Program Overview


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree offered at Aquinas College is in collaboration with the University of Detroit Mercy and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. 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 program with an emphasis on community based nursing, educates students to work in primary care settings and agencies, clinics, and schools as well as hospitals. Students are taught to collaborate with community leaders, teachers, parents, and physicians to improve the overall health of communities. You will study changing health care trends, acute care management, community health, and research. In other words, you will be prepared to excel on whatever nursing path you choose. Additionally, individuals, families, and groups in health education, disease prevention, and health promotion are an integral part of the program. Because of its broad scope, this program is unique in West Michigan. A few of the advantages of the program are:
Direct Admission
Aquinas College and University of Detroit Mercy offer a unique opportunity for our incoming nursing students when it comes to the admission process. Direct Admission means that, once enrolling student’s application is accepted, the student will NOT have to complete a second application after completing pre-requisite classes. Prospective students are admitted directly into the nursing program. Nursing classes for our students begin in the Spring Semester of their freshman year. Clinical instruction begins in the Spring Semester of the sophomore year.
Admission to the nursing program does not guarantee you a spot in the program. In order to secure a spot, (once you are admitted) you must submit your enrollment deposit. We currently offer 60 spots per fall semester. Incoming freshman will be given spots on a first come, first serve basis. Transfer students who are eligible for the nursing program will be placed on an alternate list for the upcoming fall class. Your alternative list status is only valid for the upcoming fall class.


We have a new skills lab located at Mercy Health Saint Mary's, dedicated for the nursing students in our program, with equipment that is currently being used in the hospitals, and equipped with mannequins for the students to practice on.  We also have a state of the art simulation lab located at Mercy Health Saint Mary's, with infant, pediatric and adult simulation mannequins.  The simulation lab mimics patient rooms on a medical unit, an emergency room and an operating room.  The simulation lab is also equipped with recording equipment so that students not involved directly in the simulation itself can participate via video.
Hands on Experience
Students will work side-by-side with the professional nursing staff at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Spectrum Health, Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, and a variety of different health-care facilities throughout West Michigan. Leadership development, service learning, and clinical experience are all built into the BSN curriculum. The clinical supervision ratio is one faculty member for every eight students.  Having smaller class sizes allows students to receive individual attention from their professors.

Career Placement

100 percent of AQ/UDM Nursing graduates are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate or professional programs within six months of graduation, with one recent class receiving multiple employment offers per graduate. Recent graduates are employed in the neonatal intensive care unit at Helen DeVos Children’s hospital, the emergency room at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, the intensive care unit at Mott’s Children Hospital in Ann Arbor, and Labor and Delivery at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. We also have students in top graduate and doctoral programs at University of Michigan, Duke, and University of Washington.


Some of our students have also chosen to work part-time with local hospitals to gain more experience prior to beginning their clinical work through the program.
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