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  • B.S. in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.)

    Advance your career in nursing with a bachelor's degree
    Learn the skills you will need to succeed in a rewarding and growing field.
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry

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Nursing (R.N. to B.S.) B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Lower Division Nursing * 30 Credits
Major Concentration: Upper Division Nursing 33 Credits
Total 123 Credits

*Lower Division Nursing requirements are accepted in transfer from an Associate Degree in Nursing

Upper Division Nursing Courses

  • NURS 361 Contmp Topics Prof Nursing
  • NURS 362 Transcultural Nursing
  • NURS 363 Nurs Resrch Evdnc Bsd Prof Nur
  • NURS 364 Nursing Informatics
  • NURS 366 Leadership & Management
  • NURS 367 Path/Clinic Reasoning Nursing
  • NURS 368 Hlth Assessment/Hlth Promotion
  • NURS 370 Capstone Project Nrs/Hlth Care
  • NURS 371 Statistics for Nurses
  • NURS 370 will only be available to students who have successfully completed NURS 369 prior to summer 2013
  • NURS 401 Community Health Nursing

*These courses fulfill General Education Requirements

Transfer Credit

Previously earned college credit in the liberal arts and sciences may be accepted in transfer by Mercy College. Additional academic credits can be earned by passing RCE or CLEP examinations Lower division nursing requirements may be fulfilled as follows: Anatomy and Physiology II New York State Regents Examination (RCE) Chemistry Earned by credit only Microbiology College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or National League for Nursing Achievement Exam (NLN) Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Matriculation in the Nursing major is required to earn credit for the lower division nursing (30 credits).

Organization of the Program

This program has been designed for the part-time or full-time student. A student may enroll for 3-16 credits a semester. Courses are scheduled for a combination of evenings, days, weekends (general education classes) and/ or online. A variety of schedule patterns and teaching and learning methods are utilized. Nursing courses are offered at the Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, select off-campus locations and Online Campuses. General education courses can be taken at any of the branch campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan or Yorktown Heights. Upon acceptance of the nursing major, the student will be assigned an academic advisor from the nursing faculty.

Additional Nursing Science Requirements 

  1. Anatomy and Physiology II (transfer credit or NYS Regents exam)* 
  2. Microbiology (transfer credit, College Level Examination Program [CLEP], or National League of Nursing Achievement Exam [NLN])*

*These courses fulfill General Education Requirements


RNs with 3.0 GPAs from an associate degree program are eligible to apply for the accelerated RN-B.S.-M.S. program. In this program, up to 9 graduate credits are substituted for undergraduate credits. After 120 credits, a student earns a bachelor's degree in nursing and is able to enter either the Master in Nursing Education or Master in Nursing Administration track.

Requirements for progression in the RN-B.S.-M.S. courses: 

  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0. 
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 general education credits.
  • Undergraduate nursing courses NURS 361, NURS 363, and NURS 371.
  • Meet with faculty advisor in the undergraduate program to activate program plan. • Faculty advisor to notify the undergraduate coordinator for approval.

Upon completion of the above requirements, the student will take NURS 514 (Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing) in lieu of NURS 361. The student must receive a B or above to be considered for the progression into the master's program and to progress to the additional two graduate courses (NURS; 502; 503).

Substitution courses are as follows:

  • NURS 514 in lieu of NURS 361
  • NURS 503 in lieu of NURS 365
  • NURS 502 in lieu of NURS 364

Admission Requirements for the RN-B.S.-M.S. Program

Students admitted into the RN-B.S.-M.S. program must complete all of their undergraduate requirements. Pending undergraduate graduation, the graduate application is initiated. The following information must be in evidence:

  • Undergraduate GPA 3.0.
  • NURS 514 (Grade: B or above).
  • Completed graduate application.
  • Approval from Director and/or Associate Director of Nursing Program

Before entering into the M.S. component of the RN-B.S.-M.S. program, student must graduate from the RN-BS program.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 123-credit program in 4-years.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1-800-MERCY NY to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How long does it take to complete the RN-BS program?
One to two years full-time. For part-time students, it usually takes two to three years.
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 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 business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Who do I contact for more information about the nursing programs?
Peggy C. Tallier, Program Director,, (914) 674-7218 or Jennifer Garvey, Administrative Assistant,, (914) 674-7865.
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.
Do I need to meet with anyone in admissions?
After submitting your application, you should set up an interview with the nursing program director or designee. Your transcripts will be evaluated, and you will be academically advised.
If I'm not yet a nurse, can I come to Mercy?
The program is designed for registered nurses. If you don’t have your nursing degree you can attend one of the nursing schools we are articulated with. The programs we are affiliated are: 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 your associate's degree, and license as an RN you can apply to our RN-BS program.
Karen Koziol Clinical Placement Coordinator
Kathleen Kenney-Riley Associate Professor, Nursing
Lisa Martin Associate Professor, Nursing
Patricia Reineke Associate Professor, Nursing
Peggy Tallier Associate Professor, Nursing
Susan Moscou Associate Professor, Nursing
Mary Hartnett Assistant Professor, Nursing
Miriam Ford Assistant Professor, Nursing
Renu Varughese Assistant Professor, Nursing
Rita Neilan Assistant Professor, Nursing

Nursing (R.N. to B.S.) Overview

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.

Nursing (R.N. to B.S.) FAQS

How long does it take to complete the RN-BS program?
One to two years full-time. For part-time students, it usually takes two to three years.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
The Nursing Program at Mercy College
Meet Peggy Tallier, Program Director, Nursing

Learn about her story and explore Nursing at Mercy College.

Nursing (R.N. to B.S.) Fast Facts

  • RN-B.S.-M.S. designed program
  • Use of state-of-the-art computer labs

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the RN-BS program enjoy the opportunities of professional advancement, and recognition from colleagues and employers. Mercy College graduates practice at healthcare agencies such as Montefiore Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center, Northern Westchester Hospital, Rockland Psychiatric Hospital, Armed Forces, Visiting Nurse Service, among others.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility for Admission to Nursing Courses NURS 361 and above

To be admitted to these nursing courses, the student must have passed the NCLEX exam and hold a valid license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents.

Degree Requirements

Students who choose the major concentration in Nursing must have:

  1. An associate degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program or a diploma in nursing
    1. Students who completed their nursing degree outside of the U.S. must complete a WES evaluation
  2. Passed the NCLEX licensure exam
  3. A valid state license to practice as a registered nurse
  4. A GPA of 2.75
    1. Students will be considered for matriculation with GPAs 2.5 - 2.70
    2. Students will meet the Nursing Program Undergraduate Coordinator

Nursing (R.N. to B.S.) Objectives

The major concentration in Nursing provides an upper division B.S. degree program for registered nurses with a diploma or an associate degree education in nursing. The Nursing major is designed to prepare a professional practitioner who is:

  • A provider of safe care who evaluates client changes and progress over time
  • A designer/manager/coordinator of care who participates on the inter-professional team, identifies system issues, manages care transitions and delegates, prioritizes and oversees care
  • A member of the nursing profession through the process of evaluating one's practice and supporting the profession
  • Prepared for graduate study in nursing

Program Outcomes

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

  • Integrate concepts from liberal arts and sciences as the basis for nursing education and the practice of professional nursing
  • Demonstrate leadership strategies that promote quality improvement, client safety, and organizational effectiveness that promotes health 
  • Understand the levels of evidence that guide evidence based practice in professional nursing
  • Explore ethical management of data, information, knowledge, and technology to facilitate professional nursing care
  • Investigate healthcare policies and practices that influence professional nursing and the general population while promoting advocacy and social justice particularly for the vulnerable
  • Examine the implications of interprofessional communication and collaboration in improving health outcomes
  • Examine the impact of clinical prevention on health promotion and disease prevention on population health
  • Integrate the core values characteristic of professional nursing
  • Integrate and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to the improvement in health outcomes while recognizing the diversity of culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socioeconomic
    status, gender, and sexual orientation of clients