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Orbis Education and Madonna University Welcome First ABSN Cohort


Orbis Education and Madonna University Welcome First ABSN Cohort

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CARMEL, Ind., Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Madonna University's College of Nursing and Health, one of Orbis Education's academic partners, welcomed its inaugural cohort of students to the University's new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in Southfield, Michigan on August 21, 2018. The school added the program to address the growing nursing shortage by providing quality nursing education to more students in a short amount of time.

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"Madonna has a strong academic reputation and had the foresight to find a method to educate more students so they can begin careers in a field that is in such high demand in Michigan," explained Steve Hodownes, chief executive officer of Orbis Education. "We are proud to be their partner and congratulate them on the start of their first ABSN cohort."

The program allows qualified students to transfer their college credit or non-nursing degrees to earn an ABSN in as few as 16 months through a combination of online coursework and onsite lab experience at Madonna's new 13,834-square-foot learning center. Students also gain hands-on experience through clinical placements at healthcare facilities throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area.

The learning center is located at 25925 Telegraph Road in Southfield. It was developed, equipped and funded by Orbis Education and includes state-of-the-art nursing labs that replicate the clinical setting with 10 beds, anatomically-correct task trainers, full-body patient simulators and contemporary hospital equipment. The site also includes a study area, student lounge, restaurant within the complex and convenient parking adjacent to the building.

Madonna's ABSN program has three starts per year and is currently accepting applications for January and May of 2019.

About Madonna University
Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, and online in China, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates. Michigan's most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business. 

About Orbis Education
Orbis Education Services, LLC develops, markets and manages healthcare education solutions that result in outstanding student outcomes and help alleviate workforce shortages for hospitals and healthcare systems. Founded in 2003, the Carmel, Indiana-based company forms strategic partnerships with academic institutions and healthcare systems to enable the delivery of high-quality, clinically intensive nursing, occupational therapy and other healthcare education programs. The company provides course development, site management, program marketing and enrollment, and student support. For more information, visit

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