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Why Study Nursing Administration at Madonna University?

  • The program will prepare you for a variety of unit-based, service line, or program-based leadership/management positions in nursing, whether you aspire to be directly involved in the design and delivery of patient care services or to work in the areas of quality and risk management.
  • The clinical practicums will allow you to learn from accomplished professionals in a variety of healthcare organizations throughout Michigan.
  • Courses are designed so that you will have many credible examples of completed projects that will open doors for those without prior experience in administration.

As a student in Madonna’s Nursing Administration graduate program, you’ll be prepared to help shape the delivery of health care in a variety of organizational settings including acute care, ambulatory, long-term care, and community based practices. Through a variety of clinical experiences, you will gain both breadth and depth of experience in various role possibilities. Class projects will assist you to gain important skills in mining and using data to inform decision making about both clinical and administrative practices, to analyze and manage budgets, and to understand and make recommendations to improve processes of care. One unique aspect of the program is that a number of courses are taken in our School of Business, strengthening one’s understanding of finance, marketing, and organizational behavior based on ethical values of responsible use of resources.

Careers Grad School Employers of Alumni
Nurse Manager Wayne State University Detroit Medical Center
Project or Program Director Capella University Henry Ford Health System
Service Line Manager University of Michigan Trinity Health System, Corporate
Clinical Manager Chamberlin University St. Joseph Mercy Health System
Administrative Manager University of California, San Francisco Munson Healthcare
Quality Improvement Specialist Madonna University, Post-Master’s DNP University of Michigan Health Center
Risk Management Analyst   Saint John Health
Nursing Director   The Joint Commission
Mary Pat Hall '11

Mary Pat Hall '11
Mary progressed rapidly from staff RN to Joint Commission Surveyor. During her MSN program Mary Pat took on greater responsibilities in her roles at Doctors' Hospital of Michigan, Pontiac moving up the management ladder from Supervisor of the satellite emergency department to Director of Quality for the entire hospital system. It was in this last role that she developed an intimate knowledge of the Joint Commission standards and a desire to become more involved with this quality improvement and accreditation organization. Within five months of graduation with her MSN in Nursing Administration, Mary Pat landed her dream job as an Ambulatory Health Care Field Surveyor with the Joint Commission.

"When I started the MSN program at Madonna University I was frequently asked what I wanted to do with my degree. At the time I truly did not know all of the opportunities that would open up to me and pursued my degree to foster my love of lifelong learning. At Madonna I learned the skills that would support me along each step of the path on this journey and in my Joint Commission roles as consultant, educator, researcher, and leader."

Mary Lou Wesley

Mary Lou Wesley
Mary completed her MSN in Adult Health and Administration from Madonna University. During the 24 years she spent at St. Joseph, she held a variety of positions: Assistant to the CNO for Special Projects, Director of Medical- Surgical Nursing, Director of Medical-Surgical and Critical Care Nursing, Associate VP of Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer. From 2002-2010, Mary Lou was the CNO for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, in Ann Arbor. In 2010, she left Michigan to become the Chief Nurse Executive for WellStar Health System, based in Marietta, Georgia. Mary Lou joined Sparrow Health System in 2014. Sparrow has achieved Magnet recognition, the nation's most prestigious honor for nursing achievement and excellence, a measure of quality earned by only about six percent of U.S. hospitals.

Mary Lou has received numerous awards over her 37 years as a nurse, including the 2016 AACN CNL Visionary Leader Award, 2006 Excellence in Leadership Award from Kappa Iota. Madonna’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, 1993 Nightingale Award for Nursing Administration, and the 1993 Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mary Lou continues to believe in the quality of the education for potential nursing leaders that Madonna University delivers. She has served as a preceptor for several Madonna Nursing Administration students. Most recently she was preceptor for a student who completed the program and has subsequently become a CNO at another hospital in Michigan.

Katy Hoffman ('13)

Katy Hoffman ('13)
Katy began Madonna's Nursing Administration graduate program as a Nurse Manager at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital. As she neared graduation from the program, Katy transitioned into a new role as the Director for Women and Children's services where she provided leadership for a Family Birth center with over 3500 deliveries/year, as well as a Level III NICU, pediatrics, and gynecological surgery recovery unit. After graduation, Katy served as Interim Administrator for St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, where she led a $2 million renovation of the Inpatient and Emergency departments. She has since returned to the St. Joe's Ann Arbor hospital campus and currently serves as the Nursing Director for Critical Care and Women and Children's Services.

"The Nursing Administration graduate program at Madonna University positioned me for success in a variety of leadership roles in the healthcare environment. The various clinical experiences and direct application of concepts via class projects supported my development as leader, and embedded crucial project management and quality improvement principles into my practice."


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