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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


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.


  • 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


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


  • 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


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:



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