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.
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)
Earned by credit only
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
- Anatomy and Physiology II (transfer credit or NYS Regents exam)*
- 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 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.