Nursing Students

Become a Registered Nurse With the Help of Mercy College.  Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that will prepare you in as little as three years to take the NCLEX-RN® examination. Students could also choose the 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. Either path will prepare you as a registered nurse to practice in a variety of healthcare 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

Program Outcomes

Annual Licensure Exam Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers (2018): Job Placement Rate within One Year of Graduation (2017 Graduates) Program Completion Rates within 150% of the Expected Timeframe (2017-2018 Academic Year)
79.6%

88%

N= 145

75% 

 

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.
 

Faculty

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.