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US News & World Report Ranking 2019 Nursing Ranking LogoWelcome 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.

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


    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.



    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.


    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 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 Suzanne Erwin. Transcripts can be sent electronically to or by mail to:
      Suzanne Erwin, Graduate Recruiter
      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.


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

    The Baccalaureate degree in nursing, Master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and Post-graduate APRN certificate at University of Detroit Mercy are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC  20001.  Contact the CCNE at 202-887-6791.

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