The region's best paths to a nursing career.

Mercyhurst University’s nursing programs are recognized for producing compassionate, skilled leaders in the nursing field, thanks to hands-on clinical training, access to state-of-the-art equipment, and unparalleled faculty support. Nursing jobs are in high demand at every level thanks to advances in health care technology allowing for greater treatment opportunities and longer lifespans in the population. With programs available on our main campus in Erie, our North East campus and online, there is no shortage of opportunities—whether you’re just entering the field or looking to advance your nursing career.

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.  

Integrative Nursing at the Heart of the MSN Program

Our MSN program embraces these Mercy ideals, with a unique focus on integrative nursing. We strive to educate intellectually creative, merciful, compassionate, mindful and resilient nurse leaders whose relationship-based practice is grounded in evidence with a focus on the health and well-being of caregivers as well as those they serve.

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Four Excellent Nursing Programs

Online MSN Program

  • For current BSNs
  • Integrative Nursing Leadership focus
  • Flexible online coursework

Take the next step in a leadership role with this flexible, affordable online MSN. The program’s unique focus on integrative health, resiliency and patient safety prepares you to address some of the most pressing issues in health care today. You’ll learn evidence-based applications of health and well-being strategies with patient populations as well as the health care team members that you lead. Tuition for this flexible 32-credit program is set at $650 per credit. Grads will be prepared to sit for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential.

BSN Completion Program

  • Full- or part-time options
  • Complete the program in as little as two years
  • Blended campus (Erie campus and online)

This BSN completion program is the ideal next step for those with an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing. As a student in this world-class program, you’ll benefit from the flexibility of the blended program design, which combines online coursework with on-campus classes two evenings per week. The program works around your schedule, leaving you time for family and work commitments, as you acquire the skills and credentials you need to excel in a supervisory role. Plus, with BSN tuition set at only $299 per credit, our program is one of the most affordable in the region.

Registered Nursing

  • Full- or part-time ASN program
  • LPN to RN bridge option available
  • North East campus

One of the most trusted RN programs in the region, this rigorous program prepares you to effectively assess patients, deliver quality care, and communicate with patients and health care teams. In as little as two years, you’ll be ready to pass your nursing licensure exam (NCLEX)—the same certification exam taken by graduates of four-year programs—and start your career as an RN. In 2018, our grads achieved a 92.5 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.

Practical Nursing

  • One-year certificate
  • Full-time program
  • North East campus

LPNs are essential members of health care teams, caring for sick, injured, convalescent and disabled patients under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. In this program—the region’s only 12-month practical nursing program—you’ll get the engaging coursework and hands-on training you need to start your nursing career at an affordable, all-inclusive price. When you’re ready for the next step, you can take advantage of our unique LPN-RN bridge program.

Our Facilities

In some of the region’s best-equipped nursing arts laboratories, students in our LPN and RN programs will hone patient care skills with advanced wireless mannequins, hospital beds and bed stands, IV pumps, and computerized drug/medication carts.

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 human anatomy laboratory is recognized as one of the best cadaver labs in the country.

Online Learning

Coursework for the MSN program is available 100 percent online, while the BSN Completion program is blended, combining 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. As a student in our online courses, you’ll benefit from:

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. Unlike many programs, Mercyhurst’s nursing programs give you access to full-time faculty members, each with years of real-world experience to share. Your professors will get to know you as an individual, advising and mentoring you—from preparing you for your nursing certification exams to helping you manage your studies around family and work commitments.

Ready for the next step?

BSN Completion and Online MSN Programs

Learn more about our BSN Completion and MSN programs by contacting the Mercyhurst University Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at or 814-824-3351.

Practical Nursing (LPN) and Registered Nursing Programs

Learn more about our LPN and RN programs by contacting the Mercyhurst North East Office of Admissions at or 814-725-6144.