University of Detroit Mercy Nursing School Review

The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) is a result of consolidation of two distinct higher education institutions; Mercy College of Detroit and the University of Detroit. The former was founded in 1941 and the latter in 1877 but the union took place in 1990 to form the current university. The university is consecrated in the catholic faith and it prides itself to be the largest Catholic university in the State of Michigan. Following this strong affiliation to the Catholic Church, it is largely sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy.

McAuley School of Nursing

The McAuley School of nursing; a school of the University of Detroit Mercy is committed to producing highly competent undergraduate and advanced practice nurses. The school has a number of programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and also approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.  Programs in offer are:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

At the McAuley School of nursing, students can follow three distinct but converging routes to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree as outlined below:

  • BSN-Traditional Track

This track is specifically designed to train new nursing students. The program takes four years of full time study to complete and aims at preparing students for the NCLEX-RN exam. Students take a total of 130 credits with 1 or 2 credits for each extra summer semester.

  • Second Degree BSN

This program is meant for students with another baccalaureate degree in fields other than nursing. The program is highly accelerated and intensive; taking only 12 months to complete. Due to the intensity of learning, the program is available on full time study mode only. After completion of 58 credit hours, students graduate with a BSN degree and are eligible for write the NCLEX-RN exam.

  • RN to BSN Completion Program

This is a highly flexible program that welcomes adult RNs to take their education a notch higher. The program is offered in all the three campuses of the university and is also available as an online option.

This particular program is also offered in partnership by University of Detroit Mercy and Macomb Community College. In this plan, students get a direct transition from Macomb to UDM. All transfer students receive 35 to 38 credit hours in recognition of their associate degree or diploma and only take 90 credits at the university to be eligible for graduation.

There is also a partnership with the university, St Mary’s Health care and Aquinas College to offer the residents of Grand Rapids the chance of the RN to BSN completion. This program is unique in that, RN students receive paid employment co-operation in St Mary’s during the course of their program.

Master of Science in Nursing

There are a total of four master-level advanced practice nursing programs at University of Detroit Mercy namely:

  • MSN Clinical nurse Leader
  • MSN-Health Systems Management
  • MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN-Nursing Education

The clinical nurse leader track is offered both as a full time and part time program requiring 42 credit hours. Some courses are also offered online while the site based classes are held late in the evenings. The Nurse Educator option requires 46 credits offered exclusively online with both part time and full time provisions. The full time option is designed to take two years while the part time can take three year but students can be allowed for up to 5 years.

The family nurse practitioner and health system management tracks require 44 and 38 credits respectively and are available on part time and full time modes. No online options are available for these two programs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This terminal nursing degree requires 36 credits culminating in a clinical capstone project. The curriculum is delivered in a hybrid of online and site based classes of both part time and full time study. The site based classes are held in late evenings on one day/week for 16months of the full time study but a longer period for part timers.

Post-Graduate Certificates

  • Post-Master Certificate- Adult Health Clinical nurse Specialist (online program)
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate- Financial Management and Nursing Leadership
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate Nursing Education
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate- Outcomes in Performance Management

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit,
MI 48221