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Take the Next Step in Nursing with Mercyhurst’s RN to BSN Program

If you’re an RN with an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing, a BSN from Mercyhurst will prepare you to deliver enhanced outcomes for your patients, and advance your career as a clinician, manager, educator or scholar. Mercyhurst’s blended RN to BSN program combines online courses with in-person learning, making for a flexible program that works with your schedule. With a new discounted tuition rate, plus tuition benefits for employees of certain area hospitals, there’s never been a better time to build on your education and experience and earn your BSN!

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Degree Completion Plans

Course Descriptions

Financial Aid Opportunities

Mercyhurst’s new tuition rate is set at only $299 per credit, making our RN to BSN program one of the lowest in the region. When you consider employer benefits and reimbursements, scholarships, grants and other sources of financial aid, many students can attend with little to no out-of-pocket cost!


  • Unlike most other programs, ours has one low program fee.
  • Mercyhurst offers tuition deferment for those receiving tuition reimbursement.
  • Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and we’ll help you file your FAFSA.

An Affordable Next Step

A Curriculum for Working Professionals

NURS 302: Introduction to Nursing Informatics

This course covers the history and evolution of health information technology, including concepts, theories and models related to health care systems; current IT systems and their uses; and trends in health care informatics.

NURS 400: Health Promotion and Prevention

Study the goals, objectives and priorities of population-based health promotion, risk reduction, social engagement and environmental concerns to enhance the health status, outcomes and quality of life of a community.

NURS 404: Leadership in Nursing

This course focuses on the leadership and management of professional nursing care and services. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based professional nursing practices and the development of various professional nursing roles.

  • Enroll part time or full time
  • Summer courses available
  • Complete the program in as little as two years


Most students with an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing can transfer in 68 credits, which leaves only 52 credits required for the RN to BSN Program. The flexible course progression allows most students to complete the program in 1 to 2 years, with the option of spacing out the courses and taking longer, if they choose. As a student in the program, you’ll take courses such as:

Mercyhurst’s REACH Curriculum infuses liberal arts coursework into the BSN program. Students with college credits in addition to the 68 credits assumed as part of an associate degree in nursing program may transfer credits, if they align with a particular REACH core category, into the program and save more than $1,400 per transfer course.

Your Blended Learning Experience

Our blended program combines asynchronous online nursing courses with occasional synchronous class meetings, which you can attend either on our Erie campus (Tuesday or Thursday evenings) or online via webcam.

Classroom Engagement

Your online experience includes opportunities to interact with classmates and professors in real time through applied projects, review sessions and presentations.

Student Resources

You’ll be a full Mercyhurst student, with the same access to the university’s amenities, library system, writing center, career services, health services, etc., as a traditional student.

Close-Knit Community

Whether you’re attending class meetings in person or online, you’ll benefit from a supportive atmosphere and meaningful connections with your peers.

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Balancing Work, Family and Education

The program works around your schedule, leaving you time for family and work commitments.


Each student will have the support of an experienced full-time Mercyhurst RN to BSN professor to advise and mentor you throughout your time in the program.

More and more hospitals are requiring the majority of their Registered Nurses to be educated at the BSN level. In fact, the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing recommends the nursing profession increase the number of nurses with a BSN to 80 percent by the year 2020. The report found that BSN-prepared nurses are better equipped to handle the increasing complexity of 21st century nursing care.

In The Impact of Education on Nursing Practice, The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) cites a number of studies that demonstrate better nursing education is linked to better quality of patient care.

Why Earn a BSN?

“BSN nurses are prized for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, and health promotion, and for their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.”

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Ready for the next step?

Earning your BSN is within reach! Discover how Mercyhurst can help you get there.

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