New online program connects with success

Healthy Times, Winter 2002

The McAuley School of Nursing’s new online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program is right on target, according to College of Health Professions Dean Suzanne Mellon.

“What the students are gaining and assimilating is very impressive,” says Mellon.

Twenty students in four states are enrolled in the program, the first at the University of Detroit Mercy taught completely online. It’s designed for registered nurses who already have completed diploma or certificate programs, and offered in partnership with Trinity Health, the nation’s third largest Catholic health system.

Students began the program last May with a pre-course, non-graded project to develop their mission statements.

“This assignment allowed them to get familiar with the program’s software and the concepts of online learning without having to worry about grades,” says Sarah Swart, UDM’s director of Instructional Technology. “It really was fun and had a lot of positive results.”

The program is available to Trinity Health employees in Battle Creek; Fresno, Calif.; Debuke, Iowa; and Boise, Idaho. UDM and Trinity Health are so pleased with the results thus far that they’re planning to expand the program within the system next year.