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Nursing - Traditional Program Overview

Helping. Healing. Caring. Take the first step to a rewarding career in the field of Nursing.

The Traditional 4-Year Nursing Program is designed to provide education in preparation for licensure and professional nursing practice. The program offers traditional face-to-face classes. Clinical learning experiences will be conducted via a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory as well as traditional, hands-on, instructor-supervised training in Westchester County and New York City health care facilities.

This education experience will provide the preparation needed for the challenging and diverse health care needs of our community and throughout the United States. Upon successful completion, students will earn a baccalaureate degree, be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and be qualified for admission to graduate nursing programs.

Nursing Fast Facts

Nursing - Traditional Program Fast Facts

  • Highly interactive mannequins are housed in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab, which students utilize in order to gain experience, refine fundamental skills, establish priorities and safely apply learned concepts     
  • Experienced dedicated and caring faculty with clinical certifications and expertise in designated specialties
The Nursing Program at Mercy College

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Simulation Lab at Mercy College

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Nursing Program faculty available for advising?

Yes, students will be assigned a nursing program faculty advisor.

If I am not yet a nurse, can I come to Mercy College?

Yes, the Generic Nursing Program is a pre-licensure program. The program prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam after completion of the program.

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: Tylenol Scholarships (http://www.tylenol.com/news/scholarship); AACN-RN AACN Members Scholarship (http://www.aacn.org/wd/memberships/ content/scholarship-information-instructions.pcms?menu=membership#Eligibility); National Black Nurses Association (http://www.nbna.org/content.asp?contentid=82); National Hispanic Nurses Association (http://www.nahnnet.org/nahnscholarships.html); Minority Nurse (http://www.minoritynurse.com/scholarship/minority-nurse-magazine-scholarship-program).

Do I need to meet with anyone from admissions?

Students are not required to meet with anyone from admissions.

How long does it take to complete the Generic Nursing Program?

Four years full time study.

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

Contact Paul Reid at preid9@mercy.edu or (718) 678-8790 or the Nursing Program office at 718-678-8138.

How long does earning a degree take?

The program is completed in four years of full time study.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Lower Division Nursing*: 44 Credits

Major Concentration, Upper Division Nursing: 18 Credits

Total: 122 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 Criteria for Acceptance into the Nursing Program

Traditional Nursing Program

Admission Criteria for Acceptance into the Nursing Program:

  • High School GPA of 85*
  • Grade of 80 in all math and science classes taken in 9th-11th grades
  • Math- three years including algebra
  • Science- three years including biology and chemistry
  • Average grade of 78 in all English classes taken in 9th-11th grades (minimum 2 English classes required)
  • Written personal statement (200-500 word statement about why you want to become a nurse).  

*Students with a GPA of 85 will be reviewed for acceptance into the nursing program when the application is complete. Students with a GPA between 80 and 84, may be reviewed for acceptance into the nursing program if there is space available and other admission criteria is met.

Traditional Nursing Program- Transfer Applicants

Application for transfer students is closed for Fall 2020.

Admission Criteria for Acceptance into the Nursing Program for Transfer Applicants:

  • GPA: 3.0
  • Requisite courses (see below) must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • Essay (200-300 words about why you want to be a nurse)
  • Applications for this program are no longer being accepted for fall 2020.
    • Decision letters will be sent by July 1st.
  • Students will be accepted, rejected or placed on a wait list. 
    • A letter will be sent to the student with the decision.

We will only accept 100 transfer student applications to the Traditional Nursing Program for Fall 2021 due to limited space in the program for our current and transfer students. If additional space is available at any time, we will re-open the application.

Transfer Policy

The Traditional Nursing Program accommodates first-time freshman students and is set up as a 4-year cohort that is fully enrolled each fall with incoming freshman. There are very few transfer students admitted. Transfer students should apply in May prior to the fall start date. 

  • Transfer students are considered only if a vacancy exists in the existing cohort and the applicant meets all of the criteria.
  • Transfer students begin coursework in the fall term of the second year in the nursing program; not the spring term or summer term.
  • Any student previously dismissed from another Nursing Program will not be considered for admission. 
  • Transfer students will take 3-full years of classes before graduation from the Traditional Program regardless of the number of transfer credits.
  • Transfer applications will only be reviewed after
    • Completed application
    • Official transcripts received
    • Essay received 
    • A formal review of application showing all the criteria has been met

Courses Required Prior to Completing the Transfer Application

Courses listed below must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to May 30th of fall admission

  • BIOL 130 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture 
  • BIOL 130A Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 
  • BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture  
  • BIO 131A Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 
  • CHEM 140 General Chemistry I Lecture  
  • CHEM 140A General Chemistry Laboratory 
  • ENGL 111 Written English and Literary Studies I
  • ENGL 112 Written English and Literary Studies II 
  • MATH 116 College Algebra 
  • PSYN 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology  

Traditional Nursing Program- Transfer Applicants

Application for transfer students is closed for Fall 2020.

Admission Criteria for Acceptance into the Nursing Program for Transfer Applicants:

  • GPA-2.75
  • Requisite courses (see below) must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • Essay (200-300 words about why you want to be a nurse)
  • Applications for this program are no longer being accepted for fall 2020.
    • Decision letters will be sent by July 1st.
  • Students will be accepted, rejected or placed on a wait list. 
    • A letter will be sent to the student with the decision.

 

Transfer Policy

The Traditional Nursing Program accommodates first-time freshman students and is set up as a 4-year cohort that is fully enrolled each fall with incoming freshman. There are very few transfer students admitted. Transfer students should apply in May prior to the fall start date. 

  • Transfer students are considered only if a vacancy exists in the existing cohort and the applicant meets all of the criteria.
  • Transfer students begin coursework in the fall term of the second year in the nursing program; not the spring term or summer term.
  • Any student previously dismissed from another Nursing Program will not be considered for admission. 
  • Transfer students will take 3-full years of classes before graduation from the Traditional Program regardless of the number of transfer credits.
  • Transfer applications will only be reviewed after
    • Completed application
    • Official transcripts received
    • Essay received 
    • A formal review of application showing all the criteria has been met

 

Courses Required Prior to Completing the Transfer Application

Courses listed below must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to May 30th of fall admission

  • BIOL 130 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture 
  • BIOL 130A Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 
  • BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture  
  • BIO 131A Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry I Lecture  
  • CHEM 160A General Chemistry Laboratory 
  • ENGL 111 Written English and Literary Studies I
  • ENGL 112 Written English and Literary Studies II 
  • MATH 116 College Algebra 
  • PSYN 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology  

Accreditations

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

Traditional Nursing Student Handbook

Clinical Simulation Lab Hours

Simulation and lab hours are scheduled in alignment with courses.  Students are informed at the start of each semester of these hours.

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 judgement, 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]