Melanie Michael, DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C, CPHQ, FNAP

Associate Professor
Graduate Nursing Program Director

Dr. Michael’s teaching is guided by the theories and works of Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon in the area of active learning and the proposition that “Learning results from what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks. The teacher can only advance learning by influencing what the student does to learn,” (as quoted in Ambrose, S.A., et al. 2010).

- Melanie Michael

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Melanie Michael

building is Blanton Nursing Building - room is 124
Phone 863.680.4683


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Dr. Michael is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Nursing Programs in the Florida Southern College School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education from the University of South Florida and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Michael is a Family Nurse Practitioner with national certification in family practice. She also holds the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality credential and is a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. In her current role as an Associate Professor at FSC she teaches courses in evidence-based practice, health care business and financial management, and philosophy and theory. In her role as Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, she serves as a liaison to faculty, staff, students, and members of the School’s leadership and administrative teams. Dr. Michael has extensive experience in primary health care delivery and health care administration. Between 2007 and 2012 she served as the Director of Clinical and Community Health Services for the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and the Community Health Center of North Port, Inc. Since 2008, Dr. Michael has authored or co-authored numerous grant applications which collectively have yielded more than $12 million in funding to support primary care for medically underserved populations. Her current interests include clinical prevention and population health, nursing education, healthcare quality improvement, health operations and systems performance, and health care access.


Dr. Michael's hobbies and outside interests include gardening and reading.


2012 Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
2011 Doctor of Nursing Practice University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
2002 Master of Science in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
1982 Bachelor of Science in Nursing Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO

Honors and Awards

2017 USF College of Nursing DNP Project Mentor Award
2015 USF College of Nursing Mentoring in Teaching Award
2015 Co-author of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Doctor of Nursing Practice self-study and program-level coordination / preparation for on-site CCNE accreditation visit

Current Projects

In 2018-2019, served as the faculty supervisor for 16 Master's Final Scholarly Projects.

Publications and Exhibitions

Hyer, K., Jester, D.J., Badana, A., D’Aoust, R., Robinson, B.E., Guerra, L.,...Andel, R. (2019). Medical faculty beliefs: Self-rated importance and confidence in teaching geriatrics primary care. Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 00, 1-5. doi:

Michael, M., Wilson, C., Jester, D.J., Andel, R., D’Aoust, R., Badana, A., & Hyer, K. (2019). Application of curriculum mapping concepts to integrate multidisciplinary competencies in the care of older adults in graduate nurse practitioner curricula. Journal of Professional Nursing. Advance online publication January 25, 2019. doi:

Michael, M., & Clochesy, J. (2015) From scientific discovery to health outcomes: A synergistic model of doctoral nursing education. Nurse Education Today, 40, 84-86. doi:

Michael, M., Schaffer, S.D., Egan, P.L., Little, B.B., & Pritchard, P.S. (2013). Improving wait times and patient satisfaction in primary care [DNP project]. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 35(2), 50-60. doi:

Malloy, C., Little, B.B., & Michael, M. (2013) Improving wait times in primary care using the Dartmouth Microsystem Improvement Curriculum. Journal of Nursing Care Quality (28)3, 250-256. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e7aec

Hirschberg, M., Michael, M., Pasaron, R., & Pedulla, M. (2010). Clinical problem-solving forum: Spontaneous pneumothorax. Sutureline: Journal of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, 18(5), 1-20.

Michael, M. (2003). Recognizing and managing celiac disease in primary care. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 15(3), 108-114. doi: