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 $325 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

Our Facilities

Our facilities are unlike any other for a two-year program. You’ll practice everything on our high-tech, computerized mannequins, like checking blood pressure and vital signs, inserting catheters and IVs, changing dressings and even delivering babies.

Our nursing arts laboratory offers state-of-the-art wireless mannequins, hospital beds and bed stands, IV pumps, and computerized drug/medication carts—just like what you’d find in a real hospital. The new Hirtzel Maternity and Pediatric Simulation Learning Center features four high-fidelity simulators for use in maternity and pediatric education. Plus, our $1.2 million Hirtzel Human Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory is one of the best-equipped cadaver labs in the country.

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.

Nursing in the Mercy Tradition

Mercyhurst University owes its existence to a remarkable group of determined, forward-thinking women: the Sisters of Mercy. Sensing the need for quality higher education for women in the early 20th century, the Sisters led the way in establishing Mercyhurst more than 90 years ago. Even before that, however, their selfless dedication to others manifested through their work in ministry to the poor, education, and nursing—even serving as nurses in Civil War.

More than 90 years later, the pioneering ideals of these remarkable women live on in the groundbreaking ideas and good works on our campuses. Through our nursing programs, we strive to live out the Mercy core values of compassion, service, respect and integrity—so wonderfully embodied by the Sisters and essential for those in the nursing fields.


Contact Us

Candice Kiskadden, MSN
Program Director, RN to BSN
Office: Hirt 311
Phone: 814-824-2907