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Why Study Doctor Nursing Practice DNP at Madonna University?

  • The program will prepare you to lead and shape future healthcare systems through collaboration with other health care professionals
  • The practicum and DNP Project field hours allow you to gain hands on experience in business plan development, data mining strategies, individual projects of interest related to your previous master's degree in nursing, team presentations, and a final scholarly project that includes mentored publication of one's seminal work
  • The course of study is designed to prepare you for rapid career advancement in the evidence-based health care environment

As a student in the Madonna Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program, you will be given the opportunity to gain hands on experience in business plan development, data mining strategies, individual projects of interest related to your previous master’s degree in nursing, team presentations, and a final applied research project that includes mentored publication of one’s seminal work.  This program challenges you to understand how the nurse prepared with a doctoral degree is in a position to lead and shape future healthcare systems through collaboration with other health care professionals.

Students who have completed their Doctor of Nursing Practice Degrees are able to gain employment in healthcare settings, educational settings, in private practice, as consultants, as writers, or as administrative leaders depending on one’s personal interest and previous experiences.

Stephanie Brady

Stephanie Brady, DNP- APRN-BC, was able to advance from being a System Nursing Administrator for Behavioral Health Services to a Vice President of Care Transitions for the Ascension St. John Providence Health System following her graduation from the Doctorate of Nursing Program. In her position, Dr. Brady is responsible for ambulatory services, establishing relationships with community partners, and program development. She has been awarded over 10 million dollars in grant funding related to health care redesign. Dr. Brady continuously provides mentorship experiences for students that are studying health care leadership- nursing students, administrative interns and fellows, and social workers, as a way to support health care of the future.

As a member of the initial Madonna cohort program for Doctorate of Nursing, she found the program to be very beneficial in learning more about population health, health care policy, and health care reform. Madonna University was very adaptable in designing a program that allowed its class members to work while attending school.

Michelle Moccia

(Joan) Michelle Moccia,

Michelle is a recent DNP graduate. Her primary role at Saint Mary Mercy Hospital is the Program Director of the Senior ER, the first in Michigan, and voted the Best Nursing Team Regionally and Nationally in 2015 (Advance). She also is a member a number of committees/teams in the hospital (Stroke Team, Primary Percutaneous Interventional Team, Palliative Care, NICHE, Advanced Practice Council, Senior Council, Senior ER Team, and Readmission).

Michelle is using the information from Population Health and Leadership to build a new model of care to reduce older adult hospital admission. Michelle is the initiator of a grass root organization STARForUM "Safe Transition of All Residents For yoU & Me” committed to improving transition of care between aged care facilities and the Emergency Department (www.stmarymercy.org/starforum). The group was recognized as a semi-finalist in the Robert Wood Johnson video contest on improving transition of care, featured in the Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) Connection Magazine and Michigan Peer Review newsletter, and recently recognized as a finalist in the Sepsis Hero contest sponsored by Sepsis Alliance.

Moreover, Michelle is a member of the ENA Geriatric Task Force aimed at improving care for the older adult, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association Chair of Chapter Leadership (GAPNA), member of multiple GAPNA Special Interest Groups (Research, Palliative, Long Term Care, and Health Affairs) and recently was nominated to the President-Elect position term beginning September 2016.

Michelle Moccia, DNP, ANP-BC, CCRN contends the essentials of the Doctorate of Nursing Program along with collegial faculty has contributed to her confidence to be an effective team leader and member. The DNP program curriculum both on-line and in-person class time enabled Michelle to continue working full time dedicated to improve care of the older adult.

Michelle has a passion for learning and sharing her education. She is active in the community speaking on topics such as sepsis, advance care planning, being prepared in case of an emergency, and stroke awareness. She also created “Plan in a Can” – a tennis ball can be transformed into a container to hold emergency information for home bound seniors. Dr. Moccia actively participates in mentoring other students from Madonna University and other universities as a way to support the Future of Nursing.

Bill Lonneman

William (Bill) Lonneman, 2014 joined the nursing faculty at Mount St. Joseph University (Cincinnati) in 2006. His career up to that point had been almost entirely outside of the hospital, in community and primary care settings and as a Family Nurse Practitioner for eleven years. As a faculty member he was entrusted with the community and population health courses for second-degree pre-licensure students, along with management and leadership courses in the RN-BSN program. “When you’re teaching adults”, he notes, “the students really want to know WHY they need to know this material, how it will help them in their careers as nurses.

The DNP program at Madonna attracted me to make the drive across Ohio; it was clearly laid out and each course was valuable to my progression as a faculty member. Madonna’s faculty helped me to develop my own thinking, helped ME understand why nursing concepts really do matter. Getting my students to really think about what they are doing, who their patients really are, outside of the hospital environment, has become critical to what I do as a teacher.

The social and physical determinants of health, and access to care, are huge factors for nurses to consider. Madonna gave me the tools and the space to pursue these inquiries; it’s helped me be who I am today as a faculty member.” Bill’s doctoral research, on strategies for teaching cultural competence, was published in Nurse Educator in the November/December 2015 issue. He was also promoted to Associate Professor this year.

Dianne Conrad

Dianne Conrad

Assistant Professor – Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI Family Nurse Practitioner – Cadillac Family Physicians, Cadillac, MI
Dr. Dianne Conrad is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Cadillac Family Physicians, PC and is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and a certified diabetes educator. She is also an Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing, a track coordinator in their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

She is a recognized and published authority in the Doctor of Nursing Practice education and practice as well as the use of nursing and informatics in the primary care patient-centered medical home. She has co-authored a DNP textbook, “The DNP Scholarly Project: A Framework for Success”, released February of 2013 with a second edition due Spring of 2016. One of the first DNP texts, the book arose from a partnership formed with colleagues Dr. Kathy Moran and Dr. Rosanne Burson after the three attended Madonna University’s first nursing doctorate cohort, graduating in 2011. Dr. Conrad was elected to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow in 2014.

Dr. Conrad has an extensive nursing practice focus including DNP practice scholarship, diabetic management, spinal cord injury prevention as well as parish nursing. In addition, she is a frequent guest speaker to nursing and other professional organizations including the National Doctor of Nursing Practice Conference. This year Dr. Conrad was recognized as a nurse practitioner leader by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), named to the Competency-Based Education for Doctoral-Prepared APRNs Work Group. The DNP degree from Madonna University has opened doors for opportunities at the local, state, national and international level. Dr. Conrad has presented her scholarship work on the “Utilization of Nursing and the EHR in the PCMH” at the International Council of Nurses in Melbourne, Australia.

In addition to receiving the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Madonna University, she received a post-master’s certificate for her nurse practitioner study at Michigan State University. She has masters and bachelor nursing degrees from Northern Illinois University and a diploma in nursing from St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, IL.


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