Nursing at Aquinas College
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Why Study Nursing?

Detroit Mercy offers a 4-year baccalaureate program in nursing at Aquinas College. Students begin their career path early, with direct admittance to the program as freshmen. The unique partnership between Aquinas College and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s provides students the opportunity to complete a liberal arts education with supportive coursework taught by Aquinas College faculty, while gaining hands on clinical experience at facilities throughout West Michigan. As part of the Mercy/Jesuit tradition, our students will have the opportunity to serve the poor, underserved, vulnerable and marginalized - preparing themselves for a career of making a difference. Our program also boasts a strong mentor program that will match nursing students with upperclassmen to help them through their training. Many of our graduates go on to assume leadership roles in the workplace as well as graduate programs at schools such as University of Michigan, Duke, Rush University and Washington State. 

Aquinas College Embarks on $32 million Science Facility Enhancement 

Aquinas Science Building North As a part of our commitment to the sciences, Aquinas College has embarked on a campaign that includes a $32 million renovation and expansion of our science facilities. Science expansion will pave the way for new programs, innovative research, and student engagement to prepare scientists, nurses, engineers, and mathematicians who will contribute to the regional STEM workforce, education initiatives and research. >Read More

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We have a limited number of spots still available for our direct admit nursing program for Spring 2018. >Apply Now

Please note: Students studying nursing at Aquinas are not eligible for athletics.

  • 100%
    AQ/UDM nursing graduates have a 100% job placement rate or are attending a top graduate program within 6 months of graduation.
  • 94%
    Recent AQ/UDM nursing graduates NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) pass rate.
  • 3.1 Million
    Nursing is the nation's largest healthcare profession, with more than 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide.

Direct admittance to the nursing program as freshmen


Strong service-learning program


All faculty have terminal degree - either Ph.D. or DNP - and courses are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants


Student-to-student mentoring program

I am in my last semester of nursing school. As I apply for jobs and look to the future, I am confident I have been equipped with the skills and knowledge to be a great nurse, thanks to University of Detroit Mercy and Aquinas!
Elizabeth Hathaway '18
The professors sincerely give you the time and attention needed for you to become a confident and well rounded nurse. They want you to succeed just as much as you do.
Peter Assenmacher '19
The direct admit program at Aquinas ensures that you will be a nursing student right out of high school rather than waiting two years to compete for a spot.
Emilee Kuiphoff '20