN/MBA
Students enrolled in the Nursing Administration/Business Administration dual degree specialty are required to take all of the courses described under the Nursing Administration specialty. In addition to these courses, students in the dual program will take courses to gain exposure to additional financial nursing content as well as international business, business law and ethics, quality management and strategic management. The MSN/MBA course of study is designed for the baccalaureate-prepared nurse whose career goals are in upper management in health care facilities, business, or other complex service organizations. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

MSN/MBA - Dual Degree Specialty

Specialty Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, the student is able to:

  1. Demonstrate the appropriate specialized body of knowledge and experiential base for the assumption of executive-level nursing administration roles.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with creative inquiry, leadership, and relationship-based care to direct the master’s-prepared executive-level nurse administrator’s personal and professional growth.
  3. Engage in nursing administration practice based on values of stewardship to promote quality health care that is ethically based.
  4. Use scholarly processes to improve executive-level nursing administration practice associated with population health outcomes through integration of theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and intraprofessional and interprofessional collaboration.

Certification Opportunities
Graduates of the Nursing Administration specialty may elect to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) as either Nurse Executive or Advanced Nurse Executive or the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) as either a Nurse Manager Leader or an Executive in Nursing Practice, depending on their administrative practice experience.

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Nurse Practitioner (NP) Programs


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Students enrolled in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to complete 6 core classes reflective of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011), addressing the theoretical and scientific foundation for advanced nursing practice, leadership, policy and advocacy, evidence based practice, and change. Students will also complete advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, physical assessment courses, and multiple population-focused specialty courses with a total of 659 direct care supervised practicum hours. This program requires the advanced practice nurse to comprehensively assess, diagnose, and treat common acute illnesses and manage chronic stable health conditions of adolescents, adults, and older adults, especially the vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations. An emphasis is placed on health promotion; guidance and counseling of individuals and families; interprofessional collaboration; and referral. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities are, used.

Specialty Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, the student is able to:

  1. Demonstrate the specialized body of knowledge and clinical competencies needed to assume the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner role and to foster personal and professional growth.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide direct comprehensive patient-centered primary care, across the care continuum, through independent and collaborative primary care practice, to diverse populations, including adolescents, adults, and older adults.
  3. Engage in community-based primary care, viewed through the constellation of the family system, which assures quality primary health care that is ethically based and guided by the values of stewardship.
  4. Synthesize theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and interprofessional collaboration to promote access to high quality cost-effective care for patients, communities, and systems.

Certification Opportunities
Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are prepared to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan.

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Students enrolled in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to complete 6 core classes reflective of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011), addressing the theoretical and scientific foundation for advanced nursing practice, leadership, policy and advocacy, evidence-based practice, and change. Students will also complete additional courses including advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, physical assessment, and multiple population-focused specialty courses with a total of 620 direct care supervised practicum hours. This program prepares nurses to function at an advanced practice level within acute and critical care environments. The curriculum addresses advanced nursing care across the continuum of health care services to meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of adult and older adult patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

Certification Opportunities
Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are prepared to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan.

Plan of Study - Nursing Department Career Opportunities - Nursing Department Apply to Madonna University


Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Practice (AP) Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty, MSN
Students enrolled in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care specialty are required to complete 6 core classes reflective of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011), addressing the theoretical and scientific foundation for advanced nursing practice, leadership, policy and advocacy, evidence based practice, and change. Students will also complete additional courses including advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, physical assessment, and multiple population-focused and specialty courses courses with a total of 779 direct care supervised practicum hours plus an additional 190 indirect care supervised hours. This program requires the advanced practice nurse to comprehensively assess, diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and manage chronic stable health conditions of adolescents, adults, and older adults, especially the vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations. An emphasis is placed on health promotion, guidance, and counseling of individuals and families, interprofessional collaboration, and referral. Additionally, advanced practice palliative care nurses are prepared to serve patients, families, and caregivers during serious, progressive illnesses. Advanced palliative care nurses provide holistic care that focuses on disease management, symptom relief, emotional distress, care transitions, and loss. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty

Specialty Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, the student is able to:

  1. Demonstrate the specialized body of knowledge and clinical competencies needed to assume the roles of adult-gerontology primary care nurse practi­tioner and palliative care specialist and to foster personal and professional growth.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide direct comprehensive patient-centered primary care across the care continuum, through independent and collaborative practice, to diverse popula­tions, including adolescents, adults, older adults, and those facing the life-limiting illness.
  3. Engage in community-based primary and palliative care practice, viewed through the constellation of the family system, which assures quality care that is ethically based and guided by the values of stewardship.
  4. Synthesize theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and interprofessional collaboration to promote access to high quality cost-effective care for patients, communities, and systems and to promote quality of life.

Certification Opportunities Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty are prepared to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan. An additional certification may be obtained from the Hospice and Pallia­tive Credentialing Center as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Pallia­tive Care Nurse (ACHPN).

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) with Advanced Practice (AP) Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty, MSN
Students enrolled in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty are required to complete 6 core classes reflective of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011), addressing the theoretical and scientific foundation for advanced nursing practice, leadership, policy and advocacy, evidence based practice, and change. Students will also complete additional courses including advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, physical assessment, and multiple population-focused and specialty courses with a total of 800 direct care supervised practicum hours plus an additional 229 indirect care supervised hours. This program prepares nurses to function at an advanced practice level within acute and critical care environments. The curriculum addresses advanced nursing care across the continuum of health care services to meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of adult and older adult patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions. Additionally, advanced practice palliative care nurses are prepared to serve patients, families, and caregivers during serious, progressive illnesses. Advanced palliative care nurses provide holistic care that focuses on disease management, symptom relief, emotional distress, care transitions, and loss. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty, MSN

Specialty Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, the student is able to:

  1. Demonstrate the specialized body of knowledge and clinical competencies needed to assume the roles of adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and palliative care specialist and to foster personal and professional growth.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide direct, comprehensive patient-centered care to the acutely ill and vulnerable in complex health care systems, including persons facing life-limiting illnesses.
  3. Engage in advanced nursing practice viewed through the constellation of the family system, to assure quality care that is ethically based and guided by the values of stewardship.
  4. Synthesize theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and interprofessional collaboration to provide access to high quality cost-effective care for patients, communities, and systems, and to promote quality of life.

Certification Opportunities Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty are prepared to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan. An additional certification may be obtained from the Hospice and Pallia­tive Credentialing Center as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Pallia­tive Care Nurse (ACHPN).

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Certificates


Nurse/Health Educator, Graduate Certificate
Students enrolled in the Nurse/Health Educator Graduate Certificate are prepared to assume a variety of teaching roles in higher education and practice settings. The curriculum focuses on theories that guide the instructional process, teaching strategies and technology that support quality instruction, and the evaluation of learning outcomes in health-related settings. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

Graduate Certificate: Nurse/Health Care Educator 

Certificate Outcomes
At the conclusion of the certificate program, the student is able to:

  1. Distinguish between the specialized body of knowledge and experiential base for the assumption of the nurse/health educator role.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities to inform the delivery of quality instruction and evaluation of learning outcomes.
  3. Engage in the educational enterprise based on values of stewardship to promote quality education that is ethically based.
  4. Use scholarly processes that support quality instruction and inform personal and professional growth.

Certification Opportunity Nurses who possess a master's or higher degree are eligible to become certified nurse educators (CNE) through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Post-MSN Certificate - Open only to DNP students
Students enrolled in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner post-MSN certificate are prepared to comprehensively assess, diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and manage chronic stable health conditions of adolescents, adults, and older adults, especially the vulnerable, underserved, and diverse populations. An emphasis is placed on health promotion, guidance, and counseling of individuals and families, interprofessional collaboration, and referral. Students will complete a total of 659 direct care supervised practicum hours. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty 

Certificate Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, the student is able to: 

  1. Demonstrate the specialized body of knowledge and clinical competencies needed to assume the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner role and to foster personal and professional growth.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide direct comprehensive patient-centered primary care, across the care continuum, through independent and collaborative primary care practice, to diverse populations, including adolescents, adults, and older adults.
  3. Engage in community-based primary care, viewed through the constellation of the family system, which assures quality primary health care that is ethically based and guided by the values of stewardship.
  4. Synthesize theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and interprofessional collaboration to promote access to high quality cost-effective care for patients, communities, and systems.

Certification Opportunities
Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty certificate are prepared to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan.

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Post-MSN Certificate - Open only to DNP students
Students enrolled in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner post-MSN certificate program prepares the nurse to function at an advanced practice level within acute and critical care environments. The curriculum addresses advanced nursing care across the continuum of health care services to meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of adult and older adult patients with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions. Students will complete a total of 620 direct care supervised practicum hours. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Certificate Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program, the student is able to:

  1. Demonstrate the specialized body of knowledge and clinical competencies needed to assume the adult- gerontology acute care nurse practitioner role and to foster personal and professional growth.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide direct comprehensive patient-centered care to the acutely ill and vulnerable in complex health care systems and across the continuum of care.
  3. Engage in advanced nursing practice, viewed through the constellation of the family system, to assure quality health care that is ethically based and guided by the values of stewardship.
  4. Synthesize theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and interprofessional collaboration to promote access to high quality cost-effective care for patients, communities, and systems.

Certification Opportunities Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty post-master's certificate are prepared to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan.

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Adult Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Specialty, Post-MSN Certificate
Students who are currently certified in advanced practice are further prepared to provide hospice and palliative care services. Advanced practice palliative care nursing serves patients, families, and caregivers during serious, progressive illnesses. Palliative care nurses provide holistic care that focuses on disease management, symptom relief, emotional distress, care transitions, and loss. Students complete 540 direct care supervised practicum hours. A combination of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional classroom and online modalities, are used.

Prior certification as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Michigan is required.

Post MSN Certificate: Adult Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Specialty

Certificate Outcomes
At the conclusion of the certificate program, the student is able to: 

  1. Demonstrate the specialized body of knowledge and clinical competencies needed to assume the role of advanced practice nurse in hospice and palliative care and to foster personal and professional growth.
  2. Integrate theory, knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide direct comprehensive hospice and palliative care, through independent and collaborative practice, to patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in palliative and hospice care settings.
  3. Engage in palliative care practice, viewed through the constellation of the family system, to assure quality care that is ethically based and guided by the values of stewardship.
  4. Synthesize theory, research, evidence, clinical judgment, and interprofessional collaboration to provide access to high quality cost-effective care for patients, communities, and systems, and to promote quality of life.

Certification Opportunities
Certification may be obtained from the Hospice and Pallia­tive Credentialing Center as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Pallia­tive Care Nurse (ACHPN).

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Nursing Simulation Lab

Susan Green

Madonna University’s College of Nursing and Health has a state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab featuring four mock hospital rooms, a home health community room, and a ten bed skills lab area. The Nursing Simulation Lab provides an innovative learning environment in which nursing students have the opportunity to provide patient care in a simulated environment, refining patient care skills and techniques to better prepare them for actual patient care experiences. Students develop knowledge and skill acquisition in a realistic, non-threatening environment, become familiar with procedures and equipment, and develop clinical reasoning skills. In the Skills Lab, students demonstrate proficiency in delivering quality and safe nursing care. In the Nursing Simulation Lab, students further develop their nursing skills and demonstrate teamwork, collaboration, and therapeutic communication skills by providing care to high-fidelity simulator patients.

Susan Green, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
Director, Nursing Simulation Lab

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The master’s program in nursing and doctor of nursing practice program at Madonna University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791.