Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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For 60 years, the McAuley School of Nursing has provided high-quality nursing education. Graduates receive an education rich in liberal arts and professional preparation courses through a curriculum that focuses on developing the whole person: mind, body and spirit.

Our students become caring, compassionate and competent nurses, who utilize critical thinking and ethical decision making, effective communication, leadership skills, and promotion of risk reduction and illness management.

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Providing Assurance

Detroit Mercy first-year students are admitted directly into our School of Nursing from high school. Unlike other schools, you will gain experience early on during clinical rotations that begin your sophomore year.

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Preparing for Success

The Academic Neighborhood is a tool to help you succeed in your classes. Peer educators offer weekly review sessions that follow the same criterion used by faculty. Open labs are frequently available for practicing your motor skills. In addition, NCLEX preparation assessments are embedded into the curriculum to help you pass your licensing exam.

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Hands-on Experiences

The Simulation Lab provides real-time healthcare experiences, helping you to critically think about patient care. In the lab, you will determine the care for a fully-interactive simulated patient who is programmed with a healthcare diagnosis. Schedule a campus visit to see it for yourself.

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Leadership & Service

Our education is founded on the bedrock values of justice and mercy, leadership and service. You will develop a deep understanding of how to affect positive change for the greater good. At graduation, you will be a well-rounded, compassionate professional who can bring a fresh perspective to the workplace and beyond.

Sample Program Plan

Get an idea of the Traditional BSN curriculum with a Sample Program Plan Detroit (PDF) | Sample Program Plan Grand Rapids (PDF).

Top 175

undergraduate nursing program in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


total pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).


of our licensed students are employed upon graduation.

What Students Say

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“I chose Detroit Mercy because I would have had to wait a few years to begin a nursing program at other schools. Here, I was able to start right away.”

— Alonna M., Clinton Township, MI

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“I felt confident in my clinicals because I was able to perfect my skills in the open labs. The labs aren’t crowded so I was able to practice until I felt comfortable.”

— Alex R., Belleville, MI

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“Detroit Mercy prepared me to become a strong advocate at the bedside and a confident leader within the professional nursing community.”

— Sara G., Detroit, MI

Same Program. Different Campus.

Aquinas Nursing Campus, Grand Rapids

University of Detroit Mercy also offers a 4-year baccalaureate program in Grand Rapids, MI. This unique partnership with Aquinas College and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s provides the opportunity for freshman and transfer students to earn the same Detroit Mercy Bachelor of Science in Nursing entirely at Aquinas College.

Learn more about Detroit Mercy at Aquinas College

Undergraduate Nursing Reciprocity Statement

Successful completion of the McAuley School of Nursing undergraduate pre-licensure program at University of Detroit Mercy qualifies the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®) in Michigan. Graduates who plan to practice in Michigan may find more information on licensure from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA):

LARA Board of Nursing website
Phone 517-241-0199

University of Detroit Mercy has not made a determination of whether the nursing curriculum meets the educational requirements in any state other than Michigan. Any graduate who plans to take the NCLEX-RN® or practice in a state other than Michigan may contact the Office of the Dean of College of Health Professions/MSON at

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