Nursing Student

Mercy College has partnered with Drake University to offer a 12-month Accelerated BSN program that can be completed while students also complete the four-year Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree at Drake.

This option provides the shortest time frame for health sciences students to complete a BSN program while also earning a BSHS degree. Each institution grants their own degree with the degrees conferred at the same time so that students do not lose eligibility for certain forms of financial aid.

This BSN program is an accelerated curriculum that is completed following the third year of the health sciences program. Upon enrolling in the Accelerated BSN courses, students complete all required nursing coursework over 5 terms of intensive study over 12 months. During the nursing course work, students will learn about nursing content across the life span and diverse acute care and community clinical 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.

How to Apply

College Admission
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.


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.

Job Outlook

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.


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