Innovative program prepares new nurses at graduate level and is first in state

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August 03, 2020
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The MEAGN program is an appealing option for individuals seeking a second degree in nursing

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and University of Detroit Mercy is responding to the increasing need for registered nurses with a new program that is the first of its kind in Michigan.

The Master’s Entry Advanced Generalist Nursing (MEAGN) program prepares anyone with a bachelor’s degree for a nursing career in less than 17 months.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to become a registered nurse, earning a second bachelor’s degree in nursing isn’t your only option anymore. MEAGN allows you to begin a nursing career by earning a graduate-level nursing degree.

“We have created an innovative program, combining graduate and nursing courses with clinical experiences to prepare students for the healthcare workforce” said Lori Glenn, a clinical associate professor in Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing.

The MEAGN program will begin January 2021 and is currently seeking students to fill 24 seats for the first cohort.

Coursework is delivered 100% online or in a hybrid model, with the first semester being completely online. MEAGN is accredited by the Commission of College Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The program’s curriculum consists of a blend of 15 prelicensure and master-level courses, and introduces students to a variety of topics, from nursing theory and professionalism in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions to pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology.

“Graduate level courses provide additional opportunities to enhance critical thinking, develop leadership, promote evidence based practice, impact population health and advocate for patients and the profession,” Glenn said.

MEAGN offers students a number of perks and benefits, including:

  • Preferred admission status for post-graduate studies at Detroit Mercy
  • National Council Examination (NCLEX) preparation activities during the program’s prelicensure courses
  • A low student-faculty ratio, providing students individualized attention from faculty members, many of whom actively practice nursing and have doctoral degrees
  • Multiple clinical experiences for hands-on learning

“The McAuley School of Nursing has an excellent reputation for developing practice-ready graduates,” Glenn said. “MEAGN students benefit from a combination of modern innovative methods of learning with Mercy and Jesuit traditions that honor the human condition through compassion, empathy and caring, while valuing social justice and service to the poor and underserved.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12% from 2018-28, much faster than the average for all occupations. In Michigan, average pay for registered nurses in 2019 was $73,200 per year, or $35.19 per hour.

Individuals interested in the MEAGN program must submit their application by Oct. 1, 2020 to be considered for the winter 2021 semester, which begins on Jan. 8, 2021.

For more information about the program, see the MEAGN webpage, or contact Lori Glenn at 313-993-1693 or glennla@udmercy.edu, or Graduate Nursing Specialist Suzanne Erwin at 313-993-1828 or erwinsm@udmercy.edu.

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