Detroit Mercy offers unique nursing programs; informational meeting set for Sept. 16

August 20, 2019

A Detroit Mercy nursing student works on a medical dummy.If you’re considering a career in nursing, then University of Detroit Mercy has the right program to fit your needs.

Detroit Mercy’s Part-Time Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is tailored for people looking for a career change, but who still need the flexibility to work. And Detroit Mercy’s Second Degree Option is designed for people who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to earn a BSN.

You can learn about both programs at Detroit Mercy’s informational meeting on Sept. 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room 209 of the Commerce & Finance Building on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. Registration is encouraged, but not required at

“At the meeting potential students will be able to learn about both nursing tracks and find out what works best for them,” said Karen Harris, assistant professor of nursing and director of Pre-Licensure Nursing.

The Part-Time BSN program gives students four consecutive days off, allowing them to hold a full or part-time job. The program operates year-round with 15-week semesters, which allows students to graduate in eight semesters or roughly 2 ½ years.

“You have time to work or raise a family,” Harris said.

The Second Degree Option is an accelerated program that allows students to earn a BSN degree in 16 months, including a summer break.

The intensive program uses a cohort model where students benefit by taking courses together.

“It’s a fast-paced program that incorporates the same philosophy and objectives as the traditional BSN program,” Harris said.

The average salary for a nurse is $70,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Detroit Mercy has a 100% placement rate for graduates.

Other benefits of studying nursing at Detroit Mercy include small class sizes and nationally recognized faculty. The BSN is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

“Nursing is a great field to work in,” Harris said. “Nurses have a ton of flexibility, whether it’s places to work, times to work or types of units to work in. There is also a real need for nurses all over the United States, so nurses will find a job. And nursing is known as a caring field, taking care of those in need is a blessing.”

For more information about the Sept. 16 meeting, please contact Elizabeth Boyar at 313-933-2445 or Jenny Duncil at 313-993-2455 or

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