Join the nursing program.

Unique to Cornerstone University, incoming freshmen can apply for direct admission into the nursing program, which provides a seamless transition to University of Detroit Mercy after complete Step 1 of the nursing program. Admission is selective and by invitation only upon completing all aspects of the admissions and interview process. Since admission to the program is direct, students do not need to reapply to Detroit Mercy after completing Step 1 of the nursing program.

Academic Requirements

Step 1: Students entering into the nursing program must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative 2.5 high school grade-point average or higher.
  • Minimum 2.0 ("C" grade) in at least two lab science courses (e.g., Biology, Chemistry).
  • Minimum 2.0 ("C" grade) in at least two math courses (e.g., Algebra 1, Algebra 2).
  • 1060 SAT or 21 ACT.

Step 2: Once students complete Step 1 of the nursing program, they will receive the benefit of direct admissions to Detroit Mercy, provided these requirements have been met:

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A at Cornerstone in order to transfer to Detroit Mercy. Students who graduate from Cornerstone with a G.P.A lower than a 3.0 may not be granted admission to Detroit Mercy.
  • Students must also maintain a 2.8 G.P.A. or higher in all prerequisite science courses (see UDM handbook). Failure to do so may result in academic probation or withdraw from the nursing program. To review the academic policies and handbook for Cornerstone and Detroit Mercy, please contact the Nursing Coordinator, Lori DeWitt BSN, RN, at

Cornerstone and Detroit Mercy do not require that you take the HESI entrance exam.

How to Apply

New students who wish to apply for admission to Cornerstone and major in nursing should have a desire to provide compassionate health care to patients. Acceptance into Cornerstone's nursing program guarantees direct admission to Detroit Mercy provided all academic requirements have been met while attending Cornerstone. Given high program demand, we recommend completing the application process as soon as possible.

  • Apply to Cornerstone University. On your application, select "Nursing Program (Detroit Mercy Partnership)" as your major. Complete all aspects of the application, including the essay, and submit it to the Admissions Office for processing.
  • Submit high school transcript and test scores. High school transcripts can be mailed, faxed or sent using Parchment.
  • Once your application file is complete, it will be reviewed for acceptance to Cornerstone. Students who have successfully completed the application, essay and who have met admissions requirements will be offered a nursing interview.

Nursing Program Interviews

Since admission to the nursing program is direct, new students must complete a Nursing Interview to determine eligibility into the nursing program. Students who are extended an invitation to interview are encouraged to register for an interview as soon as possible, as spots are limited and will fill up quickly. Students must be admitted to Cornerstone prior to scheduling their interview and will receive information regarding interview dates at that time.

Confirming Your Enrollment

If you are admitted to the nursing program, you must secure your spot by paying your enrollment deposit. Space is limited to only 20 students per year. Once spots are secured, a waitlist will begin. Due to program demand, the enrollment deposit is nonrefundable.

Visiting Detroit Mercy

If you are admitted to the nursing program, we recommend visiting the campus of Detroit Mercy and the McAuley School of Nursing.

Students can schedule a visit to Detroit Mercy by contacting Detroit Mercy's Undergraduate Admissions Office by calling 313.993.1245 or emailing Please identify yourself as a Cornerstone University transfer nursing student.

Cornerstone will be scheduling group visits to Detroit Mercy in the fall and spring. Check back soon for fall 2019 dates.


Participation in the nursing program is limited to 20 students per cohort. When spots are no longer available, Cornerstone will waitlist additional applicants for entrance into the program.

Given limited program space, students are encouraged to apply to Cornerstone early and complete their interview in the fall.

If you have a question about the nursing program admission process or the status of your application, email Dave Emerson.