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Why Study Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP MSN at Madonna University?

  • Well established education of nurse practitioners as noted by: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) programs (MSN and Post-MSN certificate) developed in 2007; ACNP with advanced Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty (ACNP/HPCS) program added in 2008; a transition to the Adult-Gerontology Specialty implemented in 2013, with the first graduates of these new specialties in May 2014.
  • National certification exam pass rates exceed national pass rates. For 2016, the program pass rate for first-time test takers was 100%
  • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Theory faculty are Acute Care Nurse Practitioners/Primary Nurse Practitioners who are doctorally prepared and active in clinical practice.
  • Adjunct faculty are minimally master’s prepared as well as active in clinical practice.

The AGACNP program prepares students to care for a full spectrum of adults including young adults, adults, and older adults. Cornerstones of the program focus on evidenced based patient care, with an emphasis of prevention of illness, quality assurance, as well as seamless care coordination for complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions.

Students enrolled in the AGACNP specialty are required to complete 6 core classes (15 semester hours) 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 also complete an additional 33 semester hours including advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, physical assessment, and three clinical courses. A total of 612 direct care supervised practicum hours are included in the clinical courses.

Career Opportunities   Grad Schools Attended by Alumni   Employers of Alumni
Certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse   Post Master's Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)   Acute, Tertiary Settings, across the adult lifespan and high acuity settings
Practitioner   Madonna University   Intensive Care Units
        Emergency Departments
        Clinical Decision Units (CDU)
        Medical Surgical Units
        Private Employment and Hospital Employee Models
Fawn Watts

Fawn Watts completed her BSN in 2012 from Madonna University and her MSN in the Adult Gero-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in May 2015. Fawn demonstrated her knowledge and wisdom well with exemplary grades as well as a capstone project, on the Prevention of Pneumococcal Pneumonia in COPD Patients: A Quality Analysis. Fawn is continuing her educational journey in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program here at MU. Like any stellar student and leader, Fawn recognizes her knowledge and wisdom should be shared. Fawn served as an adjunct clinical instructor here at MU in NUR 3810 and also graduated with the Nurse Health Educator Certificate in May 2015. As well, Fawn acknowledges service to the profession of nursing as the current elected President of the newly founded Madonna University Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, Fawn received the “Outstanding MSN” graduate student from Kappa Iota, Sigma Theta International in 2015.

Sue Sirrianni

As a practicing Adult Nurse Practitioner (NP) Susanna Sirianni, DNP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC realized that she needed additional education to function to her fullest potential in the complex healthcare system She returned to Madonna University to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice along with a certificate in the Acute Care NP program, which she completed as her elective. As an NP in the Surgical Intensive care unit and adjunct faculty, Sue felt compelled to further her education in order to provide the highest quality of care. Since completing her DNP and ACNP, Sue has become the lead NP at Sinai Grace Hospital. She provides daily managements of critically ill and injured patients in the surgical intensive care unit; educates residents and nursing staff; actively engages in research; leads multiple quality improvement initiatives and leads many committees. She has been instrumental in changing sepsis care within her own hospital, the local hospital system and national hospital system. She has implemented many other evidence-based initiatives throughout critical care at the system level. Dr. Sirianni precepts NP students in her clinical practice providing them an excellent learning environment.



The Baccalaureate degree in Nursing/Master of Science in Nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice and post- graduate APRN certificate programs at Madonna University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Congratulations to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs on attaining 100% pass rates on the national NP certification exams for the 2016 calendar year