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Healthy Times - Fall 2005

Partnerships expand educational opportunities for students

Ongoing partnerships with dozens of health care organizations and hundreds of practitioners have helped the College of Health Professions and the McAuley School of Nursing develop innovative programs that enhance the educational experience at the University of Detroit Mercy.

The benefits of these partnerships go far beyond the clinical experience that is required for the licensing of nurses and other health care practitioners upon completion of their academic degrees. 

The cooperative nature of managing these clinical educational programs creates a valuable dialogue between the University and health care providers. Hospital administrators help shape academic programs that are responsive to their changing needs, while the faculty at the College of Health Professions stays current with the latest trends in health care.

This process also leads to new programs that offer exciting educational opportunities to students.

“We’re always open to new partnerships,” says Judith Lewis, associate dean of the McAuley School of Nursing. “We’re always looking for ways to collaborate with health care systems.”

The shortage of nursing and healthcare professionals across the country is a great concern for both the College of Health Professions and its partners. One reason why the University and health care providers work so well together is that they share the common goal of attracting talented students to the healthcare profession.

Creating new and exciting educational programs is a great way to accomplish that objective. The College of Health Professions will continue to seek new partnerships—like the following examples—to open up new opportunities for its students.