BSN-Nursing (RN to BSN)

Program Codes: BSNURS
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides the opportunity for Registered Nurses with an Associate of Science in Nursing degree or Diploma in Nursing to continue their education and advance   in their nursing practice. The program prepares the Registered Nurse to adapt to an ever changing healthcare delivery system, to care for individuals, families, and communities, function in leadership positions, and pursue continued education at the graduate level.

This program offers a balanced curriculum that recognizes the value of general education while prioritizing the learning of needed clinical information and nursing leadership skills. The learning environment is designed to enable the student to be self-directed in the successful completion of the program outcomes through collaboration with both the nursing and liberal arts faculty.

Graduates of this BSN program will use an evidence-based approach in the delivery of quality, safe, cost-effective, culturally competent patient care across the health care continuum. Graduates will display an ability to function in the  role of communicator, provider of care, leader, life-long learner, advocate, and collaborator. Graduates will be able to utilize information systems and technology in the assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation stages of patient care in diverse clinical settings. Graduates of the RN to BSN completion program may pursue advanced degree programs if, and when, they choose.

The curriculum combines asynchronous online nursing courses with occasional synchronous class meetings, which can be attended on our Erie campus. The curriculum also includes precepted clinical practice in local health care agencies.

The faculty of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program believe 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 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, including synchronous and asynchronous distance learning. The faculty encourages and supports the spirit of inquiry to challenge the status quo and question underlying assumptions.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program is pre-accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation..

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Program Outcomes:

At the end of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Employ strategies to minimize risk of harm to individuals, groups, and communities by methodically addressing system problems in health
  • Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient (and their family) preferences and values for the achievement of quality nursing and patient outcomes.
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care at the individual and group
  • Utilize technology and innovation that supports evidence-based decision- making, the management of information, and safe, quality patient
  • Engage in nursing actions that reflect integrity, caring, advocacy, and a commitment to influence evidence-based practice to improve the care of diverse patient populations.
  • Demonstrate a knowledgeable, holistic, caring, and culturally aware professional demeanor with patients, families, and communities across all care settings.
Program Requirements:

BSN Requirements
The BSN student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have successfully completed an Associate Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing program prior to acceptance into the BSN
  • Demonstrate proof of an unrestricted RN license in the state where they will be completing clinical hours prior to registering for NURS 401 & NURS 404

A grade of C+ (80%) or above is required to successfully pass all 300 and 400 level nursing courses. In addition, a satisfactory performance in the clinical component of NURS 401 and NURS 404 is required. Grades of C (79%) or below in nursing courses and/or an unsatisfactory clinical performance will require a student to repeat the course.

Some major requirements may also fulfill components of the REACH curriculum.

REACH Curriculum
The RN-BSN program curriculum builds on the student’s Associate Degree or Diploma in nursing and requires a total of 120 Credits. All previous student transcripts will be reviewed and the student may need to take specific Liberal Arts courses in order to fulfill the REACH curriculum. Each student will be advised of any specific requirements at the beginning of the program.

Nursing (BSN) Major Core Courses (8 courses; 31 credits)
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