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  • B.S. in Nursing

    Helping. Healing. Caring.
    Take the first step to a rewarding career in the field of Nursing
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry

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Nursing B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Lower Division Nursing* 44 Credits
Major Concentration
Upper Division Nursing 18 Credits
Total 122 Credits

General Education Courses Specifically Required by the Nursing Program:

  • BIOL 117
  • BIOL 130/130A
  • BIOL 131/131A
  • CHEM 160/160A
  • MATH 116
  • MATH 117
  • PSYN 101
  • PSYN 233
  • SOCL 101
  • Pre-requisites or the major and must be used to fulfill general requirements

Students who choose the generic nursing major must complete all of the following lower and upper division nursing courses. Thirty credits must be completed in the major at Mercy College.

Lower Division Nursing Courses

  • BIOL 265 Microbiology Lecture
  • BIOL 265A Microbiology Lab
  • NURS 200 Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NURS 220 Pharmacology for Nurses
  • NURS 225 Pediatric & Parent Child Nursing
  • NURS 240 Medical Surgical Nursing I
  • NURS 241 Medical Surgical Nursing II
  • NURS 250 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 367 Path/Clinic Reasoning Nursing
  • NURS 368B Health Assessment and Health Promotion

Upper Division Nursing Courses

  • NURS 361 Contmp Topics Prof Nursing
  • NURS 363 Nurs Resrch Evdnc Bsd Prof Nur
  • NURS 364 Nursing Informatics
  • NURS 365 Intro to Health Policy
  • NURS 366 Leadership & Management
  • NURS 401B Community Health Nursing: Advocacy for Public Health

Admission Criteria

I. Conditional Acceptance

  1. Admission to Mercy College does not guarantee progression into the nursing program
  2. A maximum of seventy students will be accepted conditionally per year
  3. Admission Criteria for conditional acceptance into the Nursing Major requires the following:
    1. Maximum High School GPA of 85%
    2. High School Science and Math grades B or higher

II. Full Acceptance – to be fully accepted as a BS in Nursing major the following conditions must be met:

  1. A grade of B- or better in all science courses and a minimum overall GPA of 2.67 is required to be considered for acceptance into the Nursing major
  2. Achieve a passing score on the Nursing Entrance Exam in the Spring Semester of Freshman Year
  3. Accepted students will be subject to background checks and may be required to undergo drug testing

Progression Criteria

Students are required to achieve a B- or better in all nursing and science courses and maintain an overall GPA of 2.67 or higher. Students will not progress to the next level of the program if they do not meet the above criteria.

Organization of the Program

This program has been designed for the full-time student. Courses are scheduled for a combination of evenings and days. A variety of schedule patterns and teaching and learning community methods are utilized. Nursing courses are offered at the Dobbs Ferry campus only. Upon acceptance to the nursing major, the student will be assigned an academic advisor from the nursing faculty.

Admissions Procedure

  1. Applications to the Generic BS in Nursing program are accepted once a year in the Fall. Application for Fall Semester entry will be accepted up until February 1st of the year the student plans to starting nursing courses in September.
  2. Upon review of the standard Mercy College application, qualified applicants will be conditionally accepted into the Generic BS in Nursing major.
  3. Qualified applicants will be admitted to the nursing major based upon available space in clinical nursing courses at the time of projected student’s eligibility.

Academic Program Sequence Map

Download a copy of the Nursing BS Sequence Map


Are Nursing Program faculty available for advising?
Yes, students will be assigned a nursing program faculty advisor.
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 (; AACN-RN AACN Members Scholarship ( content/scholarship-information-instructions.pcms?menu=membership#Eligibility); National Black Nurses Association (; National Hispanic Nurses Association (; Minority Nurse (
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.
Do I need to meet with anyone from admissions?
Students are not required to meet with anyone from admissions.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
How long does earning a degree take?
The program is completed in four years of full time study.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
The first step in the process, will be to apply to Mercy College. Please visit the Apply Now page (
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?
Miriam Ford, Interim Program Director,, (914) 674-7860 or Jennifer Garvey, Administrative Assistant,, (914) 674-7865
Sharon Shockness Visiting Faculty, SHNS
Jennifer Garvey Nursing Coordinator
Miriam Ford Co-Interm Director
Susan Moscou Co-Interim Director
Karen Koziol Clinical Simulation Director - Nursing Program
Patrice Sobecki Clinical Placement Advisor, Nursing
Kathleen Kenney-Riley Associate Professor, Nursing
Mary Hartnett Assistant Professor, Nursing
Patricia Sutton Assistant Professor

Nursing Overview

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.

Program Requirements

Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made on an individual basis. All students are initially conditionally accepted to the nursing program. Conditional acceptance does not guarantee progression into the nursing program. Admission criteria for conditional acceptance into the Nursing Major requires the following:

  • Minimum High School GPA of 85%
  • High School Science and Math grades of B or higher

Full acceptance into the Nursing Major requires the following conditions be met:

  • A grade of B- or better in all science courses and a minimum overall GPA of 2.67
  • Achieve a passing score on the Nursing Entrance Exam in the spring semester of freshman year
  • Accepted students will be subject to background checks and may be required to undergo drug testing

Nursing FAQS

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.
The New Sim Lab

Meet Miriam Ford, Interim Co-Director of Nursing, and learn more about how our Sim Lab is helping students achieve their goals.

Traditional 4-Year Student Handbook

Click to download the 2017 - 2018 Traditional 4-Year Nursing Student Handbook which contains the policies for all students enrolled in the Traditional 4-Year Nursing Program. These program policies do not supersede Mercy College policy but are supplemental to College policy.

The School of Health and Natural Sciences Clinical Simulation Labs prepare students for their future as health care professionals. The 12,000 square-foot space consists of several specialized labs to simulate different disciplines within a health care facility. The students can work as a team while practicing patient assessment, critical thinking, communication and interventions based on specific patient scenarios.

Nursing Fast Facts

Features include:

  • Cohort of sixty-four residential students
  • 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


CCNE Accreditation LogoThe 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.

Clinical Requirements

All students must complete the following before starting clinical. Copies of these documents/clearances must be submitted electronically to the faculty member who is assigned to teach the course by the specified due date. Name each file (document) with your last name and document type, for example: Jones CPR.

No one is allowed to begin clinical without the following:

  1. Current CPR for Health Care Personnel
  2. Liability malpractice insurance
  3. Health clearance approval
  4. Immunization titers - MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella
  5. Flu vaccine
  6. PPD or chest x-ray
  7. *Criminal background check - Depending on agency requirements
  8. *Drug screen - Depending on agency requirements

*Fingerprints - Depending on agency requirements.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  1. Integrate concepts from liberal arts and sciences as the basis for nursing education and the practice of professional nursing.
  2. Demonstrate leadership strategies that promote quality improvement, client safety and organizational effectiveness that promotes health. 
  3. Evaluate the levels of evidence that guide scholarship and evidence based practice in professional nursing. 
  4. Explore ethical management of data, information, knowledge and technology to facilitate professional nursing care. 
  5. Investigate healthcare policies and practices, finances, costs and regulations that influence professional nursing and the general population while promoting advocacy and social justice particularly for the vulnerable.
  6. Examine the implications of interprofessional communication and collaboration in improving health outcomes. 
  7. Examine the impact of clinical prevention on health promotion and disease prevention on population health. 
  8. Integrate the core values characteristic of professional nursing. 
  9. Apply knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to the improvement in health outcomes while recognizing the diversity of culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender and sexual orientation of all.