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December 11, 2018
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PT BSN) program practice on mannequins

New program can save students more than $13,000 in tuition costs over length of program

University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) has created a Part-Time Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PT BSN) program that can save students more than $13,000 in tuition costs over the length of the eight-semester program.

This new program will begin in May 2019 and is currently seeking students to fill 30 seats for the first cohort.

Like all Detroit Mercy’s Nursing programs, the new part-time Bachelor of Science in Nursing track is accredited by the Commission of College Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. In addition, this new track is built upon the highly successful full-time BSN track offered by Detroit Mercy. However, the new part-time program track operates throughout the year and provides students the ability to graduate in eight semesters (approximately 2.5 years) while attending nursing courses and clinical obligations three days per week year-round.

Dr. Neal Rosenburg, dean of the College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing, said that this track represents a new approach that provides working adults with a program tailored specifically to their busy lives.        

“Mapping out a thoughtful and feasible sequencing of nursing courses for delivery with the intention of recognizing, valuing and celebrating the busy, working adult is challenging,” he said. “Detroit Mercy’s McAuley School of Nursing is answering this call. The launch of the new part-time track in the existing, rigorous nursing program will allow working adults an opportunity to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing at a reasonable pace. This program approach will help promote success in the academic setting while making sure students are able to maintain care of their work, family and health. I am thrilled to see this track begin at Detroit Mercy as we open up new possibilities for individuals seeking a career in nursing.”

The new PT BSN track will build upon the 66 college credits of the highly successful traditional/ full-time BSN track option. The PT BSN track will operate throughout the year to help students progress and graduate in eight semesters while only attending nursing courses and clinical obligations three days per week. Detroit Mercy will provide semester sequencing that allows students four consecutive days each week that do not require physical presence on the University campus or at any clinical/community sites. As a result, these important adjustments protect the PT BSN student’s time to work or maintain a home-life balance.

In addition, this program offers a block rate tuition structure. There will be no tuition increases during the program as long as students successfully complete each course and progress as expected. The program’s flexibility also gives working adults the chance to maintain their career and personal lives while also pursuing a degree in the nursing field.

According to the U.S. Department of Bureau Labor Statistics, the average salary for a nurse is $70,000 a year. Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing are also affiliated with nearly all hospital systems in southeast Michigan. This strong affiliation provides students an opportunity to learn a variety of healthcare systems and represents one of the many distinct advantages of Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing over other programs. With nationally recognized faculty and small class sizes, students will receive personalized attention and develop strong, close-knit relationships with fellow students and their professors, which helps to further ensure their academic and career success.

Detroit Mercy’s new Part-Time Bachelor of Science in Nursing track seeks an initial class of 30 students. The program will begin May 7, 2019. For more information about admission requirements, please visit https://bit.ly/2ALkGEv, or contact Jenny Duncil at 313-993-2455 or dunciljl@udmercy.edu.

Click here for more about Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing.

Group of students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (PT BSN) program
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