Have you dreamed of becoming a nurse, but aren't sure how you'd find the time to pursue a degree? Mercyhurst North East has developed a part-time registered nursing program to accommodate students who are trying to juggle the demands of everyday life, while getting a quality, fully-accredited RN degree.
With the part-time RN program, students will complete what's typically a two-year associate degree program in two and a half years. Classes will be held on weekday evenings and on weekends, making it convenient for individuals with work and family responsibilities. It also spreads the cost out over three academic years, giving you greater access to financial aid.
This program, which is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, prepares students for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN). Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a professional registered nurse.
What can I do with this degree?
Registered nurses assist physicians in providing care to patients who are sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled and provide compassionate care and support for the dying and their family. Graduates will be prepared for employment in multiple heath care settings such as:
- Private medical practices
- Home hospice care
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living facilities
- Rehabilitation facilities
According to the the U.S. Department of Labor and Industry, jobs in healthcare are steadily on the rise due to the aging world’s population. We are already seeing shortages of nurses, but by the year 2020, the nation will have a shortage of more than 800,000 nurses.
Nursing can be rewarding in more ways than one. The average starting salary for a registered nurse is $62,450, and licensed practical nurses average $39,030. Plus, many hospitals also offer generous signing bonuses.