There Are Two Paths to Becoming a Registered Nurse With the Help of Mercy College. You can enroll in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that will prepare you in as little as three years to take the NCLEX-RN® examination. There is also our original program path that combines the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) with our RN to BSN program allowing nurses to work and study while completing their bachelor’s degree. Both paths will prepare you as a registered nurse to practice in a variety of health care settings.
Mercy College’s BSN program is an eight-semester curriculum with two semesters of liberal arts and science courses and six semesters of nursing courses. Students will learn about nursing using a concept-based approach that emphasizes nursing content across the life span and diverse clinical settings. For example, when students learn about the concept of infection, they will do so by studying mechanisms, assessment, and management principles of infection and how these principles are applied in various populations, settings, types of infectious diseases, and stages of illness.
Coursework prepares graduates to care for patients and families in acute care and community settings. Graduates are prepared to assume roles involving leadership, education, research, and community health.
By enrolling in the Mercy College BSN program, you will be joining nursing faculty and students across the country striving to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) national goal of achieving an 80% BSN-prepared nursing workforce by 2020. Hospitals and health systems across the country are recognizing the benefits noted in the report of dramatically expanding the entry-level education of nurses to meet the future challenges of healthcare.
Mercy College BSN Advantages
- Complete your BSN program in just 3 years.
- Participate in a nursing program developed using a concept-based approach to learning, considered a “quantum leap” in educating BSN nurses.
- Access to nursing faculty with an average of 23 years of nursing experience.
- You may select four nursing issues courses from seven topics to create a unique experience that fits your interests.
- In addition to clinical experiences in acute care setting, community-based experiences will enhance your understanding of healthcare delivery in the community. These experiences provide unmatched access to Native American healing rituals on the Pine Ridge reservation or discovering indigenous medical treatments of the Mayan and Latino populations in the Yucatan.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) - One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791- and has approval of the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) - 400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685, (515) 281-3255
Certification Exam (NCLEX) Pass Rate: 83%
Defined as pass rate for first-time exams taken in 2016.
Retention Rate: 75.8%
Defined as the percentage of students who either were enrolled during or graduated prior to 150% of the expected program length.
Graduation Rate: 54.5%
Defined as percentage of students completing the program within 100% of the expected time to program completion.
Employment Rate: 92%
Defined as employment in a nursing field or pursuit of further education at time of graduation.
How to Apply
College Admission First
The first step in the admissions process is to apply using the Mercy College Application. Early application is encouraged. For a complete list of College and program application deadlines, click here. Students admitted to the College may enroll in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) courses prior to admission to any academic program.
Program Admission Second
Following College admission, students will receive instructions to complete an Acadmic Program Application in order to begin the process. Once all requirements have been satisfied, the applicant’s file is considered complete and will be given to the program chair for consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the professional program application process.
The school staff will begin reviewing completed files by the program admission deadline.
Faculty in the BSN program are highly motivated and skilled healthcare practitioners comfortable in the latest technology and evidenced-based practices in their specialty area of healthcare and experienced educators ready to help you learn. They average more than 23 years of clinical experience. Our fulltime liberal arts and sciences faculty members are Ph.D.-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.
Once you have completed your BSN program and successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination, you will be employable nationwide. Jobs for RNs are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. For more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.