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

variety of health classes

Mission Statement

The College of Health Professions provides a transformative education grounded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions. We are committed to prepare compassionate and competent health professionals, who are dedicated to serve and lead while respecting diversity and human differences, valuing social justice, and advocating for equitable healthcare within a global society.

Guiding Values


We commit to academic excellence that fosters integrity, intellectual rigor, personal development, and student-centered learning in an environment that values reflection and inclusivity.


We commit to heartfelt solidarity with those suffering and in need, and to engage in transformative acts of mercy and justice; love, compassion, forgiveness, caring, and kindness.


We commit to confronting oppressive systems as we recognize all persons' innate dignity and uniqueness reflected in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the Mercy and Jesuit traditions.


We commit to selfless service and advocacy in recognizing and responding to the needs of all with a focus on the disadvantaged, underserved, and vulnerable populations.


We commit to collaborating with others at a local, national, and global level, whose mission is to improve health equity, eliminate health disparities, and enhance health outcomes.

student group inside a star center simulation suite working to diagnos the simulation patient

The Simulation, Technology and Research (STAR) Center

The Simulation, Technology and Research (STAR) Center is a state of the art 5,000 square foot space located on the McNichols Campus in the College of Health Profession (CHP) Building on the second floor.

These simulated hospital suites are fully-equipped with medical supplies and technologies using high fidelity Human Patient Simulators, including adult, obstetrical, and pediatric manikins to prepare students to provide safe, competent and compassionate care in the clinical setting.

STAR Center

Community Outreach

Community-Engaged Learning

For more than six years, Nour Lyon and her husband have been distributing care packs with useful items to members of the unhoused community. 

In 2022, Lyon received a microgrant through the University that helped fund her care pack initiative and this spring, she received a Ford Community Corps Partnership (FCCP) grant which assists in funding her project and turns her PA class into a service-learning course.  

A service-learning course requires you to include a service activity within the course along with finding a community partner, so Lyon chose The NOAH Project (Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless) as her community partner. 

Detroit Mercy service-learning project provides care packs for people in need

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.