Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013

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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 prelicensure 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. Upon completion of the BSN degree, the student is eligible to apply 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 accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC 20036. Phone: (202) 887-6791, Fax: (202) 887-8476

Admission Criteria
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 and completion of ACE PASSPORT requirements. A criminal background check, urine drug screen and fingerprinting 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.

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, 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.

Transfer applicants must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 based upon 16 semester hours of college work and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in science and math. A minimum Composite Percentage score of 75 on the Health Education Systems Inc (HESI) is required. Nursing applicants may only complete the HESI twice to achieve a passing score. Applicants should have completed the following prerequisite course work: English composition (English composition I and II if transferring from a community college), intermediate algebra, anatomy, physiology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory sociology and introductory psychology. A pre-enrollment assessment to determine initial competencies in English composition and intermediate algebra may be required.

Accelerated Second Degree Option
An intensive 12 month program option for students with a previous bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing from an accredited institution. A minimum baccalaureate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is highly recommended, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in sciences and math courses. Eleven prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the program.

  • English Composition (English Composition I and II if taken at a Community College)
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental (Lifespan) Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Medical/Healthcare Ethics
  • Biochemistry (organic/biochemistry)
  • Anatomy (Human)
  • Physiology (Human)
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition

All science courses must have been taken in the last 7 years.

The accelerated program is designed as an immersion experience. The program requires taking 21 credits a semester while also completing clinical practice for 16-24 hours each week.


Degree Requirements

Nursing Core Curriculum for the Accelerated Second Degree Program (58 Credits)

NUR 2050 Health Assessment 2
NUR 2550 Evidence-Based Culturally Completed Care I 5
NUR 2560 Evidence-Based Culturally Completed Care Practicum I 5
NUR 2710 Introduction to Professional Nursing 2
NUR 2800 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NUR 3380 Pathophysiology 4
NUR 3550 Evidence-Based Culturally Competent Care II 7
NUR 3560 Evidence-Based Culturally Competent Care Practicum II 7
NUR 3710 Professional Role Development: Transition to Practice 2
NUR 3860 Research and Scientific Inquiry I: A Basis for Professional Practice 3
NUR 4520 Evidence-Based Culturally Competent Care III 5
NUR 4530 Evidence-Based Culturally Competent Care Practicum III 6
NUR 4860 Research and Scientific Inquiry II: Synthesis and Dissemination 2
NUR 4910 Comprehensive Nursing Preceptorship 5

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Students
In order to be admitted to the MSON, registered nurse students must meet the entrance requirements for the University and have a minimum overall cumulative GPA 2.5 in previous academic work. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of graduation from a state approved diploma nursing program or associate degree program and licensure to practice in their home state as a registered nurse.

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 quality point 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 profession.

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.

Graduation Requirements
Candidates for the BSN degree must complete a minimum of 126 semester hours. Pre-licensure candidates are required to have an additional four credits of cooperative education experience. 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 and the supportive core courses as established by the McAuley School of Nursing.

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 receive an overall education consistent with the mission of the University. Details of the core as it applies to students in the McAuley School of Nursing are as follows:

Objective I (6 cr.)


CST 1010  
ENL 1310  

Objective II (6 cr.)

MTH 1010  
CIS 1000 Core

Objective III (9 cr.)

Scientific Literacy:

SOC 1000  
BIO 2540  
BIO 2550  

Objective IV (9 cr.)
Meaning & Value: Same requirements as general outline

Objective V (12 cr.)
Diverse Human Experience: Same requirements as general outline.

Objective VI (6 cr.)

Social Responsibility:

ETH 3580  
NUR 4200  

Cooperative Education Program
The Cooperative Education sequence is one of the unique aspects of the MSON and is a required component for the basic pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program. Cooperative education is a structured educational experience integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences that are paid and related to the nursing field. Four co-op credits are required in addition to the required 126 credits of the nursing curriculum. The cooperative education experience affords students further opportunities to integrate classroom learning with related work experience, develop maturity and responsibility, and maximize the program outcomes when they graduate as baccalaureate-prepared nurses.

During Stage I of the nursing program, students enroll in CEC 3000, Cooperative Education Preparation, a one-credit prerequisite course prior to the co-op experience. Students are not eligible for co-op until successful completion of NUR 2440 and NUR 2460. Students will then be required to complete two co-op experiences as outlined in the McAuley curricular plan for a total of three credits.

All students will complete the following in addition to the University Core Curriculum:

Nursing Core Curriculum (58 Credits)

NUR 2040 Self Awareness for Nurses Practicing in Interdisciplinary Environments 2
NUR 2050 Health Assessment 2
NUR 2440 Fundamentals of Adult Health Nursing 3
NUR 2450 Skills in Adult Health Nursing 1
NUR 2460 Practicum in Adult Health Nursing 1
NUR 2800 Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NUR 2860 Health Restoration in Adults 4
NUR 2870 Adult Health Practicum 3
NUR 3330 Health Restoration of Adults &Their Families 3
NUR 3360 Mental Health of Adults &Their Families 3
NUR 3350 Integrated Practicum with Adults &Their Families 4
NUR 3380 Pathophysiology 4
NUR 3600 Nursing Research &Its Utilization in Health Care 3
NUR 3640 Childbearing &Childrearing Families in Health and Illness 4
NUR 3650 Integrated Practicum with Child-bearing & Childrearing Families 4
NUR 4200 Intervening with Families & Aggregates at Risk 3
NUR 4420 Community as Partner: Implications of Urban Health 2
NUR 4440 Leadership & Management in Nursing in a Changing Health Care System 2
NUR 4450 Integrated Leadership & Community Practicum 3
NUR 4980 Comprehensive Nursing Practicum 3
NUR 4500 Nursing Elective 1

Supportive Core Requirements (35 Credits)

BIO 2040 Applied Nutrition 3
BIO 2410 Microbiology 3
BIO 2420 Microbiology Laboratory 1
BIO 2540/2557 Principles of Human Anatomy 4
BIO 2550 Principles of Human Physiology 3
CHM 1010* Principles of Inorganic, Organic Chemistry 3
CHM 1020 Principles of Organic and Biochemistry 3
ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics 3
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3
STA 2250 Statistics 3
PYC 1000 Introductory Psychology 3
PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology 3

*This course is required for the registered nurse who has not fulfilled a basic chemistry requirement.

RN to BSN Degree Completion (BSN) for the Registered Nurse

Designed specifically for the returning RN, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion cohort program builds on student strengths and competence as a practicing nurse.  Students enter the cohort and complete the coursework in a five-semester modular format (5 academic semesters).  The curriculum responds to the most recent IOM report, Future for Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, and incorporates the principles of Magnet status.  The two primary curricular threads are leadership and evidence-based practice, and all students complete a capstone project designed to assist the student and their institution to achieve overall goals and objectives.

Courses are delivered in a hybrid format on-site and on the same day and time all five modules.  Students complete some work on-site and some online to use technology and maximize efficiency for the working adult.  With this format, the program will enable the student to visualize patient care from both a microsystem and professional perspective.

Graduates of a state approved diploma or associate degree program who are actively practicing nursing or within five years of graduation will receive 45 upper division semester hours of credit in nursing. The 45 credit hours will be awarded as upper division nursing hours under state licensure examination. The BSN completion option can be completed through part-time study in partnership with various health care systems in the Metropolitan Detroit area, the University Center Macomb and at extended campus locations in Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

Required Nursing Courses (29 Credits)

NUR 3250 Transition to the Professional Nurse 3
NUR 3255 Leadership in Transformational Practice 4
NUR 3260 Project Development Phase I - Choosing Your Research Focus 1
NUR 3420 Advanced Physical Assessment 2
NUR 3265 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 3270 Concepts in Pharmacology Management 2
NUR 3275 Project Development Phase 2 - Implementation 1
NUR 4225 Evidence-based Practice Research 5
NUR 4230 Project Development Phase 3 - Implementation 1
NUR 4235 Population-based Health within the Community 3
NUR 4240 Participative Leadership  3
NUR 4245 Project Development Phase 4 - Research Dissemination 1

Supportive Core Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program (38 Credits)

BIO 2540 Principles of Human Anatomy 3
BIO 2570 Principles of Human Anatomy Lab 1
BIO 2550 Principles of Human Physiology 3
CHM 1010 Principles of Inorganic, Organic Chemistry* 3
HIM 1090 Health Informatics for Practicing Nurses 3
ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics 3
PYC 1000 Introductory Psychology 3
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3

This course is required for the registered nurse who has not fulfilled a basic chemistry requirement

Students must complete a total of 126 credits for graduation and fulfill all core requirements of the University as identified in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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 UDM’s.

It requires four years of study, including all class work at Aquinas taught by Aquinas and University of Detroit Mercy faculty, and clinical experience at Saint Mary’s Health Care facilities throughout West Michigan. Students are also placed in paid cooperative positions earning both income and college credit.

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. This unique partnership has been approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and the NLNAC.

The University of Detroit Mercy McAuley School of Nursing has collaborative agreements with a variety of health care agencies that provide students with high quality clinical experiences.

A partial list of health care agencies with affiliated student clinical placements follows:


  • Blodgett Hospital
  • Brighton Hospital
  • Butzel Community Center
  • Cabrini Clinic
  • Care Choices
  • CHASS Clinic
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Coalition of Temporary Shelters (COTS)
  • Crittenton Hospital
  • Detroit Medical Center Hospitals & Clinics
  • Garden City Hospital
  • Gesu Parish
  • Head Start
  • Henry Ford Health System & Medical Centers
  • Hospice of Michigan
  • Hutzel Hospital and Medical Centers
  • IHM School
  • McAuley Health Center
  • McLaren Regional Medical Center
  • Most Holy Trinity School
  • Mt. Clemens General Hospital
  • Oakland County Health Department
  • Oakwood Health System & Medical Centers
  • Providence Hospital & Medical Centers
  • St. Gertrude’s Parish
  • St. John Health System
  • St. Luke and St. Brigid Parish
  • St. Mary Mercy Hospital
  • St. Scholastica School
  • Sunrise Assisted Living
  • Thea Bowman Nurse Managed Care Clinic
  • Trinity Health
  • Toledo Hospital
  • University of Michigan Hospital
  • VA Medical Center, Detroit and Ann Arbor
  • Vista Nuevas Head Start Program

Program Contact Information:

  • Undergraduate Admissions: Monica Krystyniak
  • McNichols Campus
  • Telephone: (313) 993-1044
  • Toll-free: 800-635-5020
  • E-mail: krystyml@udmercy.edu
  • Website

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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