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  • B.S. in Nursing (R.N. to B.S.)

    Fully online option plus flexible schedule available for working RN's
    Advance your career in nursing with a bachelor's degree
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry & Online
    Credits:
    123

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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 365 Intro to Health Policy
  • 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

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
    • 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
    • Students will be considered for matriculation with GPAs 2.5 - 2.70
    • Students who will meet with Nursing Program Undergraduate Coordinator.

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.

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
     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 Introduce 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

RN-B.S.-M.S.

RNs with 3.0 GPAs form an associate degree program are eligible to apply for the accelerated RN-B.S.-M.S. program. In this program, up to nine graduate credits are substituted for undergraduate credits. After 123 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, NURS 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.

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 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.
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 earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 123-credit program in 4-years.
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.
Who do I contact for more information about the nursing programs?
Peggy C. Tallier, Program Director, ptallier@mercy.edu, (914) 674-7218 or Jennifer Garvey, Administrative Assistant, jgarvey1@mercy.edu, (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.
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.
Karen Koziol Clinical Simulation Director - Nursing Program
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. We offer three options: "Traditional In-Person Nursing RN to BS," "Fully Online Nursing RN to BS" and a combination of in-person and online classes to accommodate working RN schedules. All didactic coursework can be completed fully online. In-person clinical hours are required, however flexibility is incorporated in order to meet the needs of our working RN students.

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.

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

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.
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.
Meet Peggy Tallier, Program Director, Nursing

Learn about her story and explore Nursing at Mercy College.

2016 F.A. Davis Nursing Scholarships

F.A. Davis is delighted to offer their annual $1,500 undergraduate nursing student scholarship opportunity. This reflects their continual commitment to the education of nurses and recognizes the very special nature of those who have chosen to embark on this challenging, yet rewarding career path.

Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: July 15, 2016

Access the application here.

The Nursing Program at Mercy College
Local Partnerships

Mercy College has partnered with Suburban Hospital Alliance member hospitals, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and 119 Local Heath Care Workers to bring affiliates discounted tuition rates of 15% at Mercy College.

Learn more about the Suburban Hospital Alliance and the the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA).

Contact
Graduate Study:
Krystal Trama
Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment
(914) 674-3109
ktrama.admissions@mercy.edu

Undergraduate Study:
Joseph Armstrong
Assistant Director of Transfer & Distance Learning Recruitment
(212) 615-3390
jarmstrong1.admissions@mercy.edu

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

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

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.

Accreditations

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.

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
Clinical Requirements

Course Number and Section:
NURS 401A

Course Title:
Community Health Nursing: Advocacy for Population Health

Prerequisites:
Current New York State RN License. Additionally, must have taken at least three of the following courses at Mercy College: NURS 361, NURS 362, NURS 363, NURS 364, NURS 365, NURS 366, NURS 367, NURS 368 and/or NURS 371. 

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. Heath clearance approval
  4. Immunization titers - MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella
  5. Flu vaccine
  6. PPD or chest x-ray
  7. Copy of current RN license
  8. *Criminal background check - Depending on agency requirements
  9. *Drug screen - Depending on agency requirements

*Fingerprints - Depending on agency requirements.

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

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 inter-professional 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