Alumni Spotlight: Michael, DNP, “Transcend Traditional Boundaries”

Michael Gyekye, DNP

Today, we’re sharing Michael Gyekye’s story.  Michael attended Aspen University both for his MSN Nursing Education degree and his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which he completed in August 2022.  Michael’s journey shows that you can overcome obstacles, including distance, throughout your educational journey.  Keep reading for Michael’s story.


Education serves as a transformative force, shaping individuals into empowered professionals equipped to contribute meaningfully to society. My educational journey embodies the essence of perseverance, adaptation, and the pursuit of a passion that transcends traditional boundaries.

Commencing my post-secondary academic voyage at the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, my initial steps were anchored in the realm of Engineering. However, as fate would have it, my path diverged, leading me to the realm of Nursing at the esteemed College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York, USA. This transition from home, Ghana, Africa marked a pivotal moment in my life in the United States, where I embraced the profound calling of healthcare with unwavering determination.

The pursuit of knowledge continued as I embarked on the challenging yet rewarding journey of attaining a Master of Science Degree in Nursing specializing in Nursing Education at Aspen University. Armed with a deep-seated commitment to enhancing healthcare practices and nurturing the next generation of healthcare professionals, I delved into the intricacies of nursing education, fostering a holistic understanding of the dynamic healthcare landscape.

The pinnacle of my academic endeavors culminated in the pursuit of a Doctoral degree in Nursing (DNP). After waiting and practicing as a Nurse Educator and Assistant Director of Nursing I returned to Aspen University. Aspen’s unwavering dedication to fostering a conducive learning environment was instrumental in balancing the demands of my professional commitments and academic aspirations. Their unparalleled support and guidance served as a beacon of encouragement, propelling me forward even in the face of challenges and setbacks.

One defining aspect of my journey was the decision to defer my Doctoral Studies at Aspen University. Despite this pause, the unwavering commitment of the institution shone through. Their persistent efforts, including continuous support and encouragement through regular communication, reinforced the profound sense of community and dedication to their students’ success as I went back to complete my degree.

I wanted to quit, but the school removed all roadblocks that frustrated my continuation. Prime among them was how I could finance my education since I had no scholarship.

Navigating the financial challenges associated with higher education proved to be a formidable hurdle. However, the flexible tuition fees payment system offered by Aspen University served as a vital lifeline, easing the burden of affording tuition and ensuring that financial constraints did not hinder my academic pursuits. Aspen’s accommodating approach allowed me to manage my job alongside my studies, which played a pivotal role in my academic journey.

Reflecting on my educational odyssey, I am reminded of the significance of resilience, adaptability, and unwavering determination in the pursuit of one’s dreams. My journey embodies the transformative power of education, illuminating the profound impact that dedication, support, and perseverance can have in shaping the trajectory of one’s life. As I continue to traverse the path of healthcare, I remain steadfast in my commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities, guided by the invaluable lessons learned throughout my educational voyage.”



Michael Gyekye’s journey shows that despite the twists and turns along the way, the pursuit of knowledge is always an admirable path, and Aspen is there to help you along the way.  If you’re ready to start your nursing journey, you can apply online now here.


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