Bachelor of Science in Nursing - BSN
Nursing Education With a Tradition of Caring
Madonna University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs develop students into confident, prepared, and patient-focused nurses that promote excellence and leadership in the nursing profession.
The foundation of the Madonna undergraduate nursing degree is a learner-centered community that provides the knowledge and experiential learning opportunities needed to succeed and deliver relationship-based care in today’s complex health care environments.
Madonna University offers four different BSN degree formats to fit your individualized needs. Each degree offering takes into account your personal goals and any previous academic and/or professional experience, ensuring you are on the best-fit degree path for success.
Holding true to Madonna University’s Catholic and Franciscan values and commitment to serving the community, the traditional BSN pre-licensure degree prepares you to become an experienced leader in one of the fastest growing professional fields.
For students who already have a different bachelor's degree or significant progress toward another degree, Madonna also has an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program. While the accelerated nature of this program is not for everyone, it may be a good fit for someone seeking to switch career paths and fast track their nursing career.
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to BSN degree is a bridge program that opens the door to greater earning potential and employment opportunities. The LPN-BSN degree is ideal for those working as licensed practical nurses with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Students seeking this degree path have the opportunity to have previous professional experience evaluated for academic credit.
The Registered Nurse (RN)-BSN program is a completion degree for RNs looking to finish their bachelor’s degree in nursing for career advancement. Catering to working nurses, the RN-BSN is a flexible degree that can be taken without disrupting your current employment.
Nurses play an essential role in their communities, supporting the health and wellness of individuals of all ages across a wide-range of specializations. A testament to their vital need, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the nursing profession will grow at a rate of 12 percent from 2018-2028, outpacing the average growth for other professions.
This strong demand for BSN-credentialed nurses exists at a wide range of employment locations, including—but very much so not limited to—hospitals, private medical practices, schools and colleges, mental health treatment centers, assisted living homes, and community health facilities.
The Madonna nursing faculty are experienced nursing professionals that are dedicated to your success, providing individualized attention to ensure you achieve your academic and professional goals. They care deeply about fostering the knowledge and hands-on skills required in the field and play an active role in your traditional and online classes, hands-on lab experiences, high-fidelity simulations, and in-the-field nursing practice.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program at Madonna University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Additionally, Madonna University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.
These credentials reinforce that the Madonna BSN programs offer educational excellence through access to cutting-edge course concepts and hands-on learning opportunities that are required to succeed in today’s increasingly complex health care environment.
As highly sought after and challenging undergraduate nursing degrees, each of Madonna’s BSN programs have specific admission requirements.
Please note that late applications will not be considered.
Direct admission into Madonna’s Traditional BSN Pre-Licensure degree program is offered to highly qualified high school seniors. The criteria for direct nursing admission are the following:
Students interested in nursing, but who do not meet the pre-nursing admission requirements outlined above, can be admitted as an undeclared student in the College of Nursing and Health to establish a higher GPA while taking the prerequisite courses for the nursing program at Madonna.
Students interested in the accelerated ABSN program must have either a confirmed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA or a minimum of 60 credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate coursework. Additional requirements, such as a writing assessment and letter of intent, as well as specific prerequisites must also be met.
Madonna’s BSN degree programs lay the foundation for a fulfilling career as a well-versed, experienced nurse that is dedicated to delivering compassionate, patient-focused care. If you are ready to take the first step to launch your nursing career, request more information or get started on your application today!
Membership in MUNSA provides each nursing student the opportunity to be a part of the largest independent student health professional organization in the country through membership in the National Nursing Student Association and the Michigan Nursing Student Association. Students through their elected officers and faculty consultants administer the organization. The purposes of MUNSA include programming to provide information about fundamental and current professional concerns, and assisting in the development of the whole person with emphasis upon the nurse’s responsibility for the health care of people in all walks of life. Highlights include the regular meetings, fundraisers, attendance at the state and national conventions, student camaraderie, and the opportunity to learn about careers in nursing.
The Founders of Sigma Theta Tau had a vision of what the organization could become when they founded the society in 1922. Madonna College had a vision and also made it a reality. In September, 1984, Dr. Noreen O'Neill, Dean of the Nursing Department, commissioned Judy Grant, MSN, RN, nursing faculty member, to take responsibility for establishing a Nursing Honor Society at the then Madonna College. The Growth and Honors Committee was charged to assist with this endeavor. In November, 1984, a steering committee was established to develop the Honor Society. The Steering Committee met and adopted bylaws as suggested in Guidelines for Establishment of Local Chapters. Admission criteria for membership was established and a list of eligible students was obtained.
On April 28, 1985, the First Annual Induction Ceremony of Nursing Honor Society of Madonna College was held to induct 88 new members. Officers of the Honor Society were elected following the ceremony. Dr. Dorothy Fox was elected the first president. On April 15, 1986, the Second Annual Induction Ceremony was held to induct 72 new members. By October, 1986, the Nursing Honor Society had applied to be charted as a local Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. The Third Annual Induction Ceremony was held April 14, 1987.
Kappa Iota Chapter Installation Ceremonies were held at Madonna College, Kresge Hall, Livonia, Michigan on Sunday, April 24, 1988. Dr. Julienne Hoff, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Health presided at the formal ceremony creating Kappa Iota as a chapter. Peggy Shinkel, MSN, RN, was elected president of the 166 members and the newly inducted 76 members.
Teresa Wehrwein, Ph.D., RN, was president from April, 1990 to 1992. During that period Kappa Iota was awarded their first National Key Award for chapter member activity. With Sharron Guillett, MSN, RN, as president, the chapter received its second National Key Award in 1992. Kappa Iota has continued to grow as has Madonna University and the College of Nursing and Health. To date, the chapter has over 400 members. With your help and support, Kappa Iota Chapter of STTI will be actively involved in promoting and supporting the profession of nursing.
Madonna University joins an exclusive group of organizations authorized to offer HIMSS-approved healthcare and health information technology education and training programs that prepare candidates for advanced knowledge in health IT or healthcare.
Madonna University’s Graduate programs prepare nurses for leadership positions at the entry and mid-levels, where the need is greatest in health service organizations.
Designed for nurses who have been out of clinical practice for longer than two years and are wishing to return to an adult setting in acute care, home care, and/or long term-care.