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RN to BSN Program

This program prepares the RN to adapt to an ever-changing health care delivery system, to care for individuals, families, and communities and to function in leadership positions. Graduates will also be qualified to pursue advanced level professional and educational opportunities.

Mercyhurst University's RN to BSN Program is unique in that students who have successfully completed either an associate degree in nursing or diploma program are eligible to enter the program without additional pre-requisites, providing a seamless academic progression. The program is made up of 52 credits, which is described as Track 1. We also offer a 31-credit BSN completion program for those RNs who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree in Track 2.

All courses required of the RN to BSN Program are now offered on the Erie campus. All program faculty and staff are also located on the Erie campus. Each nursing course is blended/hybrid. In the program, 50 percent of the classes are face to face and 50 percent of the classes are online using Blackboard Learning Management System. 

For additional information, please contact the program director, Dr. Judith Stanley, by email at or by phone at 814-824-2908. Check us out on social media at

For more information on the Tuition Discount Program for RN employees of UPMC Hamot, Saint Vincent Hospital or the VA Medical Center, click here.



The faculty of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program believes 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 engage in continuous quality improvement.

Professional 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 professional education is a continuous lifelong 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 that consider individual learning preferences and varied teaching and educational methodologies. The faculty encourages and supports the spirit of inquiry to challenge the status quo and question underlying assumptions. 


Program Approvals

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program has the following Program approvals:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Nursing Accreditation:  
    Accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
    3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
    Atlanta, Georgia   30326



Degree Requirements

The RN to BSN program at Mercyhurst University's campus in Erie, Pennsylvania, is designed to meet the needs of students who have successfully completed a pre-licensure RN program (Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing). Track #1 is for students who have completed an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing. Track #2 is for students who, in addition to having completed an Associate Degree in Nursing program, also have a non-nursing Bachelor's Degree. Curriculum for RNs with a non-nursing degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing.


Do you have college credits from another school? Contact Paul Hirsch in Admissions to see if they will transfer.


View RN to BSN Completion Degree Requirements TRACK #1

View RN to BSN Completion Degree Requirements TRACK #2*


*For RNs who also have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.)


Student Achievement Outcome Data:

As students in the RN-BSN program are Registered Nurses, the following student outcome data is gathered, evaluated and shared on an annual basis:
1.  Student’s completion of the RN-BSN program (program completion rate). This is calculated as the % of students who graduate from the BSN completion program within 9 semesters (for Track #1) or 6 semesters (for Track #2) after enrolling in their first upper-level nursing course.
 2.  Job Placement Rate: This is calculated as the % of graduates employed in a RN position or enrolled in a graduate program of study.

For 2015-2016:

  1. The Program Completion Rate: 73%
  2. The Job Placement Rate: 100%