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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 University'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 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.  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 jstanley@mercyhurst.edu or phone 814-824-2908 or contact us on 

 

Philosophy

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:  Accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
     

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
www.acenursing.org

 

 

 

Candice Kiskadden MSN, RN, CNOR Instructor of Nursing Office: 311 Audrey Hirt Academic Center Phone: (814) 824-2907

Gretchen Bahm RN-BSN Administrative Assistant Office: 312E Audrey Hirt Academic Center Phone: (814) 725-6121

Judith Stanley DHSc, RN, CNE Director of the RN to BSN Completion Program Office: 312D Audrey Hirt Academic Center Phone: (814) 824-2908

Karen Morahan Ph.D., RN Assistant Professor of Nursing, RN-BSN Program, Veteran Faculty Advisor Office: 312E Audrey Hirt Academic Center Phone: (814) 824-2909