As a student in Mercyhurst’s newest nursing program, you'll be able to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), while enjoying the traditional four-year college experience. Our Department of Nursing has prepared qualified, compassionate, and dedicated nurses for decades. This fully accredited program integrates the latest evidence-based practices to equip graduates to be uniquely suited to fulfilling ever-changing roles in local, national, and global health care communities. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed registered nurses.

Students enjoy a hands-on classroom environment in our brand-new facilities, where coursework is taught by experienced faculty. Two clinical skills labs provide a safe transition from classroom learning to a real-world setting. Students practice critical nursing skills using computer-controlled mannequins, medical equipment, task trainers, and low-fidelity mannequins in the clinical skills lab. Our simulation suite contains high-fidelity mannequins, debriefing rooms, video-recording equipment, and medical equipment that closely mimic the clinical environment.

Program Philosophy

Grounded in Mercyhurst’s core values, the BSN program prepares future nurses to practice with compassion and empathy. This program unifies the Mercy tradition of service with the latest evidence-based practices to prepare our graduates to be uniquely suited to fulfilling the ever-changing roles in the local, national, and global health care communities. 

Many students choose to go on for graduate nursing education to pursue careers as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse educators. Those pursuing advanced degrees in nursing need the strong foundation in nursing experience gained through the BSN program. We believe students should be engaged in nursing education during their entire academic program, which is why BSN students begin taking nursing classes their first semester and start clinical rotations during their freshman year.

Clinical Placements

Our BSN students will complete their clinical hours at Erie’s finest hospitals and medical organizations, including UPMC Hamot, AHN Saint Vincent, and LECOM Health. As students progress through the curriculum, they will be exposed to a variety of nursing specializations including maternal child health, psychiatric/mental health, critical care, emergency, public health, and family nursing. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Safety: Implement and promote safe practices through the use of system and individual resources to minimize risk to the client, family, and health care team.
  • Patient-Centered Care: Advocate for compassionate care and engage the client as an empowered health care partner. Implement holistic, client-centered care that reflects an understanding of human growth and development, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical management, and nursing management, across the health-illness continuum, across the lifespan, and in all health care settings.
  • Informatics: Use information and technology to communicate, access resources, support decision making, and prevent error.
  • Quality Improvement: Integrate the value of pursuing practice excellence, lifelong learning, and professional engagement to foster professional growth and development.
  • Evidence-Based Practice: Integrate best current evidence, clinical expertise, and patient values to promote optimal patient outcomes and synthesize evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of care.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: Collaborate with the health care team to foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality care.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to Mercyhurst's undergraduate admissions requirements, applicants to the BSN program must have:

  • A high school GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Completed high school courses equivalent to:
    • Two years of math (including algebra) 
    • Two years of science (including a biology lab)
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of social studies

Contact Us

Nicole Moore, MSN
Program Director, BSN
Phone: 814-824-2906