Mercy College Expands Nursing Seats to Meet Demand

Kathryn Bubrig
In response to the fact that the demand for nurses has reached levels not seen in 80 years, Mercy College of Ohio is increasing the number of students being accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to 96 (33% increase) in August of this year. This is in addition to 64 students that will be accepted into the BSN program in January of 2019 and 152 students being accepted into the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program in August.
Elizabeth Sprunk, PhD, MSN, RN, Associate Professor, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health says “Mercy College is committed to providing multiple opportunities for individuals to pursue and advance in nursing by offering associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs that both lead to the Registered Nurse license. We are pleased that increasing this capacity will both help alleviate the nursing shortage and provide a shorter path to area students that might otherwise have to wait for a space.  The BSN is definitely the preferred degree in the industry but some prospective students need or want to start working more quickly. For those, the associate degree program is an ideal option. They can obtain their BSN in our online program that is designed for working nurses. The associate degree program is available in an evening/weekend format to accommodate the needs of those who work or have other commitments during the day.”
New or transfer students interested in nursing careers or other healthcare fields should contact Admissions at or 419-251-1313. Mercy College is part of Mercy Health, Ohio’s largest hospital system allowing premier access to the area’s leading clinical facilities.
Mercy College was named Best Small College in Ohio in December 2017 and takes great pride in providing an excellent education at an affordable price. Graduates can obtain employment anywhere, including their hometowns if that is what they choose.

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