Madonna University Fast-Tracks a Solution to the Looming Nursing Shortage

November 20, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – The nationwide nursing shortage is expected to hit critical levels over the next decade, and Southeast Michigan is no exception. If the number of registered nurse graduates remains constant, Michigan’s nursing shortage will reach 5,296 by 2018, according to Michigan Health Council 2016 data. That’s why Madonna University and Ascension’s St. John Providence are teaming up to offer a new, accelerated path to nursing.

Madonna University’s College of Nursing and Health is pleased to announce the launch of its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. Qualified students can transfer their college credit or non-nursing degrees to earn a BSN in 16 months through a combination of online coursework, onsite lab experience, and clinical placements through St. John Providence, the ABSN program’s academic practice partner.

“As the need for nurses increases, it is important for us to help meet the demand through more quality educational options,” said Catherine Griffin, Ph.D., RN, interim dean of Madonna University’s College of Nursing and Health. “Our new ABSN program provides the opportunity for more students to earn a BSN degree, so they can begin their careers of service in the community as soon as possible.”

Metro Detroit’s healthcare sector is a prime destination for registered nurses because of the rapidly aging baby-boomer population and retirement wave of registered nurses; 43 percent of the RNs in Southeast Michigan plan to retire within 10 years, according to 2016 data from the Michigan Center for Nursing. Michigan is one of ten states that are projected to represent half of the nursing job growth by 2022 (Strategic Programs, Inc., 2016).

“Developing qualified, career-ready nurses through an accelerated nursing program like this is essential for our community,” said Gay Landstrom, St. John Providence Chief Nursing Officer. “As the demand increases, it’s our responsibility as a healthcare leader to provide and foster solutions. That’s why we are proud to team up with Madonna University to help educate and prepare the nurses of tomorrow.”

Madonna University’s ABSN program has spots available now for qualified students.

The ABSN program will offer three start dates each year, Fall, Winter, and Summer. We are accepting applications now for our first start on August 27, 2018.

To learn more, visit or call 844-319-2107.           

About Madonna University:

Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. Madonna degrees change the lives of students, and in turn, they change the lives of those they serve in their careers. In addition to the traditional Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, the College of Nursing and Health also offers the health sciences major with concentrations in Population Health Care Management and Healthcare Informatics and Quality Systems Management. Since the nursing program’s founding in 1962, more than 4,000 nurses across the country call Madonna University their alma mater. Within one year of graduation, 98 percent of nursing students are employed. Madonna faculty are highly regarded in the community for their experiential knowledge. 

About Ascension Michigan:

In Michigan, Ascension operates 15 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ more than 27,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided more than $250 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Michigan for over 170 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Visit