Mercyhurst North East introduces RN to BSN program

Registered nurses can now earn a bachelor of science in nursing at Mercyhurst North East (MNE) through the school’s newly approved R.N. to B.S.N. completion program. This is the first bachelor’s degree to ever be offered at MNE, which also has 24 two-year associate degrees and seven one-year certificates, including an associate of science degree in nursing and a practical nursing certificate.

“This is an exciting day for the campus,” said Dr. Gary Brown, executive vice president of Mercyhurst North East. “We started with one non-degree program in 1991 and had 53 students enrolled. Today, we have added what we hope is only the first bachelor’s degree we will be offering as we continue to grow the campus to 1,500 students,” Brown said.

The program will provide the opportunity for registered nurses with an associate of science in nursing degree or diploma in nursing to continue their education to become competent professional and mid-level practitioners. While registered nurses with a diploma or associate degree are able to perform all aspects of patient care, those with a B.S.N. are also able to seek entry-level administrative positions and entry into advanced practice education.

The program will be offered on a part-time basis, with classes held on evenings and weekends in order to accommodate working students. The curriculum will take seven terms—or about two years—to complete.

The opening of the R.N. to B.S.N. completion program at Mercyhurst North East has taken two years from conception to final approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, explained Penny Monahan, chair of allied health programs at Mercyhurst North East.

“Mercyhurst pursued this endeavor to meet the needs of our associate of science in nursing graduates, so they could climb the career ladder and advance their professional opportunities,” Monahan said. “Mercyhurst has always been very proud of our nursing graduates. Our commitment to them reflects the mission of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, which is to serve others and an appreciation for the dignity of work. Consistent with our Catholic identity and Mercy heritage, this program will permit registered nurses to improve their lives and advanced their careers.”

For more information on the new R.N. to B.S.N. completion program offered at Mercyhurst North East, or to apply, call 725-6144 or visit Also, a “RN to BSN Information Night” will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Ridge Health & Safety Building on the campus of Mercyhurst North East.
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