College of Health Professions
The College of Health Professions, in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, prepares professionals to lead individuals, families and communities to optimal health and well-being. In order to become health care professionals, students need a strong foundation in the liberal arts and an integration of these courses throughout the curriculum. It is through the integration of health professional knowledge, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning with the arts, sciences, and humanities that the culturally-competent health care professional will be educated. The Vision for the College is that we will be recognized as an urban center of academic excellence, distinguished by community partnerships and graduates who lead, serve, and promote health and social justice.
Health care professionals in the future should be able to work effectively as team members with a variety of other providers and managers in a wide array of settings. Through their course of studies, graduates of the College of Health Professions will be able to:
1. Care for the community’s health, appreciating the growing diversity of the population and health care needs in the context of different cultural values.
2. Provide contemporary clinical care.
3. Communicate effectively.
4. Manage information and use technology appropriately in the delivery of health care.
5. Involve clients and families in the health care decision making process.
6. Promote healthy life styles.
7. Participate in continuing learning to maintain professional competence throughout practice life.
The College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration. The McAuley School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
Academic advising in the College of Health Professions is a shared responsibility between students and faculty members. Upon entry to the College, each student is assigned to a faculty member who will provide academic counseling, guidance services and monitor student progress.
Cooperative Education is an educational option through which the students gain practical work experience related to their major and career goals. The structured program combines periods of paid training in health care delivery systems, business, industry and government with periods of classroom study.
McAuley School of Nursing
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 is built 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 competent, skilled and culturally sensitive baccalaureate and master’s level nurses who are committed to provide high quality, 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 prelicensure and registered nurse students with a special accelerated option for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. In addition, in partnership with Aquinas College and Saint Mary’s Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids, the McAuley School of Nursing offers the baccalaureate degree in Nursing. Upon completion of the BSN degree, the student is eligible to take the NCLEX examination to practice as a registered nurse.
The undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor New York City, N.Y. 10006 (212) 363-5555 (ext.153).