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.

Local Partnerships

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

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 health care 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 clients.

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.

Clinical Requirements

Course Number and Section:

Course Title:
Community Health Nursing: Advocacy for Population Health

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.

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 progresses 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

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.) 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

Students who choose the RN-BS Completion nursing major must complete lower division nursing courses* and the following upper division nursing courses.

Lower Division Nursing Courses*

Lower Division Nursing requirements are accepted in transfer from an Associate Degree or a diploma in Nursing

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)

Upper Division Nursing Courses

  • NURS 361 Contemp Topics Prof Nursing
  • NURS 362 Transcultural Nursing
  • NURS 363 Nurs Research 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 368A Hlth Assessment/Hlth Promotion
  • NURS 371 Statistics for Nurses
  • NURS 401A 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
  2. Students who completed their nursing degree outside of the U.S. must complete a WES evaluation
  3. Passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam
  4. A valid state license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S.
  5. A GPA of 2.75
  6. Students will be considered for matriculation with GPAs 2.5 - 2.70

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.

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 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 a 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, the student must graduate from the RN-BS program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the RN-BS program enjoy the opportunities of professional advancement and recognition from colleagues and employers. Mercy College graduates to 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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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