RN to BSN (Online)
Become a Leader in Nursing
Mercy's 100% online RN to BSN program offers you educational mobility as a registered nurse. We offer you the opportunity to use your prior nursing education and professional experiences to earn advanced leadership roles in your workplace. If you are a registered nurse who has a diploma or ASN degree and a current, valid license, you will receive 39 credit hours towards your BSN. Additional liberal arts and science courses may transfer.
The School of Nursing is comprised of clinically-experienced and graduate-prepared faculty who provide you with the specific educational opportunities you need to advance your nursing career.
Students who enter the ASN program with 30 or more transferrable credits, a G.P.A. of 2.7, and a grade of B or higher in the first nursing course (NSG101) may be eligible for the BSN Integrated program. Students in the Integrated BSN program are eligible to take BSN core courses while simultaneously completing the ASN program. Click here for additional admission requirements. Click here to view the integretated option curriculum.
A preceptor is a health care professional who is recognized as a clinical expert in his/her field. This individual voluntarily assumes the role of teacher, supervisor, facilitator, role model, and evaluator for a selected Mercy BSN nursing student studying a nursing role that is different from the one in which he or she is currently employed. The student and preceptor enter into a contractual agreement that further defines the boundaries and objectives of this preceptorship
Your admission into this program is on a competitive basis, so early application is encouraged. Following general College admission, students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to admission into the RN to BSN program. For a complete list of application deadlines, click here.
You will need a minimum 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. You will also need a copy of a current, valid license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Iowa or to demonstrate progress toward licensure. If you wish to begin RN to BSN coursework, but have not passed the NCLEX-RN examination, you may take nursing classes for one semester only. You will be granted full admission upon receipt of licensure. Students are encouraged to take LAS courses at Mercy College to meet the GPA program requirement (9 credits are required).
Once you have completed your BSN degree, you will be employable nation wide. Jobs for RNs are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations and many new jobs will result. 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.