Nursing Education With a Tradition of Caring

This is a unique, innovative program that provides students with clinical competence to deliver care to all ages across the illness continuum. Students will be prepared to comprehensively assess, diagnose, and treat acute common illnesses and manage stable chronic health conditions across the lifespan in addition to complex, acute, and critical conditions of adult, older adult populations. This program places an emphasis on family centered health promotion, evidence-based practice in support of quality outcomes, guidance and counseling and seamless care transitions.

Students will complete a minimum of 960 direct care supervised clinical practicum hours in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and specialties caring for diverse populations. Upon graduation students are eligible to become dual certified as Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) or American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Family Nurse Practitioner by ANCC or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan.

Degrees Offered



NP Programs


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Post MSN Certificate Programs


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Nursing Leadership/MSN Leadership


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DNP Program


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Faculty Bios

Tracey E. ChanAssistant Professor and NP Program Director

B.S.N., Oakland University

M.S.N., Madonna University

Nurse Educator Certificate, University of Detroit Mercy


734-793-2464, Room D-105

Tracey E. Chan

Tracey is an adult nurse practitioner and joined Madonna's full-time faculty in 2012. She teaches in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program in which she serves as the lead faculty. She continues her clinical practice caring for the underserved 1 day a week at McAuley Health Center in Detroit.

Tracey is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing from Duquesne University. Her research interests include competency-based education, clinical readiness, nurse practitioner practice, and weight loss. She is on the board of the Michigan Primary Care Consortium and a member of Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner, Sigma Theta Tau, and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She also serves as the faculty mentor for the Madonna University Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioner student chapter.

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Gail A. LisProfessor and Chairperson of Graduate Nursing

B.S.N., Mercy College of Detroit

M.S.N., Wayne State University

Post Master's Acute Care Nurse

Pract. Cert., Wayne State Univ.

D.N.P., Case West. Reserve Univ.


734-432-5479, Room D-117

Gail A. Lis

Dr. Gail A. Lis primarily teaches at the graduate level in the nurse practitioner program. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in the master's core (evidence-based practice), advanced practice core (pharmacology), and adult gerontology acute care clinical program. Dr. Lis also serves as committee chairperson and committee member for a variety of DNP capstone projects. Dr. Lis's clinical area of interest is that of infectious disease and currently practices within the Henry Ford Health System.

Through the use of active teaching strategies, Dr. Lis is able to support knowledge development through application of concepts using theory and clinical expertise. Active teaching strategies used are concept mapping, unfolding case studies, simulation, and group work. Research interests are diverse but primarily relate to evaluation of active teaching strategies in both the classroom and clinical setting.

Dr. Lis enjoys working with the nurse practitioner students in the capstone class to develop quality projects and providing support for launching into advanced nursing practice.

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Patricia A. Clark Associate Professor

B.S.N., Mercy College of Detroit

M.S.N., Wayne State University

D.N.P., Oakland University 


734-432-5830, Room D-120B

Patricia A. Clark 

Dr. Patricia Clark is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2014. She completed her doctoral degree in 2008 at Oakland University and her M.S.N. in 1996 at Wayne State University. She teaches in the undergraduate nursing program as well as the acute care nurse practitioner tract of the graduate nursing program. Her area of interest includes the care of critically ill adults. She is actively involved in community service with the Health & Wellness committee at her church.

Dr. Clark is a member of the following professional organizations: Michigan Certified Nurse Practitioner (MICNP), Michigan Clinical Nurse Specialist (MICNS), American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau, International.

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