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The McAuley School of Nursing is committed to graduating culturally competent, caring nursing practitioners who have the ability to meet society’s rapidly evolving health care needs with a strong focus on nursing in the community. It seeks to develop students who will have the competencies to provide contemporary clinical care, make critical decisions within an ethical framework, communicate effectively, utilize leadership and management skills, and design and coordinate health promotion, risk reduction, and illness and disease management strategies for clients, families and communities. To function competently in this capacity requires an education that is value-based and promotes spiritual, social, and psychological growth of the learner.

The nursing curriculum builds upon a foundation of liberal arts and sciences and strives to encourage critical thinking. In addition, the mission of the McAuley School of Nursing is to prepare skilled baccalaureate and master’s level nurses who are committed to provide high quality, culturally competent cost-effective health care services to individuals, families and communities. Congruent with the University’s mission, the program focuses on providing nursing care to the underserved in an urban context. The McAuley School of Nursing offers a baccalaureate degree in nursing to both pre-licensure and registered nurse students with a special accelerated option for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. In addition, in partnership with Aquinas College and Saint Mary's Health Care in Grand Rapids, the McAuley School of Nursing offers the baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN). Upon completion of the BSN degree, the student is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX examination to practice as a registered nurse.

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    Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Master of Science in Nursing degree, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Detroit Mercy, McAuley School of Nursing are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 887-6791.

    The undergraduate nursing programs are fully approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

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    Academic Standards

    Students in the McAuley School of Nursing must attain a minimum grade of “C” or better in all nursing and supportive core courses. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 quality points. The academic policies published in the School of Nursing Student Handbook govern academic conduct, progression, withdrawal and dismissal.

    The School of Nursing reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from a nursing course or from its program even when the overall grade pointe average is 2.5 or better if, in the judgment of the faculty or dean, the student does not possess the requisite skills, personal integrity, emotional stability and/or social competence to succeed in the nursing program.

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    Academic Recognition

    Membership in Lambda Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International is awarded to outstanding undergraduate nursing students who rank in the upper third of their junior and senior years and have been recommended by faculty and community members of Sigma Theta Tau International.

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    Graduation Requirements

    Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must complete a minimum of 129 semester hours. Undergraduate degree requirements include a 2.5 cumulative GPA out of a possible 4.0 and a “C” or better in nursing and supportive core courses. Candidates must complete the University Core Curriculum as well as supportive core and nursing core courses as established by the McAuley School of Nursing.

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    Admission Criteria

    Admission to the MSON is competitive and completion of minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Students are not eligible for admission to the MSON if they have been dismissed from a previous nursing program. Exceptions to this policy can only be made by an appeal to the MSON Academic Progression Committee. In addition, applicants will be considered for admission based on their ability to meet the minimum mental and physical qualifications of the nursing program including the clinical practice requirements for entry into professional nursing practice. Admission to clinical nursing courses is contingent upon submission of documentation verifying a health history and physical examination, evidence of immunizations according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for health care providers, and an approved CPR course within the last year as well as completion of ACE PASSPORT requirements. A criminal background check and urine drug screen are required of all nursing students prior to entering the clinical courses. A positive result from any of the tests may impact a student's ability to complete the program. Students are expected to maintain their own health insurance for illness and injury.

    Freshman (Pre-Licensure)

    In order to be admitted to the McAuley School of Nursing, applicants need to meet the general entrance requirements of the University. In addition, they should have completed at least four units of English, two units of laboratory science (chemistry and biology), two units of mathematics, and two units of history and/or social science. Applicants must have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in high school mathematics and sciences courses. A minimum score of 21 on the ACT or a score of 1000 on the SAT is required.

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    Nursing (BSN) Degree Requirements

    All students admitted to the Bachelor of Science Nursing program will complete the following dynamic, state-of-the-art curriculum which responds to the most recent IOM report, Future for Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, as well as Quality and Safety Education for Nurses and The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2010). Students will have the opportunity to integrate service and social justice from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective.

    Nursing Core Curriculum

    • NUR 1000 Freshman Success Seminar I (0 credits)
    • NUR 1010 Freshman Success Seminar II (0 credits)
    • NUR 2100 Introduction to Nursing Practice in Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2 credits)
    • NUR 2120 Nursing Informatics (3 credits)
    • NUR 2200 Health Assessment and Physical Examination (2 credits)
    • NUR 2500 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • NUR 2520 Nursing Skills Lab (1 credit)
    • NUR 2540 Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • HLH 2550 Population Health and Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • NUR 3380 Pathophysiology (4 credits)
    • NUR 3100 Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 3150 Mental Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3200 Medical Surgical Nursing I (3 credits)
    • NUR 3210 Medical Surgical Nursing I Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3300 Pharmacology I (2 credits)
    • NUR 3700 Medical Surgical Nursing II (3 credits)
    • NUR 3750 Medical Surgical Nursing II Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3310 Pharmacology II (2 credits)
    • NUR 3800 Maternal Child Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 3810 Maternal Child Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4100 Pediatric Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 4150 Pediatric Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4300 Community Health Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 4350 Community Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4500 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
    • NUR 4600 Nursing Leadership (2 credits)
    • NUR 4650 Nursing Leadership Immersion (3 credits)
    • NUR 4652 Senior Seminar (1 credit)
    • NUR 4755 Professional Practice from a Mercy and Jesuit Perspective (3 credits)

    Supportive Core Requirements

    • BIO 2040 Applied Nutrition (3 credits)
    • BIO 2410 General Microbiology (3 credits)
    • BIO 2420 General Microbiology Laboratory (1 credit)
    • BIO 2300 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture I (3 credits)
    • BIO 2310 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I (1 credit)
    • BIO 2320 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture II (3 credits)
    • BIO 2330 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II (1 credit)
    • CHM 1025* Introductory Chemistry for the Health Sciences (3 credits)
    • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
    • MTH 1010* Algebra (3 credits)
    • SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
    • STA 2250 Statistics (3 credits)
    • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

    *Requires a placement exam.

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    Transfer (Pre-Licensure)

    Transfer applicants must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.5; however, a 3.0 or higher will keep you competitive, based upon 30 semester hours of college work and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in science, math and all prerequisites. All science courses must have been completed within the previous 7 years with grades of C or higher. A minimum composite percentage score of 75 on the HESI (Health Education Systems Inc.) exam is required. Nursing applicants may only complete the HESI twice to achieve a passing score. Applicants should have completed the following prerequisite coursework or their equivalents:

    Many other institutions' equivalencies for these courses may be found on the Nursing Transfer Table on the Detroit Mercy website.

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    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Pre-licensure) Requirements:

    All transfer-nursing students admitted to the nursing major will pursue the following curriculum. This dynamic, state-of-the-art curriculum responds to the most recent IOM report, Future for Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, as well as Quality and Safety Education for Nurses and The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2010). Students will have the opportunity to integrate service and social justice from a Mercy and Jesuit perspective.

    Nursing Core Curriculum

    • NUR 2100 Introduction to Nursing Practice in Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2 credits)
    • NUR 2120 Nursing Informatics (3 credits)
    • NUR 2200 Health Assessment and Physical Examination (2 credits)
    • NUR 2500 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (2 credits)
    • NUR 2520 Nursing Skills Lab (1 credit)
    • NUR 2540 Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • HLH 2550 Population Health and Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • NUR 3380 Pathophysiology (4 credits)
    • NUR 3100 Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 3150 Mental Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3200 Medical Surgical Nursing I (3 credits)
    • NUR 3210 Medical Surgical Nursing I Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3300 Pharmacology I (2 credits)
    • NUR 3700 Medical Surgical Nursing II (3 credits)
    • NUR 3750 Medical Surgical Nursing II Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3310 Pharmacology II (2 credits)
    • NUR 3800 Maternal Child Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 3810 Maternal Child Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4100 Pediatric Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 4150 Pediatric Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4300 Community Health Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 4350 Community Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4500 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
    • NUR 4600 Nursing Leadership (2 credits)
    • NUR 4650 Nursing Leadership Immersion (3 credits)
    • NUR 4652 Senior Seminar (1 credit)
    • NUR 4755 Professional Practice from a Mercy and Jesuit Perspective (3 credits)

    Supportive Core Requirements

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    Accelerated Second Degree Option

    An intensive 16-month program option for students with a previous bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 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. 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. All science courses must have been completed within the previous 5 years with grades of C+ or higher. Prior to the start of the program, applicants must complete the following courses or their equivalence:

    Many other institutions' equivalencies for these courses may be found on the Nursing Transfer Table on the Detroit Mercy's website.

    Degree Requirements

    Nursing Core Curriculum for the Accelerated Second Degree Program

    *All courses are offered in a 7 week format

    • NUR 2100 Introduction to Nursing Practice in Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2 credits)
    • NUR 2200 Health Assessment and Physical Examination (2 credits)
    • HLH 2550 Population Health and Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • NUR 2850 Patho-Pharmacology I (4 credits)
    • NUR 2500 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • NUR 2540 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3050 Patho-Pharmacology II (3 credits)
    • NUR 2520 Nursing Skills Lab (1 credit)
    • NUR 3200 Medical Surgical Nursing I (3 credits)
    • NUR 3210 Medical Surgical Nursing I Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4500 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
    • NUR 3700 Medical Surgical Nursing II (3 credits)
    • NUR 3750 Medical Surgical Nursing II Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4600 Nursing Leadership (2 credits)
    • NUR 3100 Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 3150 Mental Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4300 Community Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 4350 Community Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4865 Health of Women and Families (2 credits)
    • NUR 4870 Practicum: Health of Women and Families (2 credits)
    • NUR 4875 Lifespan Care of Children and Families (2 credits)
    • NUR 4880 Practicum: Lifespan Care of Children and Families (2 credits)
    • NUR 4701 Nursing Leadership Immersion (4 credits)
    • NUR 4651 Integrative Seminar (2 credits)
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    RN to BSN Degree Completion (BSN) for the Registered Nurse

    Effective Fall 2016

    This program is designed specifically for licensed registered nurses with an associate or diploma degree to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program builds on the strengths and competence of the practicing registered nurse. Required nursing coursework is completed in four semesters in both hybrid and online format.

    Required Nursing and Supportive Core Courses (30 Credits)

    Semester 1

    • NUR 3251 Transitions into Professional Practice in the Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (3 credits)
    • NUR 3256 Leadership in Nursing Practice (3 credits)

    Semester 2

    • NUR 4500 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
    • NUR 2120 Nursing Informatics (3 credits)
    • NUR 4226 Applied Statistics for Nursing (3 credits)

    Semester 3

    • HLH 2550 Population Health and Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • NUR 4241 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics (3 credits)

    Semester 4

    • NUR 4300 Community Health Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 4350 Community Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4246 Integration Seminar for BSN Completion (1 credits)

    Additional Supportive Core (20 Credits)

    • BIO 2300/2310/2320/2330 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 credits)
    • SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
    • CHM 1015 Chemical Principles (3 credits)
    • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • + 1 Elective Science (i.e. BIO 2040 Applied Nutrition or BIO 2410 General Microbiology or NUR 3380 Pathophysiology)

    Core (30 Credits)

    • ENL 1310 Academic Writing (3 credits)
    • CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech (3 credits)
    • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
    • Religion (3 credits)
    • Philosophy or Religion (3 credits)
    • MTH 1010 Algebra (3 credits)
    • History (3 credits)
    • Literature (3 credits)
    • Aesthetic (3 credits)
    • Comparative Experience (3 credits)

    Total credit hours of program = 126, 30 credit hours must be taken at University of Detroit Mercy.

    46 credit hours are awarded for RN licensure credit.

    63 credit hours can be transferred from a community college for a total of 96 credit hours combined from a community college or four-year university.

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    Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Grand Rapids

    The University of Detroit Mercy, Aquinas College and Saint Mary’s Health Care have partnered to bring the University of Detroit Mercy degree to West Michigan.

    The curriculum is built upon a foundation of liberal arts and theoretical sciences. Liberal arts/general education and nursing courses will be offered at Aquinas College. The curriculum is equivalent to Detroit Mercy’s. It requires four years of study, including all class work at Aquinas taught by Aquinas and University of Detroit Mercy faculty.Clinical experiences occur throughout West Michigan. Students must complete a minimum of 126 credits for graduation and fulfill all core requirements of the University as identified in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

    University of Detroit Mercy provides 63 credits in all the nursing major and support courses, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology and pathophysiology. Aquinas provides 63 credits in liberal arts and science courses which have been approved by the University of Detroit Mercy Core Curriculum Committee. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy.

    Detroit Mercy Aquinas Supportive Core Equivalencies

    McNichols Course Detroit Mercy Aquinas Course Credits
    BIO 2300/2310 BY 155 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
    BIO 2320/2330 BY 156 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    CHM 1025 CY 156 General, Organic, and Biochemistry II 3
    ENL 1310 GE 101 Inquiry and Expression 3
    PYC 1000 PG 100 Introductory Psychology 3
    SOC 1000 SY 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    BIO 2410/2420 BY 231 Microbiology 4
    PYC 2500 PG 380 Lifespan Development for Health Sciences 3
    STA 2250 MS 151 Elementary Statistics 3
    ETH 3580 PH 244 Medical Ethics 3

    Nursing Core Curriculum

    • NUR 1000 Freshman Success Seminar I (0 credits)
    • NUR 1010 Freshman Success Seminar II (0 credits)
    • NUR 2100 Introduction to Nursing Practice in Mercy and Jesuit Traditions (2 credits)
    • NUR 2120 Nursing Informatics (3 credits)
    • NUR 2200 Health Assessment and Physical Examination (2 credits)
    • NUR 2500 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • NUR 2520 Nursing Skills Lab (1 credit)
    • NUR 2540 Fundamentals of Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • HLH 2550 Population Health and Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • NUR 3380 Pathophysiology (4 credits)
    • NUR 3100 Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 3150 Mental Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3200 Medical Surgical Nursing I (3 credits)
    • NUR 3210 Medical Surgical Nursing I Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3300 Pharmacology I (2 credits)
    • NUR 3700 Medical Surgical Nursing II (3 credits)
    • NUR 3750 Medical Surgical Nursing II Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 3310 Pharmacology II (2 credits)
    • NUR 3800 Maternal Child Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 3810 Maternal Child Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4100 Pediatric Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 4150 Pediatric Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4300 Community Health Nursing (3 credits)
    • NUR 4350 Community Health Nursing Practicum (2 credits)
    • NUR 4500 Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)
    • NUR 4600 Nursing Leadership (2 credits)
    • NUR 4650 Nursing Leadership Immersion (3 credits)
    • NUR 4652 Senior Seminar (1 credit)
    • NUR 4755 Professional Practice from a Mercy and Jesuit Perspective (3 credits)
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    University Core Curriculum

    All undergraduate degree students at University of Detroit Mercy are required to fulfill the objectives of the University's Core Curriculum. The curriculum consists of courses designed to meet objectives which ensure that students received an overall education consistent with the mission of the University. See the Core Curriculum section for more details.

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    Affiliations

    The University of Detroit Mercy - McAuley School of Nursing has collaborative agreements with a variety of health care institutions, medical systems and community agencies. Students are provided with high quality clinical experiences across southeastern and western Michigan.

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    Program Contact Information

    BSN Prelicensure Admissions:

    McNichols Campus
    Telephone: (313) 993-1044
    Toll-free: 800-635-5020

    Accelerated Second Degree Option Admissions:

    McNichols Campus
    Telephone: (313) 993-2445

    Undergraduate Admissions Aquinas:

    Aquinas Campus
    Telephone: (616) 632-2861
    Website

    BSN Completion Admissions:

    McNichols Campus
    Telephone: (313) 993-2455

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