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Nursing Fast Facts

Nursing RN to B.S. - Completion Program Overview

Fully online option plus flexible schedule available for working RN's. Advance your career in nursing with a bachelor's degree.

The Mercy College bachelor of science degree in nursing is designed for registered nurses who have an associate's degree or who have graduated from a diploma program in nursing, and are planning to return to school for a bachelor's degree. The programs offered are RN-B.S. and RN-B.S. online only (tuition is reduced). 

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Nursing RN to B.S. - Completion Program Fast Facts

  • RN-B.S.-M.S. program option
  • Use of state-of-the-art computer labs
  • Program can be completed fully online

RN-B.S. Fully Online Completion Program

Students admitted to the RN-B.S. fully online completion program are eligible for reduced tuition.

All courses must be taken online.

RN-B.S. Fully Online Program
Fully Online RN to B.S.N. Program Tuition: $425.00 per credit

Registration Fees
12 credits or more: $321.00 per term
Less than 12 credits: $161.00 per term
RN to B.S.N. Program Fee: $62.50 per term

The Nursing Program at Mercy College

Just listen and watch as students in our nursing program describe their education: personal, cutting edge, and preparing them for success!



Full-Time Faculty

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Salil Akhtar Assistant Professor
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Linda Bellmare Assistant Professor

Director, Clinical Operations and Graduate Nursing Programs
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Angela Chaney-Grant Assistant Professor, Nursing
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Kara Connelly Clinical Assistant Professor
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Miriam Ford Assistant Professor

Associate Dean for Nursing, School of Health and Natural Sciences
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Kara Giustino Clinical Instructor

Part-Time Faculty

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Selina Aboagye Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Gladys Adewale Lecturer
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Wilson Aguinaldo Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Gloria Airall-Simon Adjunct Assistant Professor

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there financial aid available?

Yes. Mercy College offers a wide variety of financial aid programs, both economically need based and academic. In addition, information regarding other financial aid opportunities can be found at the following links: Medi-Smart: Nursing Career Advancement, Tylenol Scholarships, AACN - RN AACN members, 3.0gpa, National Black Nurses Association, National Hispanic Nurses Association, Minority Nurse, Respiratory Nursing Scholarship, National Student Nurse Association - Up to $2,500, Greater New York Hospital Recruiters Vida Samuel New York University College of Nursing 246 Greene Street New York, NY 10003, Nursing Excellence Fellowship Grant, Emergency Nurses Association, Scholarship for Nursing Educators.

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit program in 3 - 5 years.

What is the first step in the admissions process?

Students are able to apply with the Mercy College Undergrad Application (, Common App ( or NursingCAS (

How long does it take to complete the RN-B.S. program?

Full-time: 1 - 2 years; Part-Time: 2 - 3 years. Completion timeframe depends upon the number of credits transferred in and the number of courses taken each semester.

Do I need to meet with anyone in the nursing program after my acceptance into the Nursing Program?

It is recommended that you contact the nursing program at (914) 674-7865 after acceptance into the program. Faculty will be available for academic advisement.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are ready to assist students with questions.

How many credits can be transferred from another institution?

Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined, however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level nursing courses (six credits) to apply to the major/specialization.

If I'm not yet a nurse, can I come to Mercy?

The RN - B.S. program is designed for registered nurses who already have an associated degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. If you do not have a nursing degree, you can apply to one of the following nursing schools Mercy College has an agreement with: Borough of Manhattan Community College: (212) 220-1265; Bronx Community College: (718) 289-5425; Cochran School of Nursing: (914) 964-4296; Montefiore School of Nursing: (914) 361-6221; Dutchess Community College: (845) 431-8000; Helene Fuld School of Nursing: (212) 423-2700; LaGuardia Community College: (718) 482-5782; Kingsborough Community College: (718) 368-5522; Orange Community College: (845) 341-4107; Queensborough Community College: (718) 631-6262; Westchester Community College (914) 606-6600. After obtaining an associate's degree in nursing, passing the NCLEX and obtaining license as an RN, you can apply to the RN to B.S. program.

Is there a clinical requirement?

Students are required to complete 135 hours of clinical in community health. The location is coordinated by faculty and the student. Out of area students may be able to complete their requirement at a location near their home.

Who do I contact for more information about the nursing programs?

Miriam Ford, Interim Program Director,, (914) 674-7860 or Jennifer Garvey, Administrative Assistant,, (914) 674-7865.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Lower Division Nursing - Given for AS degree or Diploma degree in Nursing: 30 Credits

Major Concentration: Upper Division Nursing: 30 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

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Undergraduate Nursing Program Goals

The B.S. in nursing program is designed to prepare students to:

  • Be accountable for professional nursing care
  • Collaborate in leadership roles within the changing health care delivery system
  • Participate in the process of inquiry
  • Prepare for graduate study


Admission Requirements

Eligibility for Admission to Nursing RN-B.S. Programs

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program or a Diploma in Nursing
  • Students who completed their nursing degree outside of the U.S. must complete a WES evaluation
  • Passed the NCLEX licensure exam
  • A valid state license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S.
  • A GPA of 2.75
    • Student will be considered for admission with GPAs 2.5 - 2.70
    • Student will meet the Nursing Program Undergraduate Coordinator or the Program Co-Director


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the New York Board of Regents, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Board of Regents, Room 110 EB, Albany, New York 12234

Program Outcomes

Program Outcome I - Technology

  • Student will demonstrate proficiency with patient care technologies and information management systems to gather and manage data to communicate effectively with patients, families, health care professionals, and policy decision makers. [I, II, IV, V, VIII, IX]
  • Student will demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication skills, based on a foundation of the arts, sciences and humanities, that support patient outcomes and nursing practice.  [IV, VII, IX]

Program Outcome II - Research

  • Student will demonstrate a basic understanding of how evidence is developed including the research process, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences as applied to practice. [III, IV, VI, VII]

Program Outcome III - Leadership

  • Student will apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making to the provision of nursing care and nursing practice in collaboration with organizations and communities. [II, VII, VIII, IX]
  • Student will demonstrate leadership and communication skills to participate in quality improvement initiatives with health care teams. [II, VI, VII] 

Program Outcome IV - Quality

  • Student will appraise principles of quality improvement, health care policy, and cost effectiveness to assist in the achievement of safe and quality outcomes of care for diverse populations. [II, V, VII, VIII]

Complaints That Fall Outside the Realm of Due Process

The Department of Nursing is committed to meeting its mission as it relates to serving our students, potential students, staff, faculty, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty and the public consumer of physical therapy. To that end, we are committed to ensuring that exceptional complaints for which there is no established College, School or program policy or procedure are considered and resolved in a timely, fair, consistent and equitable manner.  Additional information may be found in the College undergraduate catalog.

Procedure:  Complaints should be addressed to the Program Director through the online form. If the program director is the subject of the complaint, the complaint should be addressed to the Dean, School of Health and Natural Science.