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RN Registered Nursing

Registered nursing is one of today's most in-demand careers. And with its experienced faculty, state-of-the art facilities and reputation for producing highly qualified nurses, Mercyhurst North East is one of the most trusted providers of two-year registered nursing education in the region.
This associate degree program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), prepares students for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN). Mercyhurst North East 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 write the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a professional registered nurse.

What can I do with this degree?

Registered nurses assist physicians in providing care to patients who are sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled and provide compassionate care and support for the dying and their family. 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
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Job 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.

Nursing can be rewarding in more ways than one. The median average salary for a registered nurse is $62,450, and licensed practical nurses $39,030. Plus, many hospitals also offer generous signing bonuses.

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Student Achievement Data

  • First Time Pass Rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX):  83.02% 

  • Job placement rate:   92%

*Data are for students who completed the program during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Program completion rates are as follows:

Overall full-time (ASN and LPN-to-RN): 70.9%
Overall part-time (ASN and LPN-to-RN): 55.8%

Full-time ASN: 68.2%
Full-time LPN-to-RN: 81.8%

Part-time ASN: 53.6%
Part-time LPN-to-RN: 60%

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 MNE Placement Test scores
  • TEAS test score of 66% or greater

Mercyhurst also welcomes transfer students from other colleges.

For more information about the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions at or 814-725-6144.

Accreditation Status

Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause