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Welcome to the College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing!

Message from the Dean

Our College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing are unique, unparalleled places to be during a time of increasing demand for health professionals. Our faculty are experts in their field, whether it is nursing (with numerous subspecialties), physician assistant, nurse anesthesia, or health services administration.

Since our mission is to prepare you as professionals who will be leaders in your field, our faculty know you and pride themselves on being accessible to you throughout your education. They will provide you with the 1-on-1 mentorship and guidance that will move you along the path to excellence. Our history, which is over a 60-year legacy of delivering quality health professions and nursing education, shows a strong track record of exceptional education through the alumni who have made a difference in the health of countless individuals, families, and communities in our area, state, region, and nation.

Our administrators and staff are also committed to you as our customers to ensure that your experience here at the University of Detroit Mercy is enjoyable. And finally, the fellow students that you will come to know are also unique in their intelligence, diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to being not just professionals, but leaders in health care who will make a difference in the lives of others.

We pride ourselves on being a state-of-the-art learning organization for health professions education. That's because we are different from other health professions and schools of nursing in several distinct ways:

  • We are mission-driven - we are firmly rooted in the values of our sponsors, the Sisters of Mercy and the Jesuits, and we emphasize values and ethics - an increasingly important dimension of health care. As a Catholic institution, we strive to create health care professionals who adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct, and who are committed to helping those who are in need. In fact, we expect that our graduates do not shy away from difficult issues around social justice, but rather embrace them. Our students and graduates provide a high level of patient-centered care, where patient needs, values and preferences are respected.
  • We are a community of partnerships - for effective health care delivery, we believe in partnering with multiple community-based groups to effect change in health care. This includes major health care corporations, small community-based agencies, non-profit organizations, and other universities or colleges. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness to the community to promote excellence in educational programs, as well as delivering health care to areas where access is often not readily available. Our students have the opportunity to make a real difference in delivering care as a result of these partnerships.
  • We are on the cutting edge of innovation - we know that in today's health care environment, it is important to deliver more than just the standard topics of a discipline's curriculum. We are on the cutting edge of informatics technology, with students learning to communicate, manage knowledge and make decisions using technology. Students also learn how to practice safely in simulated environments, and employ evidence-based practice while they're developing their clinical or administrative expertise.
  • We are interdisciplinary - a unique feature of our College is its emphasis on interdisciplinary education and team-based learning. We expect our students to collaborate, communicate and integrate care with other disciplines, so our students take core classes with other disciplines. Developing critical teamwork behaviors is a critical dimension of all effective leaders, and our students graduate with this critical set of competencies.
  • We are urban and national - our main campus is located in the city of Detroit and we have a firm commitment to the issues of health care disparities in an urban setting. However, we have extended campuses in Grand Rapids and online programs across the nation, so our concern for health care issues that reach beyond our main campus borders extends to other states, our nation, and throughout the world.

This is an exciting time to be a part of the University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions/McAuley School of Nursing. There has never been a more important time to take on the challenge of being a health professional. We invite you to join with us as we engage in creating the vision of our College as an Urban Center of Academic Excellence distinguished by our students and graduates who continue to make a significant difference in caring for the health of others. We look forward to you being a part of our community and vision.


Christine M. Pacini, Dean

College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing

Guiding Principles

These are our underlying values which exemplify living our mission and moving toward our vision: 

  • Passion for Excellence and Lifelong Learning
  • Valuing the unique contributions of each  member of the CHP
  • Integrity and Ethics
  • Social Justice and Needs of the Underserved
  • Accountability to the Community
  • Responsiveness to the State of Practice, and the Foundational  Sciences


The College of Health Professions, in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, prepares professionals to lead individuals, families, and communities to optimal health and well being.


The College of Health Professions is an Urban Center of academic excellence that prepares graduates to lead and serve the complex health care needs of our local and global communities and will be recognized for leadership and innovation in higher education.

Community Outreach

Clinics Provide Primary Care Services

Detroit Mercy’s McAuley Health Center clinics on both the eastside and northwest side of Detroit provided primary care and community outreach services to nearly 2,800 indigent and underserved individuals in 2011.

PAs Initiate Hand-washing Program

Through a grant from the Ford Community Corps Partnership, PA student David Dumais and Professor Amy Dereczyk implemented a hand-washing initiative in a local school.

Faculty, Students and Alumni Volunteer Services

Faculty, students and alumni have continued to provide service and volunteerism to community–based organizations throughout the city, inclusive of health screening and physical exams, and outreach activities to underserved populations. In addition, faculty and administrators performed research this past year to address areas related to the community, underserved populations, access to care and critical health indicators. Research areas included health literacy, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, women’s health and financial outcomes.
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