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Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The AGPCNP program prepares students to comprehensively assess, diagnose, and treat common acute illnesses and manage chronic stable health conditions of adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our program places an emphasis on health promotion, evidence-based practice in support of quality outcomes, guidance and counseling of individuals and families, and caring for the vulnerable and underserved.  Students will complete 600 direct care supervised clinical practicum hours in a variety of outpatient settings and specialties. Upon graduation, students are prepared to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan. Our student’s success rate on certification exams is well above the national average.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty

In addition to being prepared as an adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, this specialty certification further educates students to provide advanced practice hospice/palliative care. Hospice and Palliative Care Specialists serves patients, families, and caregivers during serious, progressive illnesses by providing holistic care that focuses on disease management, symptom relief, emotional distress, care transitions, and loss. Graduates are prepared to become certified by ANCC or AANP in addition to Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (ACHPCN) and obtain Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification through the State of Michigan.

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The AGACNP program prepares students to comprehensively assess, diagnose, and treat complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions in young adults, adults, and older adult populations. Our program places an emphasis on evidence-based patient centered care with an emphasis on prevention of illness, quality assurance, in addition to seamless care coordination. Students will complete 600 direct care supervised clinical practicum hours in a variety of acute care inpatient settings and specialties. The University holds contracts will all major health care systems in the tri-county area and beyond. Upon graduation, students are prepared to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and to obtain Nurse Practitioner specialty certification by the State of Michigan. Our student’s success rate on certification exams is well above the national average.

Adults Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty

In addition to being prepared as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, this specialty certification further educates students to provide advanced practice hospice/palliative care. Hospice and Palliative Care Specialists serves patients, families, and caregivers during serious, progressive illnesses by providing holistic care that focuses on disease management, symptom relief, emotional distress, care transitions, and loss. Graduates are prepared to become certified by ANCC or AACN in addition to Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (ACHPCN) and obtain Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification through the State of Michigan.

Degrees Offered

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Plan of Study
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty - Plan of Study
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Plan of Study
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty - Plan of Study
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Post-MSN Certificate - Plan of Study
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Post-MSN Certificate - Plan of Study
  • Adult AP Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse Specialist, Post-MSN Certificate - Plan of Study
  • APRN Gerontology, Post Master's Certification - Plan of Study
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - Plan of Study

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Student Success, Adult Gerontology Acute Care

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Fawn Watts

Fawn completed her BSN in 2012 from Madonna University and her MSN in the Adult Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in May 2015.  Fawn is currently in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program here at MU. She served as an adjunct clinical instructor here in NUR 3810, and achieved the Nurse Health Educator Certificate in May 2015. Fawn is the President of the Madonna University Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners. 

Student Success, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP Post-MSN Cert

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Janice Marchildon, RN, MSN, ANP-BC

Janice pursued a post masters certificate as an advanced practice nurse in primary care while working as an Assistant Professor and RN caring for patients with chronic kidney disease. Janice teaches at the graduate level and works collaboratively in a specialized outpatient nephrology practice setting, serving the Romulus, Chelsea, Monroe, Brighton, Canton, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. 

Student Success, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care

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Susanna Sirianni, DNP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC

Returned to Madonna University to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice along with a certificate in the Acute Care NP program. 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 management 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. 

Student Success, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP w/AP Hospice & Palliative Care MSN

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Marianne Vesterfelt, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPCN

Graduated in one of the nation’s first advanced practice nursing programs to prepare adult primary care practitioner NPs with specialization in palliative care. With extensive work in palliative care prior to pursuing her graduate degree, she was able to pave the way for nurse practitioners in the hospice setting by developing the NP role as an integral member of the medical staff team in hospice and palliative care. In 2013 she returned to her alma mater to serve as an adjunct faculty member in the adult-gerontology primary care NP with advanced hospice and palliative specialty program at Madonna.

Her early practice focused on the ALS population for whom she was able to develop and implement a ‘crisis breathing’ care pack and protocol to manage some of the end of life symptoms within the difficult population. She became an educator in the area of the special needs of that population. She developed a ventilator withdrawal protocol to ensure symptom management and focused on the complex symptom management issues at end of life.

In 2013, she broadened her scope as a NP to include sub-acute rehabilitation focusing on readmissions and unplanned discharges. She recognized with late admissions into palliative care services that there was a need to influence the patient’s course of health earlier in the illness trajectory.

Marianne is now the Director of Nursing and Clinical Care at Marywood Nursing Care Center. She is piloting a new model of administration that combines business details while remaining active in the clinical direction of patients. She looks forward to developing new approaches to improve the overall health and lives of the population she serves throughout the continuum of life.

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