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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Become a nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Overview

Gain a strong foundation for a cutting-edge career registered nurse (RN) with Mercy College's eight-semester Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. You'll gain hands-on training as a nurse and achieve a bachelor's degree-level education.

This bachelor's degree nursing program provides the breadth of academic and clinical experience to prepare you to become an RN. Courses begin in the spring (January) and fall (August) semesters. However, students can be admitted and begin taking pre-requisite and general education courses toward their program of choice in the fall semester (August), spring semester (January), or summer semester (May).

 

The following student learning outcomes emphasize Christian values, critical thinking, clinical competence, and professional development:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as the basis for clinical judgement.
  • Apply quality improvement strategies to promote a culture of safety.
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice to ensure effective nursing care.
  • Use informatics and healthcare technologies to manage and improve the delivery of nursing and health care services.
  • Demonstrate leadership strategies within the complex healthcare system to recognize and influence health policies and laws.
  • Collaborate in interprofessional partnerships to optimize health.
  • Provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions to improve population health outcomes.
  • Incorporate professional and ethical behavior, the commitment to lifelong learning, and professional values into nursing practice.
  • Provide holistic care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  1. A bachelor’s degree or higher in a field other than nursing from an institution that is approved/accredited by a recognized accreditor and a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the first nursing course – see list below.
  4. Completion of prerequisite math and science courses within the past seven (7) years with a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite College Level Courses

  • Chemistry with lab (4 total credit hours – any combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 total credit hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 total credit hours)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Pathophysiology (3 credit hours - may be taken in the first semester of the nursing program)

Admission Process

  1. Submit a completed application with required documents. See table below for Priority Application Date.
  2. Submit official transcripts from higher education institution(s) where the bachelor’s or higher degree was obtained and any subsequent coursework thereafter.

A candidate who applies after the priority application date will be considered based on seat availability.

Application for Priority Application Date for file to be Completed Review of Candidates
Summer Start (May) January 15 February 15 and ongoing

Criminal background checks, drug screens, health records, and titers/immunizations are required prior to the start of the clinical program. Program requirements and instructions are maintained on the College website at https://mercycollege.edu/background. The Policy can be found at https://mercycollege.edu/about/compliance-consumer-information.

General Education Requirements

 

Complete All of the Following Courses:

Oral and Written Communication (GCOM) - 6 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3

Math, Statistics, and Logic (GMSL) - 3 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MTH 104 Mathematical Formulas, Models, and Probability 3
or
MTH 130 College Algebra 4
MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSBS) - 6 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 201 Lifespan Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Arts, Humanities, Culture, and Diversity (includes Religious Studies) (GAHD/GAHR) - 9 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
REL 290 Medical Ethics 3
SOC 211 Cultural Diversity 3
Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity – Religious Studies course 3

Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation (GNSI) - 6 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIO 201 Physiological Basis of Nutrition 2
BIO 210 Microbiology 4
BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 290 Pathophysiology 3
CHM 111 Basic Organic and Biochemistry 4

Additional hours from one or more of the above categories - 6 minimum

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
One additional course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities category 3
One additional course at the 300/400 level general education course 3

Required Nursing Pre-Licensure Program Course Requirements

Complete All of the Following Program Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
NUR 101 Introduction to Nursing 2
NUR 256 Fundamental Nursing Concepts 8
NUR 259 Pharmacology Nursing Concepts 3
NUR 316 Clinical Nursing Concepts I 8
NUR 318 Professional Nursing Concepts I 4
NUR 326 Clinical Nursing Concepts II 8
NUR 328 Professional Nursing Concepts II 5
NUR 416 Clinical Nursing Concepts III 8
NUR 418 Professional Nursing Concepts III 5
NUR 426 Clinical Nursing Concepts IV 7
NUR 428 Professional Nursing Concepts IV 3
NUR 481 NCLEX-RN Preparation 2
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Semester I

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
NUR 101 Introduction to Nursing 2
NUR 256 Fundamental Nursing Concepts 8
NUR 259 Pharmacology Nursing Concepts 3
NUR 318 Professional Nursing Concepts I 4

Semester II

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
NUR 316 Clinical Nursing Concepts I 8
NUR 328 Professional Nursing Concepts II 5
NUR 418 Professional Nursing Concepts III 5

Semester III

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
NUR 326 Clinical Nursing Concepts II 8
NUR 416 Clinical Nursing Concepts III 8

Semester IV

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
NUR 426 Clinical Nursing Concepts IV 7
NUR 428 Professional Nursing Concepts IV 3
NUR 481 NCLEX-RN Preparation 2

Priority Review Dates for Program Admission

January 15 for a fall semester clinical start

September 15 for a spring semester clinical start

New students meeting program criteria, must have a completed admissions file and all transcripts received, by the priority review date. Students submitting applications for admission after the priority review date may be reviewed but may or may not be eligible for a program seat due to reaching the capacity of clinical seats. Students applying after the priority review date may be offered a spot on the waitlist. Check with an admissions officer for questions regarding the priority review date and program waitlist.

Program At A Glance

8 semesters

Typical program length for full time students

2 Start Dates

January and August start options

$68,450

Median national annual salary for RNs

711,900

Number of new registered nurse jobs projected by 2024

The baccalaureate program of study is further based on sound principles of adult education progressing from simple to complex, familiar to unfamiliar, and general to specific. The Program provides students with the opportunity to achieve program objectives through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, and competencies necessary to function as professional nurses who meet the healthcare needs of individuals across the lifespan. The following student learning outcomes emphasize Christian values, critical thinking, clinical competence, and professional development:

  1. Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as the basis for clinical judgement.
  2. Apply quality improvement strategies to promote a culture of safety.
  3. Incorporate evidence-based practice to ensure effective nursing care.
  4. Use informatics and healthcare technologies to manage and improve the delivery of nursing and health care services.
  5. Demonstrate leadership strategies within the complex healthcare system to recognize and influence health policies and laws.
  6. Collaborate in interprofessional partnerships to optimize health.
  7. Provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions to improve population health outcomes.
  8. Incorporate professional and ethical behavior, the commitment to lifelong learning, and professional values into nursing practice.
  9. Provide holistic care to diverse populations across the lifespan.

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Overall job opportunities for RNs are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting. Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. In fact, registered nurses are projected to generate approximately 711,900 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. [bls.gov]

Salary Range

The national median annual salary for registered nurses is $75,330. [bls.gov]

Alumni Job Titles and Where They Work

Nursing Prelicensure Emsi 2022

Direct Admit for High School Students : BSN Nursing Prelicensure

Mercy College of Ohio offers a Direct Admit Initiative called Direct EDGE to qualified high school seniors accepted into the bachelor's nursing program