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The Paramedic to BSN program at Mercy College provides a path to earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree while recognizing the significant training and experience that certified paramedics receive. The result is a well-rounded, BSN-prepared nurse entering the workforce in a shorter time, helping to meet the current and projected nursing needs.




What are the advantages of the Paramedic to BSN program at Mercy College?

  • Your Paramedic education and experience are valued through a seamless transfer of 11 Paramedic Certificate credits.
  • Iowa's first and only program offering a path to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree specifically designed for Paramedics.
  • BSN-prepared nurses are in high-demand, increasing your future employment opportunities. (Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) national goal of achieving an 80% BSN-prepared nursing workforce by 2020.)

Our Program

The Paramedic to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree leads to initial eligibility for the registered nurse licensing examination. Baccalaureate nursing education prepares graduates for the practice of professional nursing in a variety of structured and other settings and provides the basis for advanced practice and specialization.

The BSN major is designed for full-time or part-time study. The curriculum is based on a total of 120 credit hours, which includes 58 credits of nursing coursework, 11 credits of paramedic certificate coursework, and 52 credits of general education coursework.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing major, the graduate will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from liberal education to support generalist nursing practice.
  2. Synthesize knowledge from nursing science to support generalist nursing practice.
  3. Analyze organizational leadership practices in the provision of safe patient care.
  4. Translate research findings to provide evidence-based practice of nursing care.
  5. Analyze information management systems to deliver quality patient care in a variety of settings.
  6. Manage the application of patient care technology in the delivery of quality patient care.
  7. Evaluate healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, impacting the healthcare system.
  8. Demonstrate effective intra- and interprofessional communication to provide quality, patient-centered care.
  9. Evaluate clinical prevention strategies to improve population health.
  10. Demonstrate professionalbehaviors in nursing practice

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 list of College 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.


Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON)
Iowa Board of Nursing
400 SW 8th St, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309


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