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Mary Ann Broda, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing
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My nursing education and experience span a number of years. I knew I wanted to be a nurse from the time I read “Nurse Nancy” at the age of 5. I graduated from Goshen College with my BSN in 1977, worked at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at The University of Michigan after graduating, and then completed my MSN at The University of Colorado and became certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. I earned my Ph.D. in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987.

I have served as nursing faculty at Northern Michigan University, The University of Texas at Austin, Murray State University, and The University of Michigan. While at Northern Michigan University, I established and served as the administrator/clinical provider for the Northern Michigan Children’s Clinic in Marquette, MI. I live in Spring Arbor, MI with my best friend/husband, Bob, and we have two adult children, a daughter and a son. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, Christian outreach, the arts, and health promotion. I thank God for His provision, blessings, and grace!


  • Ph.D.: (Nursing) The University of Texas at Austin, 1987


In 2013 I felt God leading me to Spring Arbor University and in early 2014 became an Associate Professor of Nursing in what is now the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. I am passionate about nursing education and clinical practice. I have taught numerous SAU MSN courses as well as re-developing NUR602 and co-developing NUR687. In my clinical academic role as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) I served as the Executive Director of the Spring Arbor University Holton Health and Wellness Services (HHWS) from January 2016-May 2020. I loved serving the diverse needs of SAU undergraduate students as a nurse practitioner and leading an amazing team of professionals at HHWS.

In my own nursing education, several professors deeply touched my heart, life, and professional career, by personally investing in me and consistently modeling the love of Jesus Christ in their lives. My mission is to be like Jesus, and like those who have mentored me, to each student. Nursing is a deeply personal, healing profession and I believe that God calls us as nurse educators to assist students in their journey be whole. I am honored to have a small part in helping graduate nursing students skillfully and compassionately touch lives and make a difference in our world through their advanced practice role as nurse practitioners.