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Michael E. Zychowicz
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Office: 2025 Pearson Building
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Michael E. Zychowicz, DNP, ANP, ONP, FAAN, FAANP


Director, Master of Science in Nursing Program

  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Michael Zychowicz is Associate Professor and Director of the MSN Program at Duke University School of Nursing. He is certified as both an Adult Nurse Practitioner and an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner. His specialty is orthopedic nursing, with subspecialties in sports medicine, spine surgery, and general orthopedics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

    Dr. Zychowicz graduated from Orange County Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1990 and from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a BSN in 1995. After working as a critical care and emergency room nurse, he earned a Master of Science as a Nurse Practitioner from Syracuse University in 1997. While at Syracuse, he taught anatomy and physiology and performed a primary care/rural health internship with the National Health Service Corps. He completed the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in 2006 at Case Western Reserve University.

    Dr. Zychowicz taught nursing and practiced as a nurse practitioner at Mount St. Mary College (Newburgh, NY) from 1999 to 2008. While in Newburgh, he also practiced in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. During this period, he was selected as New York State NP of the Year (2004), received the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Award for Excellence in 2007, and received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership in Academic Nursing Fellowship (2007-2008). He also served as an Army Reserve Officer in the Army Medical Department between 1991 and 2005.

    Dr. Zychowicz has published a book titled Orthopedic Nursing Secrets, in addition to articles and chapters on a variety of orthopedic topics. He is frequently invited to lecture at conferences and seminars across the country where he shares his expertise and passion for orthopedic topics locally and nationally to nursing and nurse practitioner organizations. He is on the editorial advisory board for the journal Advance for Nurse Practitioners and is a contributing editor for Clinical Advisor. His research and clinical interests include occupational back injuries and the impact of health beliefs on return to work time. His research interests include occupational back injuries and returning to work after an occupational injury. In 2010 he joined the journal Orthopedic Nursing as a columnist writing about orthopedic pathophysiology.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Master of Science in Nursing Program
    Doctor of Nursing Practice Program


    DNPCase Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
    MSNSyracuse University
    BSNState University of New York at Plattsburgh

    Professional Certifications

    ONP-COrthopedic Nurse Practitioner Board Certification (ONP-C)
    ANP-CAdult Nurse Practitioner Board Certification
    RNFARN First Assistant at Surgery

    Research Interests

    Research interests include:
    • Work related back injuries
    • Time to return to work following a back injury
    • Self-efficacy and health beliefs
    • Factors affecting chronic back pain

    Clinical Interests

    Dr. Zychowicz enjoys combining the education of nurse practitioners with engagement in clinical practice in orthopedics and sports medicine. He believes that patient education is a key component in assisting a patient to make the best health care decisions and maximizing their health. His area of greatest clinical interest is operative and non-operative spine care.