NURSING (RN TO BSN PROGRAM)

Take the next step in nursing.

If you’re a registered nurse (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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Fast Facts

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

An Affordable Next Step

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

Balancing Work, Family, and Education

Earning a BSN is a major step in advancing your nursing career, and we understand that fitting coursework and study time in your schedule can be a challenge. Mercyhurst’s RN to BSN program strives to accommodate working nurses, with online coursework and class meetings structured to work around your schedule, leaving you time for family and career commitments.

Students and professors in the program benefit from the close-knit community and sense of camaraderie in our department. 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. We’ll get to know you as an individual—your strengths and challenges, and personal and professional goals—as we work together to make the most of your time at Mercyhurst.

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

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.


Contact Us

Karen Morahan, Ph.D.
Program Director, RN to BSN
Office: Hirt 312C
Phone: 814-824-2909
Email: kmorahan@mercyhurst.edu