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The core of the Detroit Mercy nursing programs is our undergraduate nursing curriculum. Find out more about our undergraduate options below! 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!

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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    Overview

    The core of Detroit Mercy's nursing program is our undergraduate nursing curriculum. This program, strongly focused on nursing in the community, is founded on the sciences and the liberal arts, and strives to foster critical thinking.

    Its aim is to educate nurses competent to provide contemporary clinical care, make critical decisions within an ethical framework, communicate effectively, exercise leadership/management skills, and coordinate health promotion, risk reduction, and illness or disease management strategies for clients.

    The McAuley School also maintains numerous partnerships with community and health care agencies to provide a variety of clinical experiences for students. The BSN program is full-time only. For more information, please call 313-993-1044.

    A Note to Transfer students

    As a transfer student, it is likely that you will have taken some of the coursework in the list below. If you are an internal transfer (from another major) you will need to speak to the McAuley School of Nursing Assistant Dean to establish a potential plan for the courses you will take. To make an appointment, contact Assistant Dean Taessa Malone-Carter at malonett@udmercy.edu.

    External transfers (from other colleges): The transfer team will evaluate your file upon acceptance and send you an evaluation of coursework in the mail within 2 weeks of acceptance. You will then speak with an admissions counselor to establish a potential plan for the courses you will take. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact Catrice Evans at evansca@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1044.
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    Admission Requirements

    First Year Students (Freshmen)

    First-year students are admitted directly to the McAuley School of Nursing from high school. Applicants to the BSN program must meet the University's general entrance requirements of an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 and minimum scores of 21 on the ACT or 1000 on the SAT if completed before May 9, 2016 (1060 on the SAT if completed May 9, 2016 or after).

    In addition, they should have completed at least the following preparatory high school courses:

    • Four units of English
    • Two units of laboratory science (chemistry and biology)
    • Two units of mathematics
    • Two units of history or social science

    All students seeking admissions to this program must pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

    Transfer Applicants

    Students may transfer into the BSN curriculum from other programs within Detroit Mercy, or may come from outside the University (a typical example is a person coming from a community college).

    All students seeking admissions to this program must pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

    Admissions requirements for transfer students include the following:

    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. A 3.0 or higher will keep you competitive
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all science pre-requisite courses
    • 24 or more college credits
    • A minimum composite score of 75% (one retake is allowed) on the HESI Admission Examination is required. The test includes: math, reading, grammar, vocabulary, anatomy and physiology along with learning and personality styles
      • NOTE: this test is offered to Detroit Mercy applicants only. Copies of test results will not be provided for other institutions.
    • Completion of the nine pre-reqs listed below:
      1. Anatomy & Physiology 1
      2. Anatomy & Physiology 2
      3. Microbiology
      4. Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences or Introduction to Biochemistry
      5. Intermediate Algebra
      6. English Composition 2
      7. Introduction to Psychology
      8. Introduction to Sociology
      9. Nutrition

    These prerequisite courses must be transferred in or taken at Detroit Mercy. Students may transfer up to 63 credits.

    Transfer Equivalency 

    Transfer students: Please consult the Nursing Transfer Equivalency Table for information about which components of your previous coursework will transfer to Detroit Mercy.

    While this page is current, please note that these requirements do change from time to time.

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    Program Outcomes

    Upon program completion, BSN students are expected to meet the following program outcomes:

    1. Provide compassionate care with a commitment to social justice.
    2. Evaluate culturally sensitive person-centered care practices in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and illness management for the health of people across the lifespan.
    3. Manage the delivery of person-centered care through effective delegation, prioritization and leadership practices.
    4. Use transparent person-centered nursing interventions in assessing the client’s environment, prioritizing care and following established health care (institution/agency) policies and procedures.
    5. Use quality improvement models to analyze health care delivery systems and policies that affect the health of people.
    6. Implement knowledge driven actions in professional nursing practice derived from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
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    Sample Program Plan

Traditional BSN (Grand Rapids Campus)

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    Overview

    University of Detroit Mercy, Aquinas College and Saint Mary's Health Care have partnered to bring University of Detroit Mercy's accredited nursing degree program to West Michigan.

    The program, with an emphasis on community-based nursing, requires four years of study, including class work at Aquinas, taught by Aquinas and Detroit Mercy faculty, and clinical experience at Saint Mary's Health Care facilities throughout west Michigan.

    Students gain experience, earn income and obtain college credit through paid cooperative positions. Graduates earn a bachelor of science degree in Nursing from University of Detroit Mercy, which is recognized for its excellence by major health care employers. Learn more about this program and its requirements online. For more information, please call 616-685-1420.

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    Program Outcomes

    Upon program completion, BSN students are expected to meet the following program outcomes:

    1. Provide compassionate care with a commitment to social justice.
    2. Evaluate culturally sensitive person-centered care practices in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and illness management for the health of people across the lifespan.
    3. Manage the delivery of person-centered care through effective delegation, prioritization and leadership practices.
    4. Use transparent person-centered nursing interventions in assessing the client’s environment, prioritizing care and following established health care (institution/agency) policies and procedures.
    5. Use quality improvement models to analyze health care delivery systems and policies that affect the health of people.
    6. Implement knowledge driven actions in professional nursing practice derived from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
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    Sample Program Plan

Second Degree Option

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    Overview

    University of Detroit Mercy's accelerated second degree option (SDO) in nursing allows individuals with a bachelor's degree in another major to earn a bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN) degree.  The SDO program incorporates the same philosophy, conceptual framework, and program objectives as the traditional BSN program with a sequence of courses that meets the unique need of the accelerated student.

    The program consists of three and a half semesters of coursework and includes a summer break.  This schedule allows the student to earn the BSN degree in 16 months.  This intensive program has a cohort model where all students benefit by taking courses together.  Students attend classes full time beginning in January or August.

    Application and submission of all supplemental application materials are strongly encouraged 5-6 months ahead of planned entry term. All prospective and current applicants are encouraged to attend an information session. For more information, please call 313-578-0358.

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    Admission Requirements

    A minimum baccalaureate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is highly recommended, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 in sciences and math courses. Admission to the program is selective and competitive, as there are a limited number of seats available within each entering class (maximum 56). Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit their completed application and all supplemental application materials 5 to 6 months prior to the term to which they wish to be considered for entry.

    The next term for entry consideration is August 2017 (classes begin August 28, 2017).  To ensure consideration of possible entry selection to the August 2017 entering class, you are encouraged to submit application and all required supplemental application documents no later than March 31, 2017.  For consideration to the January 2018 entering class (classes begin January 8, 2018), the deadline for submission of application and all required supplemental application documents is July 28, 2017.

    Eleven prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the program (see link below for "Nursing Transfer Equivalency Table").

    • English Composition II
    • Intermediate Algebra
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Developmental (Lifespan) Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Health Care Ethics
    • Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences or Biochemistry
    • Anatomy  
    • Physiology  
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition

    All science courses, including mathematics, must have been completed within the last 5 years with grades of C+ or higher.  If courses have been repeated, a grade of B or higher is expected.

    The bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN) Second Degree Option (SDO) selections committee reserves the right to modify prerequisites.

    The accelerated program is designed as an immersion experience. The program requires enrolling in approximately 20 credits a semester, while also completing clinical practice of 16-24 hours each week.

    Supplemental Application Materials

    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives (essay/personal statement).
      • If you have prerequisite courses in progress, please provide a printed copy your current registration/course schedule.
    • An Autobiographical Statement of Personal Goals and Objectives (Essay) - This is your first personal introduction to any member of the selection committee. Include some personal information (what makes you, you; challenges faced and overcome; personal achievements; why you have selected this particular career-path).  Most individuals submit a 1-2 page document.
    • Letters of recommendation - a minimum of two are required.  Please limit your references to a maximum of three.  All letters ought to appear on official business or institutional letterhead, contain an original signature and the reference's professional title with contact information.
    • CV/Resume.
    • All international applicants, for whom English is not their native language or the primary language spoken in the home, must present evidence of meeting University English Language Requirements.
      • Applicants who are non-citizens or non-permanent residents of the United States, please note additional requirements for International Students.

    ALL supporting application documents ought to be forwarded to:

    Karin A. La Rose-Neil, Director
    MSON Academic and Student Affairs
    UDM College of Health Professions
    4001 W. McNichols Rd.
    Detroit, MI  48221-3038

    For transmission of official electronic transcripts:  laroseka@udmercy.edu

    You can apply to the BSN Second Degree Option (SDO) program through our online application (select "TRANSFER" as your application type and "Nursing Second Degree" as the Major. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact: Liz Boyar at turzael@udmercy.edu or (313) 993-2445  If you are currently attending or have previously attended the University of Detroit Mercy as an undergraduate student, there is a separate application process.  For Internal Application procedures, please contact Liz Boyar.

    • Nursing Transfer Equivalency Table
      • If the course you have completed is not listed in the Nursing Transfer Equivalency Table and you feel it meets the requirements for admission, please contact the Registrar’s Office to have it reviewed by the Transfer Team at transferteam@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1940.
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    Program Outcomes

    Upon program completion, BSN students are expected to meet the following program outcomes:

    1. Provide compassionate care with a commitment to social justice.
    2. Evaluate culturally sensitive person-centered care practices in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and illness management for the health of people across the lifespan.
    3. Manage the delivery of person-centered care through effective delegation, prioritization and leadership practices.
    4. Use transparent person-centered nursing interventions in assessing the client’s environment, prioritizing care and following established health care (institution/agency) policies and procedures.
    5. Use quality improvement models to analyze health care delivery systems and policies that affect the health of people.
    6. Implement knowledge driven actions in professional nursing practice derived from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
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    Sample Program Plan

RN to BSN Completion

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    Overview

    This program is designed specifically for licensed registered nurses (RN) with an associate or diploma degree to obtain a bachelor of science in Nursing (BSN). Students enter the cohort and complete the nursing coursework in a four semester modular format. Courses are delivered in a hybrid format, offering students the convenience of on-line learning while also providing the value of face-to-face interaction. For more information, please call 313-993-2455.
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    Admission Requirements

    Criteria for the RN-BSN Completion Program

    • Must be a licensed Registered Nurse
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5

    Steps to Being Admitted

    1. Apply online, selecting the "Transfer (US)" link. Non-US citizens should apply online and select the "International Transfer" link.
    2. Request official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    3. Send a photocopy of your RN license.

    Send all documents directly to the following:

    Office of Admissions
    University of Detroit Mercy
    4001 W. McNichols Road
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038

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    Program Outcomes

    Upon program completion, BSN students are expected to meet the following program outcomes:

    1. Provide compassionate care with a commitment to social justice.
    2. Evaluate culturally sensitive person-centered care practices in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention and illness management for the health of people across the lifespan.
    3. Manage the delivery of person-centered care through effective delegation, prioritization and leadership practices.
    4. Use transparent person-centered nursing interventions in assessing the client’s environment, prioritizing care and following established health care (institution/agency) policies and procedures.
    5. Use quality improvement models to analyze health care delivery systems and policies that affect the health of people.
    6. Implement knowledge driven actions in professional nursing practice derived from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
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    Sample Program Plan

    RN to BSN Completion Sample Program Plan

    In addition to the four semester plan above, students must meet Detroit Mercy Supportive Core and Core requirements:

    • Supportive Core 
      • BIO 2300/2310/2320/2330 Anatomy & Physiology I and II (8 hours)
      • SOC 1000 Intro to Sociology (3 hours)
      • CHM 1015 Chemical Principles (3 hours)
      • PYC 1000 Intro to Psychology (3 hours)
    • 1 Elective Supportive Core
      • BIO 2040 Nutrition OR BIO 2410 Microbiology OR NUR 3380 Pathophysiology (3 hours)
        (Or other approved course by the department)
    • Core 
      • ENL 1310 Academic Writing (3 hours)
      • CST 1010 Speech (3 hours)
      • PHL 1000 Intro to Philosophy (3 hours)
      • Religion (3 hours)
      • Philosophy or Religion (3 hours)
      • MTH 1010 Intermediate Algebra (3hours)
      • History (3 hours)
      • Literature (3 hours)
      • Aesthetic (3 hours)
      • Comparative Experience (3 hours)

    Undergraduate Catalog listings

    Nursing Transfer Table

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