School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 364-8733
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

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About the School of Nursing

Thank you for your interest in Oakland’s School of Nursing. The School of Nursing prides itself on providing a high-quality education that will provide the best clinical experiences, job opportunities in the area’s best healthcare systems and access to faculty members who are leaders within the nursing profession. The School of Nursing also provides resources that may be available to assist with tuition expenses.

Dean's Welcome
Professional headshot for Judy DidionWelcome from Dean Judy Didion, PhD, RN

Thank you for visiting the Oakland University (OU) School of Nursing (SON) website and for considering OU’s nursing programs.

OU SON continues to develop opportunities for students who wish to pursue nursing as their new career or to advance their nursing education as a practicing nurse.  As Dean of the OU SON, I am truly impressed by high-quality programs the SON offers in a diverse and inclusive environment.  The positive remarks I hear from the community about OU SON alumni is testimony to the quality of our programs and our graduates.

The University and School’s commitment to engage with communities as an essential part of the education process provides unique real-world learning experiences for its students.  Faculty’s connectedness to the healthcare community provides opportunities for students to shape their interests as a generalist or a specialist as they pursue their degree or certification.  The SON’s intent is to prepare nurse leaders at all levels of the healthcare environment to participate in the conversations centric to healthcare improvement for individuals and communities.

Whether you are interested in becoming a nurse or are already a nurse and want to advance your nursing career by earning your BSN or a graduate degree, our SON offers programs that will help you to meet your career goals. Our students have access to programs with dynamic instructors, rigorous curricula, a sophisticated learning lab, and clinical practice opportunities throughout the Detroit metro area’s top hospitals and facilities.

Our students are prepared to provide optimal care delivery within the complex and ever-changing healthcare industry as faculty delicately blend the art of science of nursing into the coursework.

The National Academy of Science’s recent publication:  The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity emphasizes that the “decade ahead will test the nation’s nearly 4 million nurses in new and complex ways.”  The document lays out the challenges ahead to address the vast disparities in healthcare and health outcomes for individuals in our regions and globally.  We, at OU SON accept this challenge by offering contemporary curricula that address the barriers for healthy equity and embeds a constant consideration of how the conditions in the environments in which people live, impacts their health outcomes and quality of life in a positive or a negative manner. We prepare graduates to practice with a holistic approach.

I hope you consider OU for your nursing education.  Our emphasis on leadership, theory, technology and practice prepares our graduates to perform in a variety of settings including hospital-based, community-based and home-based care.  Our graduates’ footprints can be found at bedsides, in communities, on political platforms and in executive offices.  Please join us and leave your footprints on Oakland’s campus as you begin your transformational nursing journey.

Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors is an advisory body to the Oakland University School of Nursing. The specific purposes of the Board of Visitors are to provide counsel to the School of Nursing regarding its objectives, strategies, goals, curriculum and concerns; to promote the school in the community by creating awareness of its existence, supporting recruiting efforts and understanding of the services it renders; and to provide assistance in obtaining financial support from outside sources.


Nina Abubakari, MPH, MBA, JD, FACHE, President and CEO, Advantage Health Centers

Lynn Chiesa, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Ascension Providence Southfield and Novi

Doug Dascenzo, DNP, RN, CENP, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and System CNO, Trinity Health, Michigan

Shukri David, MD, FACC, Cardiology Chair at Ascension Providence Southfield and Novi and Medical Director of the Heart & Vascular Center of Excellence at Ascension Providence Southfield

Judy Didion, PhD, RN, Dean, School of Nursing

Ann Donnelly, RN, BSN, MA, Vice President, Care Management, Priority Health

Susan M. Grant, DNP, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, Executive Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Beaumont Health

Debbie Guido-Allen, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Operating Officer, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

Lisa Hahn, MS, BSN, RN, Chief of Community Nursing Programs, Oakland County Health Division

Gregory Jamian, BA, President & CEO, AmeriCare Medical, Incorporated

Jacqueline Long, RN, BSN, MSN, Former OU Trustee, School of Nursing Alumni 1981

Nancy May, DNP, AMB-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN, Chief Nurse Executive, University of Michigan Health System

Dawn Poteau, ACC, PMP, SHRM-SCP, Chief Executive Officer, Talent Activators

Kyle Sasena, First Vice President, Independent Bank

Michelle Seid, RN, BSN, School of Nursing Alumni 1993

Charlene E. Shaya, ESQ, Chief Operating Officer, J & B Medical Supply, Co., Inc.

Sheri Underwood, RN, BSN, MSN, Group Chief Nursing Officer, Detroit Medical Center

Eric Wallis, DNP, MSA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, President, Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield

Diane Wenninger, MSA, BSN, RN, VP, Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, McLaren Oakland Hospital


Maggie Allesee, MS, Counselor


School of Nursing Mission
The mission of OU SON is to prepare transformational leaders committed to caring and using the best evidence in nursing practice, education and research to optimize the health of the public in a diverse ever-changing society.

School of Nursing Vision
The faculty and graduates of OU SON will be recognized as transformational leaders, caring practitioners and scholars who optimize the health and well-being of a diverse global society.

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About HHB

The Human Health Building boasts of an environmentally-friendly design by virtue of its construction from renewable materials; advanced air quality and water conservation systems; and geothermal heating and cooling system, which aids in the reduction of carbon emissions and energy consumption and output.  Due to the success of these innovations, it was certified as Michigan's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum University Building in 2013. 

 The HHB serves as the primary residence of Oakland University's School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences, and includes five stories of lecture, seminar, and lab-style classroom spaces designed to better facilitate the academic development of its tenants. ​The Oakland University School of Nursing Simulation Lab is a state-of-the-art facility that provides a rich experiential learning opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice. Our simulation scenarios allow students to make real-time clinical decisions in an environment that poses no risk to patients. The program promotes competency, confidence, and autonomy necessary to position our students for success upon transition to practice.


The Oakland University School of Nursing offers programs facilitated by dedicated faculty researchers, practicing clinicians and experienced nursing professionals with the latest technologies and evidence based practices.

The SON is recognized as one of the premier nursing schools in the Upper Midwest as well as by influential national publications like the US News and World Report. Because of our reputation in this region and beyond, the School of Nursing has been recognized by several national organizations.