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Welcome to Detroit Mercy's graduate Nursing programs! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! If you are currently enrolled and need access to your Student Handbooks or other policies and procedures, click here!

The MSON offers a variety of graduate programs in nursing, including the post-baccalaureate entry to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (post-BSN to DNP) with a master’s exit. This pathway provides all post-baccalaureate nursing students the opportunity to enter graduate school and have a direct pathway that allows them to exit at the master’s level or matriculate directly to the doctoral degree. Students who enter the graduate programs through this option have the opportunity to choose among several popular majors, including family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist, health systems management, clinical nurse leader and nursing education.

The post-master’s DNP program is also offered. The post-master’s DNP curriculum is designed to admit master’s prepared certified APRNs in the following clinical specialties: nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist and MSN prepared nurses in specialty areas such as nurse administration, executive leadership and nursing informatics. In addition, the post-master’s DNP curriculum offers an Organizational Leadership bridge for those individuals with non-APRN master’s preparation in nursing (nursing education and clinical nurse leader). The Organizational Leadership bridge is a 6-credit hour bridge designed to prepare the master’s prepared nurse with advanced nursing practice grounding in leadership.

All our graduate programs are designed to provide students the opportunity to assimilate and utilize in-depth knowledge of nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences, with sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology to develop collaborative strategies that optimize the health of individuals, families, communities and systems. These programs build upon a foundation of baccalaureate education. Grounded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, the DNP program emphasizes the student’s development as an expert clinician with strong leadership capacity, a commitment to service, and skills to act as change agents, translating clinical research into improved health care. The MSN program curriculum is based on the AACN (2011) Essentials of Master’s Education. The DNP program curriculum is based upon the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education.

Program Outcomes, Admission Requirements, Application and Tuition

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    Program Outcomes

    The following program outcomes will be achieved at completion of the post-BSN to DNP with master’s exit (MSN Program Outcomes and DNP Program Outcomes):

    MSN Program Outcomes

    DNP Program Outcomes

    Demonstrate professional role practice consistent with the competencies of the unique specialty at the master’s level.

    Demonstrate professional role practice consistent with the competencies of the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

    Translate theoretical and conceptual knowledge into advanced nursing practice actions that promote optimal health care quality and patient safety outcomes.

    Formulate innovative theoretical and conceptual frameworks that ensure optimal health care quality and patient safety outcomes.

    Integrate informatics, health care technology, and interpersonal collaboration in the delivery of person-centered nursing practice for individuals and populations.

    Translate evidence to produce innovative models of care that integrates informatics, health care technology, and interpersonal collaboration to affect population health, outcomes, and support health care policy initiatives.

    Engage in systems leadership with a focus on preventive care, policy development, and patient advocacy.

    Lead health care systems and policy innovation with a focus on preventative care, quality improvement and patient advocacy.

    Integrate the Jesuit and Mercy traditions in providing culturally-competent, compassionate, holistic, and person-centered care with a commitment to human dignity in the contemporary world.

    Integrate the Mercy and Jesuit traditions in providing culturally competent, compassionate, holistic and person-centered care with a commitment to human dignity in the contemporary world.

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    Requirements

    Admission criteria for the post BSN to DNP with Master's exit program include:

    1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program.
      • RNs with a baccalaureate degree in another field could qualify for the MSN bridge program. The baccalaureate degree must be from an accredited program. Each application will be individually assessed to determine courses needed to bridge into the MSN program. This gap analysis will determine what additional courses will be required at the baccalaureate level to ensure they have met the prerequisites necessary for graduate education in nursing. 
    2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    3. Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended.
    4. A minimum of 2,000 hours as a registered nurse.
    5. A current unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Michigan, or in the state of home residence.
    6. Three letters of professional recommendation with at least one from someone in supervisory capacity.
    7. Professional CV or current resume.
    8. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives.
    9. An interview with graduate faculty (selective, by invitation).

    Attention FNP Applicants:  A cohort is admitted annually, in the fall.  All of the above-mentioned application materials must be submitted and received by the February 15 deadline to be considered for regular admission to the program; however, prospective applicants are encouraged to submit and complete their application files early (December 1). Admission is selective as a limited number of seats are available annually.

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    Application and Tuition

    For more information about this program or any graduate nursing program, please contact Ms. Suzanne Erwin, BA, BSN, RN, Graduate Nurse Recruiter at erwinsm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1828. See Financial Aid website for Tuition information.

    Important things to know before applying:

    1. We require official transcripts from each institution you have attended since high school. This includes community colleges and Detroit Mercy. 
    2. Please have all transcripts sent directly to Karin La Rose-Neil. Transcripts can be sent electronically to laroseka@udmercy.edu or by mail to:
      Karin La Rose-Neil, Director
      McAuley School of Nursing
      University of Detroit Mercy
      4001 W. McNichols Rd. 
      Detroit, MI 48221-3038
    3. You can identify your recommenders conveniently within the online application. Each recommender will receive an email with a secure form to fill out on your behalf.
      • Your recommender can upload a document directly to the form if they wish.
      • If you are uncertain of how many recommenders you need, please contact us. 
    4. Please remember to select the major you are applying for in the "Application Information" tab under "Planned Courses."
    5. Submit your application as soon as the following sections are complete:
      • Personal
      • Application Information (remember to select your major in "Planned Courses")
      • Previous College (remember to add every school you attended since high school)
      • Recommendations (remember to select Nursing/CRNA Recommendation)
      • Certification
      • Review
    6. Once these sections are complete and you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with a link to your personal Admissions Portal.
      • The Admissions Portal provides a helpful visual checklist of your missing documents such as:
        • Transcripts
        • Essay
        • Nursing License
        • Resume/CV
      • The Admissions Portal will allow you to upload the remaining supplemental documents.
        • Please remember you can upload copies of transcripts, but these are considered unofficial. We still need official copies sent directly from the institution. 
    7. You will use your Admissions Portal to confirm your acceptance if admitted.
      • FNP applicants will also pay their enrollment deposit directly through the Admissions Portal.
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    Accreditation

    The baccalaureate degree in nursing is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

    The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at University of Detroit Mercy are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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    Overview

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal professional degree representing the highest level of clinical nursing competence.

    The DNP program is designed to provide students the opportunity to assimilate and utilize in-depth knowledge of nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences, with sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology to develop collaborative strategies that optimize the health of individuals, families, communities and systems.

    Grounded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, the DNP program emphasizes the student’s development as an expert clinician with strong leadership capacity, a commitment to service and skills to act as change agents, translating clinical research into improved health care.

    The post-master’s DNP curriculum is designed to admit master’s prepared certified APRNs in the following clinical specialties: nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist and MSN prepared nurses in specialty areas such as nurse administration, executive leadership and nursing informatics. In addition, the post-master’s DNP curriculum offers an Organizational Leadership bridge for those individuals with non-APRN master’s preparation (nursing education and clinical nurse leader). The Organizational Leadership bridge is a 6-credit hour bridge designed to prepare the master’s prepared nurse with advanced nursing practice grounding in leadership. The DNP program curriculum is based upon the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education.

    The DNP builds upon the master of science in Nursing degree and requires 36 credits (42-credit hours for individuals entering the Organizational Leadership bridge). The curriculum includes formative course work that culminates in a capstone clinical practicum and a doctoral project. The post-master’s DNP is designed for part-time or full-time study.

    The program is offered as a hybrid model, with a blend of online and face to face meetings.  Classes are held on the same day of the week and scheduled in the late afternoon/early evening. We have an online virtual classroom that also supports student participation from remote locations.

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    Post Master's DNP-Specific Admission Criteria

    1. Earned master of science in Nursing or Nurse Anesthesia from an accredited school** with a graduate GPA > 3.2
    2. Current unencumbered Michigan Registered Nurse license and privilege to practice as a registered nurse that is not limited in any way by an employer.
    3. National Board Certification in an area of clinical specialization, if applicable.
    4. Recognized by the Michigan by the board of nursing with Specialty Certification status as nurse practitioner, nurse midwife or nurse anesthetist, if applicable.
    5. Evidence of current practice.
    6. Three professional recommendations are required (available in the online application). Recommendations should include at least one from a professional who can attest to the applicant’s clinical performance. This should be someone in a position to evaluate the applicant’s work. And one from a professional who can assess the applicant’s academic potential for professional doctoral study (such as a dean or faculty from the previous graduate degree program). Recommendations from doctorally prepared professionals are preferred.
    7. All official transcripts sent directly from each institution of higher education since high school.
    8. Professional portfolio including Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
    9. An essay (500 - 1000 words) addressing the applicant's goals for doctoral study and focused area of clinical interest for the doctoral project.
    10. An interview with DNP faculty. 

    **Applicants may require prerequisite coursework to meet the master’s level essentials in Nursing.

    For more information about this program or any graduate nursing program, please contact Ms. Suzanne Erwin, BA, BSN, RN, Graduate Nurse Recruiter at erwinsm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1828.

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    Program Objectives

    1. Engage own professional role practice consistent with the competencies of the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
    2. Formulate innovative theoretical and conceptual frameworks that ensure optimal health care quality and patient safety outcomes.
    3. Translate evidence to produce innovative models of care that integrate informatics, health care technology and interpersonal collaboration to affect population health, outcomes and support health care policy initiatives.
    4. Lead health care systems and policy innovation with a focus on preventative care, quality improvement and patient advocacy.
    5. Integrate the Mercy and Jesuit traditions in providing culturally competent, compassionate, holistic and person-centered care with a commitment to human dignity in the contemporary world.
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    Sample Program Plan

    Semester 1

    • NUR 7000 - Advanced Theory & Knowledge Development for Clinical Nursing Practice - 3cr.
    • NUR 7500 - Evidence Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods - 3cr.

    Semester 2

    • NUR 7300 - Transformational Leadership & Innovation in Advanced Clinical Practice - 3cr.
    • NUR 7450 - Analytic Methods for Evidence-Based Practice - 3cr.

    Semester 3

    • NUR 7400 - Information Management and Decision Support - 3cr.
    • NUR 7800 - Project Proposal Development - 3cr.

    Semester 4

    • NUR 7200 - Epidemiology & Population Health - 3cr.
    • NUR 7350 - Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care - 3cr.

    Semester 5

    • HLH 7100 - Health Care Policy, Economics & the Law in Clinical Practice - 3cr.
    • NUR 7900 - DNP Practicum and Project - 3cr.

    Semester 6

    • ETH 7010 - Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice - 3cr.
    • NUR 7920 – DNP Doctoral Project - 3cr.

    Organizational Leadership Bridge

    • NUR 5170 – Management & Leadership in Nursing - 2cr.
    • HLH 5040 – Accounting & Financial Management for Nursing Leadership - 4cr.
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    Required Courses

    • NUR 7000: Advanced Theory and Knowledge Development for Clinical Nursing Practice (3 Credits)
    • ETH 7010: Ethical Issues in Advance Nursing Practice (3 Credits)
    • HLH 7100: Health Care Policy, Economics and the Law in Clinical Practice (3 Credits)
    • NUR 7200: Epidemiology and Population Health (3 Credits)
    • NUR 7300: Transformational Leadership & Innovation in Advanced Clinical Practice (3 Credits)
    • NUR 7350: Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care (3 Credits)
    • NUR 7400: Information Management and Decision Support (3 Credits)
    • NUR 7450: Advanced Statistics for Clinical Practice (3 Credits)NUR 7500: Evidence-Based Practice: Theory, Design and Methods (3 Credits)
    • NUR 7800: Project Proposal Development (3 Credits)
    • NUR 7900: DNP Practicum and Project Implementation (3 Credits, 1 credit clinical seminar and 2 credits clinical practicum)
    • NUR 7920: DNP Doctoral Project (3 Credits)

    Required Courses for Organizational Leadership Bridge

    • NUR 5170: Management & Leadership in Nursing (2 Credits)
    • HLH 5040: Accounting & Financial Management for Nursing Leadership (4 Credits)

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

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    Overview

    The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) major prepares the advanced practice nurse to provide primary health care services across the lifespan to individuals, families and aggregates in the community.  Besides primary care services, critical foci include practice models which emphasize the family as unit, health promotion and disease prevention and interdisciplinary collaboration.

    The goal of the FNP program is to prepare highly skilled and culturally sensitive advanced practice nurses who are committed to providing quality and cost effective primary care services to individuals, families and communities.  The program places special emphasis on providing services to the medically underserved. The MSON is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full-time and part-time options for degree completion.

    The post-BSN to DNP with MSN exit with a major in FNP requires a total of 72 credits. A total of 47 credit hours and 720 clinical hours must be completed for the MSN exit where the Master of Science in Nursing is conferred. An additional 25 credits and additional clinical hours are required for the completion of the DNP.

    FNP Program Certification Examinations

    Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANPCP).  Students are urged to contact the specific board of nursing in the state in which they intend to practice in order to ensure they are in full compliance with the education, practice and certification requirements.

    The MSN degree with the FNP major requires 44 credit hours and 720 clinical hours. The MSON is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full- and part-time options for degree completion.

    For Program-Specific Information

    For more information about this program or any graduate nursing program, please contact Ms. Suzanne Erwin, BA, BSN, RN, Graduate Nurse Recruiter at erwinsm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1828.

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    Sample Program Plan

    Full-time study can be completed in two years with some courses offered during the summer semester. A program of part-time study can be completed in three years.

    Family Nurse Practitioner Full-Time Sample Program Plan

    Family Nurse Practitioner Part-Time Sample Program Plan

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    Required Courses

    MSN Integrated Core

    NUR 5030

    Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    HLH 7100

    Health Care Policy, Economics and the Law in Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7000

    Advanced Theory & Knowledge Development for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7300

    Transformational Leadership & Innovation in Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7400

    Information Management & Decision Support

    3 credits

    NUR 7500

    Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods

    3 credits

    Advanced Practice Core

    NUR 5160

    Advanced Health Assessment

    3 credits

    HLH 5900

    Advanced Pathophysiology

    3 credits

    NUR 5800

    Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 6130

    Procedures for the Advanced Practice Nurse

    1 credit

    NUR 6030

    Professional Role Development for Business Practice

    2 credits

    FNP Concentration Courses

    NUR 5150

    Health Promotion across the Lifespan

    2 credits

    NUR 5250

    Common & Episodic Problems across the Lifespan

    3 credits

    NUR 5260

    Clinical Practicum II

    2 credits

    NUR 6150

    Chronic & Complex Problems across the Lifespan

    3 credits

    NUR 6160

    Clinical Practicum III

    2 credits

    NUR 6250

    Psychosocial Issues & Health Integration across the Lifespan

    3 credits

    NUR 6260

    Clinical Practicum IV

    2 credits

    DNP Integrated Core

    NUR 7700

    DNP Transition

    3 credits

    NUR 7200

    Epidemiology & Population Health

    3 credits

    NUR 7350

    Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care

    3 credits

    ETH 7010

    Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7450

    Analytics for Evidence Based Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7800

    Project Proposal Development

    3 credits

    NUR 7900

    DNP Clinical Practicum & Project Implementation

    3 credits

    NUR 7920

    DNP Doctoral Project

    3 credits

    Total Credits: 72 credits (47 for MSN conferral and 25 for completion of DNP)

    For more information on courses descriptions, please click here for the catalog.

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    Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate

    The Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate option is available to applicants that have already earned a master of science in Nursing degree with a major in Nursing from an accredited program. This certificate program does not lead to an academic degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

    The graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate Program requires 29 credit hours of coursework and 720 clinical hours (500 clinical hours for certified nurse practitioners in a specialty outside of FNP who are active). An individualized program of study will be designed based on an applicant’s prior academic coursework and professional and clinical experiences.

    Transcripts from prior academic institutions will be reviewed by the FNP program coordinator/advisor to determine an applicant’s specific program of study and a gap analysis will be completed. The FNP program does not accept any clinical courses (theory or didactic) or advanced health assessment as transfer courses. If courses in professional role, pathophysiology and pharmacology have been completed prior to admission to the certificate program and are equivalent to the course content in approved MSON courses, they may be transferred to the program.

    Certification

    Full-time and part-time options are available for program completion. Graduates of the FNP Post-Master's Certificate program are eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).

    Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate Sample Program Plan

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS)

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    Overview

    The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist major prepares graduates for the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) role. Advanced clinical specialty courses prepare students for the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology. The AGCNS major includes learning in the areas of advanced pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and the role of the clinical nurse specialist. The clinical nurse specialist courses include a total of 500 hours of clinical practicum experience working with a clinical nurse specialist in a variety of settings.

    The post-BSN to DNP with MSN exit with an Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist major requires a total of 66 credits. A total of 41 credit hours and 500 clinical hours must be completed for the MSN exit where the Master of Science in Nursing is conferred. An additional 25 credits and additional clinical hours are required for the completion of the DNP.

    Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Students are urged to contact the specific Board of Nursing in the state in which they intend to practice in order to ensure they are in full compliance with the education, practice and certification requirements.

    The program is taught in an engaging online format that is flexible and student-centered. Full-time and part-time options are available for degree completion.

    A Note to Online Students

    It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

    For Program-Specific Information

    For more information about this program or any graduate nursing program, please contact Ms. Suzanne Erwin, BA, BSN, RN, Graduate Nurse Recruiter at erwinsm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1828.
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    Sample Program Plan

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    Required Courses

    MSN Integrated Core

    NUR 5030

    Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    HLH 7100

    Health Care Policy, Economics and the Law in Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7000

    Advanced Theory & Knowledge Development for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7300

    Transformational Leadership & Innovation in Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7400

    Information Management & Decision Support

    3 credits

    NUR 7500

    Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods

    3 credits

    Advanced Practice Core

    NUR 5160

    Advanced Health Assessment

    3 credits

    HLH 5900

    Advanced Pathophysiology

    3 credits

    NUR 5800

    Pharmacology for Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 6030

    Professional Role Development for Business Practice

    2 credits

    AGCNS Concentration Courses

    NUR 5748

    Adult-Gerontology CNS Role & Theory 1

    3 credits

    NUR 5749

    Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum I

    2 credits

    NUR 5751

    Wellness Adult-Gerontology CNS Practice

    2 credits

    NUR 5752

    Adult-Gerontology CNS Role & Theory II

    3 credits

    NUR 5753

    Adult-Gerontology CNS Practicum II

    2 credits

    DNP Integrated Core

    NUR 7700

    DNP Transition

    3 credits

    NUR 7200

    Epidemiology & Population Health

    3 credits

    NUR 7350

    Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care

    3 credits

    ETH 7010

    Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7450

    Analytics for Evidence Based Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7800

    Project Proposal Development

    3 credits

    NUR 7900

    DNP Clinical Practicum & Project Implementation

    3 credits

    NUR 7920

    DNP Doctoral Project

    3 credits

    Total Credits: 66 credits (41 for MSN conferral and 25 for completion of DNP)

    For more information on courses descriptions, please click here for the catalog.

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    Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificate

    The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master’s Certificate Program at the University of Detroit Mercy provides qualified nurses with the opportunity to gain specialty knowledge in adult-gerontology advanced practice nursing.

    Applicants’ transcripts will be reviewed to be sure that the requirements for national CNS certification are met through their previous courses and the courses provided through this Post-Master's certificate program. Advanced clinical specialty courses prepare students for the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult-Gerontology.

    The certificate program includes learning in the areas of advanced pathophysiology, advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology and the role of the clinical nurse specialist. The clinical nurse specialist courses include a total of 500 hours of clinical practicum experience working with a clinical nurse specialist in a variety of settings.

    Online Program

    The program is taught on-line in a flexible and student-centered format with course and faculty availability seven days a week. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to be in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student's home to complete the required clinical component in the role of the CNS.

    A Note to Online Students

    It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

    Certification

    Upon completion of the Post-Master’s certificate, the nurse will be eligible to sit for the examination for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

    Adult-Gerontology CNS Post-Master's Certificate Sample Program Plan

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

Health Systems Management (HSM)

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    Overview

    The Health Systems Management (HSM) major prepares nurses for leadership positions across the complex and dynamic health care continuum. The program emphasizes content from all nurse executive competency domains (AONE, 2011) including communication and relationship building, knowledge of the health care environment, leadership skills, professionalism, and business skills. Students build a systems-thinking approach to patient care, starting with clinical microsystems as a building block. The use of evidence to shape decisions is emphasized through coursework in nursing informatics, decision support, business planning, and outcomes and care transitions management.

    Nursing Leadership Preparation

    Graduates of the HSM program are prepared for a variety of nursing leadership roles including nurse manager, clinical microsystem leader, case manager, quality-improvement specialist and program or project manager. Coupled with appropriate experience, graduates may be prepared for advanced roles in nursing informatics, or as a nursing director or executive. Those with requisite experience may be eligible to seek certification in case management, nursing informatics, or as a nurse executive.

    Program Requirements and Delivery

    The post-BSN to DNP with MSN exit with a major in HSM requires a total of 64 credits. A total of 39 credit hours and 268 internship and clinical hours are required for the MSN exit where the Master of Science in Nursing is conferred. An additional 25 credits and additional clinical hours are required for the completion of the DNP. The program is taught in an engaging online format that is flexible and student-centered. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to enroll in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student’s home to complete the required internship/clinical hours.

    A Note to Online Students

    It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

    For Program-Specific Information

    For more information about this program or any graduate nursing program, please contact Ms. Suzanne Erwin, BA, BSN, RN, Graduate Nurse Recruiter at erwinsm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1828.

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    Sample Program Plan

    Full-time and Part-time Options

    The McAuley School of Nursing is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full- and part-time options for degree completion. Full-time study can be completed in two years with some courses offered during the summer semester. Additionally, the program is offered online with course meetings scheduled in the evening to accommodate working adults.  The master of science degree in nursing is conferred at the completion of the program requirements.

    Health Systems Management Sample Program Plan

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    Required Courses

    MSN Integrated Core

    NUR 5030

    Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    HLH 7100

    Health Care Policy, Economics and the Law in Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7000

    Advanced Theory & Knowledge Development for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7300

    Transformational Leadership & Innovation in Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7400

    Information Management & Decision Support

    3 credits

    NUR 7500

    Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods

    3 credits

    Advanced Practice Core

    NUR 5170

    Management & Leadership in Nursing

    2 credits

    HLH 5040

    Accounting & Financial Management for Nursing Leadership

    4 credits

    NUR 5900

    Health Systems Management Internship

    3 credits

    HSM Concentration Courses

    NUR 5350

    Outcomes Management & Decision Support in Nursing

    3 credits

    NUR 5420

    Management of the Health Care Environment

    2 credits

    NUR 5450

    Business Planning for Nurse Leaders

    2 credits

    NUR 5650

    Population Health & Care Transitions Management

    2 credits

    NUR 5830

    Leadership & Quality Improvement in Clinical Microsystems

    3 credits

    DNP Integrated Core

    NUR 7700

    DNP Transition

    3 credits

    NUR 7200

    Epidemiology & Population Health

    3 credits

    NUR 7350

    Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care

    3 credits

    ETH 7010

    Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7450

    Analytics for Evidence Based Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7800

    Project Proposal Development

    3 credits

    NUR 7900

    DNP Clinical Practicum & Project Implementation

    3 credits

    NUR 7920

    DNP Doctoral Project

    3 credits

    Total Credits: 64 credits (39 for MSN conferral and 25 for completion of DNP)

    For more information on courses descriptions, please click here for the catalog.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

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    Overview

    The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) major prepares an advanced generalist practitioner to provide clinical leadership at the point of service in a variety of practice settings. Built from the core curriculum in other master’s degree programs, this advanced generalist nurse is differentiated from advanced practice nurses in their abilities to:

    • manage complex clinical cases and provide leadership at the point of care;
    • scan the practice environment to identify opportunities for quality and process improvements;
    • use technology and informatics to support outcomes measurement; and
    • lead teams in the delivery of health care in multiple settings across the care continuum.

    This program assists nurses in developing advanced clinical knowledge, leadership skills, and systems knowledge to provide care and clinical leadership in all health care settings at the point of service; implement evidence-based and outcomes-based practice; develop and implement quality improvement strategies; and create and manage microsystems of care that will be responsive to the needs of individuals and families. The program is designed to prepare nurse leaders who can address contemporary issues in an evolving health care environment. Graduates of the CNL program are eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam offered by the AACN Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC).

    The post-BSN to DNP with MSN exit with a major in CNL requires a total of 72 credits. A total of 41credit hours and 300-400 clinical hours must be completed for the MSN exit where the Master of Science in Nursing is conferred. Since the clinical nurse leader major does not include an advanced nursing practice major, these students complete an Executive Leadership bridge (6 credits) to the DNP. After the bridge, 25 credits and additional clinical hours are required for the completion of the DNP.

    A Note to Online Students

    It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

    For Program-Specific Information

    For more information about this program or any graduate nursing program, please contact Ms. Suzanne Erwin, BA, BSN, RN, Graduate Nurse Recruiter at erwinsm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1828.

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    Sample Program Plan

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    Required Courses

    MSN Integrated Core

    NUR 5030

    Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    HLH 7100

    Health Care Policy, Economics and the Law in Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7000

    Advanced Theory & Knowledge Development for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7300

    Transformational Leadership & Innovation in Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7400

    Information Management & Decision Support

    3 credits

    NUR 7500

    Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods

    3 credits

    Advanced Practice Core

    NUR 5500

    Physical Assessment & Advanced Pharmacology

    4 credits

    HLH 5900

    Advanced Pathophysiology

    3 credits

    NUR 5940

    Clinical Immersion

    4 credits

    CNL Concentration Courses

    NUR 5350

    Outcomes Management & Decision Support in Nursing

    3 credits

    NUR 5420

    Management of the Health Care Environment

    2 credits

    NUR 5450

    Business Planning for Nurse Leaders

    2 credits

    NUR 5650

    Population Health & Care Transitions Management

    2 credits

    NUR 5830

    Leadership & Quality Improvement in Clinical Microsystems

    3 credits

    Organizational Leadership Bridge

    NUR 5170

    Management & Leadership in Nursing

    2 credits

    HLH 5040

    Accounting & Financial Management in Nursing Leadership

    4 credits

    DNP Integrated Core

    NUR 7700

    DNP Transition

    3 credits

    NUR 7200

    Epidemiology & Population Health

    3 credits

    NUR 7350

    Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care

    3 credits

    ETH 7010

    Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7450

    Analytics for Evidence Based Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7800

    Project Proposal Development

    3 credits

    NUR 7900

    DNP Clinical Practicum & Project Implementation

    3 credits

    NUR 7920

    DNP Doctoral Project

    3 credits

    Total Credits: 72 credits (41 for MSN conferral, 6 credits for DNP Organizational Leadership Bridge and 25 for completion of DNP)

    For more information on courses descriptions, please click here for the catalog.

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    Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Master's Certificate

    The Post-Master’s Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate Program (19 credits) at the University of Detroit Mercy prepares qualified nurses to function in the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). The CNL provides leadership at the point-of-care to serve as a provider and outcomes manager for a unit or specific group of patients known as a clinical microsystem. The CNL is uniquely prepared to perform primary responsibilities at the point-of-care including: 

    • Clinical leadership of patient care delivery for individuals, families, groups and populations;
    • Care practice design, coordination and evaluation at the point-of-care;
    • Collaboration in the identification and collection of care outcomes;
    • Team leadership in continuous quality improvement based on the synthesis of performance data and the application of evidence-based practice (EBP) to achieve optimal outcomes;
    • Lateral integration of care for individuals and patient groups;
    • Leadership of interprofessional healthcare teams to foster collaboration and the management of patient care and care processes;
    • EBP implementation;
    • Risk anticipation for individuals and patient groups;
    • Information management using healthcare information systems and technology to improve care outcomes;
    • Stewardship and judicious use of human, material and environmental resources; and Advocacy for patients, communities and the healthcare team (AACN, 2013)

    Established to recognize nurses who have completed master of science in Nursing degrees, this certificate program builds on past clinical course work to incorporate unique attributes of microsystem leadership and lateral integration, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, outcomes management and management of complex work environments to prepare nurse leaders who can address contemporary issues in an evolving healthcare environment by addressing fragmentation of care, systems inefficiencies and concerns about patient safety and quality of care.

    The Post-Master’s CNL certificate program requires 19 credit hours of course work inclusive of a clinical immersion project (designed with the health system partner).

    Online Program

    The program is taught in an engaging online format that is flexible and student-centered. Students need not be a resident of Michigan to enroll in the program. Clinical sites and qualified preceptors are identified near the student’s home to complete the required clinical immersion. A certificate of completion is awarded at the completion of the certificate program requirements.

    A Note to Online Students

    It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

    Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Master's Certificate Sample Program Plan

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

Nursing Education (NE)

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    Overview

    The nursing education major provides the opportunity to learn the principles and practice of education for the preparation of individuals for the role of educator. There is an emphasis on curriculum development and evaluation, course design, teaching/learning methodologies, and assessment of student learning in classroom and clinical settings. The program includes a 120-hour teaching practicum. During the teaching practicum, students will work with master teachers to become fully immersed in the role and responsibilities of a faculty member. Students also have the opportunity to complete a 120-hour clinical practicum in advanced nursing. Students are urged to contact the specific Board of Nursing in the state in which they intend to practice in order to ensure they are in full compliance with the education, practice and certification requirements

    The post-BSN to DNP with MSN exit with a Nursing Education major requires a total of 70credits. A total of 39 credit hours and 120 teaching practicum and 120 clinical hours must be completed for the MSN exit where the Master of Science in Nursing is conferred. Since the nursing education major does not include an advanced nursing practice major, these students complete an Executive Leadership bridge (6 credits) to bridge to the DNP. An additional 25 credits and additional clinical hours are required for the completion of the DNP.

    The program is taught in an engaging online format that is flexible and student-centered. Full-time and part-time options are available for degree completion.

    A Note to Online Students

    It is the responsibility of all applicants applying for admission in an online graduate nursing program to confirm if the program meets specific licensure requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. Applicants may contact the applicable licensing board.

    For Program-Specific Information

    For more information about this program or any graduate nursing program, please contact Ms. Suzanne Erwin, BA, BSN, RN, Graduate Nurse Recruiter at erwinsm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1828.

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    Sample Program Plan

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    Required Courses

    MSN Integrated Core

    NUR 5030

    Analytic Methods for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    HLH 7100

    Health Care Policy, Economics and the Law in Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7000

    Advanced Theory & Knowledge Development for Clinical Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7300

    Transformational Leadership & Innovation in Advanced Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7400

    Information Management & Decision Support

    3 credits

    NUR 7500

    Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: Theory, Design & Methods

    3 credits

    Advanced Practice Core

    NUR 5500

    Physical Assessment & Advanced Pharmacology

    4 credits

    HLH 5900

    Advanced Pathophysiology

    3 credits

    NUR 5795

    Advanced Nursing Seminar & Practicum

    3 credits

    NE Concentration Courses

    NUR 5780

    Nursing Curriculum & Instruction in Adult Education

    3 credits

    NUR 5850

    Curriculum Development

    3 credits

    NUR 5790

    Nursing Program Planning & Evaluation

    3 credits

    NUR 5860

    Instructional Methods

    3 credits

    NUR 5960

    Teaching Practicum

    2 credits

    Organizational Leadership Bridge

    NUR 5170

    Management & Leadership in Nursing

    2 credits

    HLH 5040

    Accounting & Financial Management in Nursing Leadership

    4 credits

    DNP Integrated Core

    NUR 7700

    DNP Transition

    3 credits

    NUR 7200

    Epidemiology & Population Health

    3 credits

    NUR 7350

    Business Management to Ensure Quality in Health Care

    3 credits

    ETH 7010

    Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7450

    Analytics for Evidence Based Practice

    3 credits

    NUR 7800

    Project Proposal Development

    3 credits

    NUR 7900

    DNP Clinical Practicum & Project Implementation

    3 credits

    NUR 7920

    DNP Doctoral Project

    3 credits

    Total Credits: 70 credits (39 for MSN conferral, 6 credits for DNP Organizational Leadership Bridge and 25 for completion of DNP)

    For more information on courses descriptions, please click here for the catalog.

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    Nursing Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

    The Nursing Education Certificate Program (14 credits) at the University of Detroit Mercy provides qualified nurses with the opportunity to learn the principles and practice of education for the preparation of individuals for nursing careers.

    The certificate program includes learning in the areas of curriculum development and evaluation, course design, teaching/learning methodologies and assessment of student learning, in classroom and clinical settings. Nurses considering teaching in a nursing education program will benefit from studying the art and science of education, which is designed to promote the ability of nurses to facilitate others in learning the art and science of nursing.

    Credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward the master’s degree in Nursing Education - Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.

    Objectives

    1. Exemplify various teaching/learning strategies and approaches appropriate for classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.

    2. Integrate facilitation of learner development and formation as nurses into personal growth as an educator.

    3. Explain the processes of curricular design and evaluation of program outcomes.

    4. Design and implement curriculum development and evaluation projects.

    5. Develop a set of resources and a plan for ongoing self-development as an educator.

    6. Differentiate the teaching, scholarship and service roles of the educator.

    Nursing Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Sample Program Plan

    NUR 5780 – Nursing Curriculum & Instruction (3 credits)

    NUR 5790 – Nursing Program Plan & Evaluation (3 credits)

    NUR 5850 – Curriculum Development (3 credits)

    NUR 5860 – Instructional Methods (3 credits)

    NUR 5960 – Teaching Practicum (2 credits)

    Total: 14 credits

    Gainful Employment Disclosure

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