Mercyhurst University

RN to BSN Program

Take the Next Step in Nursing

If you’re an RN with an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing, a BSN from Mercyhurst will prepare you to deliver enhanced outcomes for your patients and advance your career as a clinician, manager, educator or scholar. Mercyhurst’s blended RN to BSN program combines online courses with in-person learning, making for a flexible program that works with your schedule. With a new discounted tuition rate, plus tuition benefits for employees of certain area hospitals, there’s never been a better time to build on your education and experience and earn your BSN!

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Our blended program combines asynchronous online nursing courses with occasional synchronous class meetings, which you can attend either on our Erie campus (Tuesday or Thursday evenings) or online via webcam.

Your online experience includes opportunities to interact with classmates and professors in real time through applied projects, review sessions and presentations.

You’ll be a full Mercyhurst student, with the same access to the university’s amenities, library system, writing center, career services, health services, etc., as a traditional student.

Whether you’re attending class meetings in person or online, you’ll benefit from a supportive atmosphere and meaningful connections with your peers.

Student Testimonials

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"It accommodates the WORKING RN."

Susan Holmes, BSN, RN
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"Flexibility around work and family"

Heather Fiedtkou, RN
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"Learning the ART of nursing"

Melinda Egli, RN
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"The professors are the best!"

Stacey Thompson, BSN, RN

Sample Courses

A Curriculum for Working Professionals

Most students with an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing can transfer in 68 credits, which leaves only 52 credits required for the RN to BSN Program. The flexible course progression allows most students to complete the program in 1 to 2 years, with the option of spacing out the courses and taking longer. As a student in the program, you’ll take courses such as:

NURS 302: Intro to Nursing Informatics

This course covers the history and evolution of health information technology, including concepts, theories and models related to health care systems; current IT systems and their uses; and trends in health care informatics.

NURS 400: Health Promotion and Prevention

Study the goals, objectives and priorities of population-based health promotion, risk reduction, social engagement and environmental concerns to enhance the health status, outcomes and quality of life of a community.

NURS 404: Leadership in Nursing

This course focuses on the leadership and management of professional nursing care and services. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based professional nursing practices and the development of various professional nursing roles.


Degree Completion Plan Track 1 


An Affordable Next Step

RN to BSN male studentMercyhurst’s new tuition rate is set at only $299 per credit, making our RN to BSN program one of the lowest in the region. When you consider employer benefits and reimbursements, scholarships, grants and other sources of financial aid, many students can attend with little to no out-of-pocket cost!

  • Unlike most other programs, ours has one low program fee.
  • Mercyhurst offers tuition deferment for those receiving tuition reimbursement.
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and we’ll help you file your FAFSA.



Balancing Work, Family and Education

RN to BSN female studentThe program works around your schedule, leaving you time for family and work commitments.

Each student will have the support of an experienced full-time Mercyhurst RN to BSN professor to advise and mentor you throughout your time in the program.

Why Earn a BSN?

RN to BSN cap“BSN nurses are prized for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, and health promotion, and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.”  - American Association of Colleges of Nursing


More and more hospitals are requiring the majority of their Registered Nurses to be educated at the BSN level. In fact, the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing recommends the nursing profession increase the number of nurses with a BSN to 80 percent by the year 2020. The report found that BSN-prepared nurses are better equipped to handle the increasing complexity of 21st century nursing care.


In The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) cites a number of studies that demonstrate better nursing education is linked to better quality of patient care.


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Karen Morahan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, RN to BSN Program 
501 East 38thStreet
Erie, PA 16546
Phone: 814-824-2909

Meet our Faculty

Karen Morahan
Karen Morahan, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and Director, RN to BSN Program
Judith Stanley, DHSc, RN
Associate Professor Chairperson, Nursing Department
Candice Kiskadden
Candice Kiskadden, MSN