Message from the Dean

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Judith McKenna, DNP, APRN

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Madonna University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

For more than 50 years, the College of Nursing and Health has prided itself on offering a nursing program steeped in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions of academic excellence and respect for the dignity and value of all people. During this time, a lot has changed within the healthcare field, and the College of Nursing and Health has changed along with it, incorporating new practices and technologies. However, what hasn’t changed is our devotion to producing registered nurses who will make the world a better place.

The launch of our Accelerated BSN program in 2018 to help address the growing shortage of nurses here in Michigan and across the United States reflects our continuing commitment to educating the next generation of nurses. Created for students who already have college experience, our ABSN program makes it possible to earn a quality, accredited nursing education in as few as 16 months through a combination of online coursework, hands-on skills and simulation labs, and clinical practice with our academic partner, Ascension Michigan.

It’s true that nursing school won’t be easy, but I’m confident that if you have the willingness to put in the hard work and the desire to change lives, you will succeed. And remember, you’re never in this alone. Each and every one of us in the College of Nursing and Health is here to support you in any way we can.

Thank you for considering Madonna University’s ABSN program, and I wish you the very best. We look forward to sharing in your nursing journey.

Judith McKenna, DNP, APRN
Dean, Madonna University College of Nursing and Health

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