Registered nursing is one of today's most in-demand careers. The Mercyhurst University Department of Nursing has experienced faculty, state-of-the art facilities, a reputation for producing highly qualified nurses, and is a trusted provider of two-year registered nursing education. 

Mercyhurst offers two options for its RN program: a 5-semester, full-time, weekday program, and an 8-semester part-time, evening and weekend program.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse. Registered nurses work in interdisciplinary teams to provide compassionate care for all patients on the spectrum of both wellness and illness. Graduates will be prepared for employment in multiple heath care settings such as hospitals, private medical practices, home hospice care, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities.

Learning Outcomes

The faculty of the Associate in Science in Nursing program believe nursing is a caring profession whose members provide patient-centered care across the life span to individuals, families, and the global community. We believe nursing is a scientific discipline using clinical judgment, substantiated by evidence, and integrating safe, quality care and health promotion. As part of our professional identity, we value interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork to promote effective communication and shared decision making. We believe nurses use information and technology to communicate, access resources, promote patient safety and provide continuous quality improvement. 

Registered nurses adhere to the established standards of practice and are accountable within the legal and ethical framework of the profession. Inherent in this is the belief that education is a continuous life-long process necessary to integrate the best current evidence for clinical practice. In keeping with the core values of Mercyhurst University, we believe nurses are ambassadors of service demonstrating the values of social mercy, global responsibility, intellectual creativity, and reflective awareness. We believe learners are self-directed and build on prior knowledge and life experiences. Learning is facilitated by various teaching strategies which consider individual learning preferences. The faculty encourages and supports the spirit of inquiry to challenge the status quo and question underlying assumptions. The ANA defines nursing as “the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (American Nurses Association website, n.d.).  Upon completion of this program, our graduates will:

  • Advocate for the patient and/or designee as the principle source of control to determine the direction of her/his care and to manage her/his care in collaboration with the health care team
  • Use system, individual resources and clinical judgment to implement and promote safe practice and minimize risk to the patient, family, and health care team
  • Integrate best current evidence to provide safe, quality nursing care and promote optimal patient outcomes
  • Use information and technology to communicate, access resources, support decision making and prevent errors
  • Collaborate with the patient and/or designee and members of the health care team to foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality care
  • Adheres to standards of professional practice as a patient advocate, is accountable for her/his actions and behaviors, and practices nursing within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks

Career Outlook

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, with a projected 14.8% increased need for registered nurses by 2026.

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.

Admissions Requirements

Individuals interested in applying to this program must have:

  • A high school diploma
  • High school equivalent in algebra, biology, and chemistry
  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • Either ACT, SAT, or Mercyhurst Placement Test scores
  • TEAS test score of 66% or greater, administered upon application

Mercyhurst also welcomes transfer students from other colleges.

For more information about the application process, please contact the Office of Professional Admissions at or 814-824-3350.

Student Achievement Data

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

2021: 76.81%
2020: 87.04%
2019: 74.68%

Completion Rate

2021: 60%
2020: 56%
2019: 62.5%

Job Placement Rate

2021: 100%
2020: 100%
2019: 100%

Part-Time RN Program

With the part-time RN program, students will complete what's typically a two-year associate degree program in three 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.

LPN to RN Bridge Program

If you're a licensed practical nurse and are ready to take the next step in your career, the LPN to RN Bridge program at Mercyhurst's is a perfect way to get there. Graduates of state-approved practical nursing programs are able to earn an associate of science degree in nursing and prepare for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN) through Mercyhurst's ASN articulation program. A part-time option is also available for this bridge.


Contact Us

Michael Meyer, R.N., MSN
Program Director, R,N,
Phone: 814-824-2995

Kathy Hill
Assistant Director, Graduate and Professional Admissions
Phone: 814-824-2275

Meet the Faculty

Dyan Jones, Ph.D.
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences
Janice Haas, M.S.
Associate Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences, Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant, Assistant Professor
Karyn Hodgins, MSN, R.N.
Program Director, Practical Nursing, Instructor
Colleen Miller, M.S.
Instructor, Clinical Simulation Coordinator