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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

This program prepares the RN to adapt to an ever-changing healthcare 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 North East’s RN to BSN program is unique in that students who have successfully completed either an Associate’s 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 300 and 400 level nursing classes are held in the Janet L. Miller building which is conveniently located immediately off the Thruway in North East, PA. All program faculty and staff are also located in this convenient location. Each nursing course is blended/hybrid.  50% of the classes are face to face and 50% 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 phone 814-725-6143 or contact Jemma Homer, Admission’s Counselor, by email at by phone at 814-725-6217 or connect with us on 



The faculty of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion 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 judgement, 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 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 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:  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  Candidacy status conferred April 2014

Documents verifying the approval status are on file in the Nursing program’s office and are available for review.

Contact information for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia   30326
(404) 975-5000


Public Notice


Mercyhurst University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program wishes to announce that it will host a site review for initial accreditation of its RN to BSN Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mercyhurst University, North East Campus
Janet L. Miller Center for Growth & Academic Excellence
Board Room, 2nd Floor
(Route 89 near the Interstate 90)

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Marsal P. Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Or email:

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by February 12, 2016



Candice Kiskadden MSN, RN, CNOR Assistant Professor Office: Janet L Miller Building, 9AA Phone: (814) 725-6312

Gretchen Bahm Rn-Bsn Administrative Assistant Office: Janet L Miller Building, 23AA Phone: (814) 725-7009

Judith Stanley Dr. Director of the RN to BSN Completion Program Office: Janet L. Miller 23AA Phone: (814) 725-6143

Karen Morahan Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Nursing Office: Janet L Miller Building, 7AA Phone: (814) 725-7008