ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE
Registered nursing is one of today's most in-demand careers. And with its experienced faculty, state-of-the art facilities and reputation for producing highly qualified nurses, Mercyhurst North East is one of the most trusted providers of two-year registered nursing education in the region.
This associate degree program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), prepares students for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN). Mercyhurst North East offers two options for its RN program: a 5-semester, full-time, weekday program, and an 8-semester part-time, evening and weekend program.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a professional registered nurse. Registered nurses assist physicians in providing care to patients who are sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled and provide compassionate care and support for the dying and their family. Graduates will be prepared for employment in multiple heath care settings such as hospitals, private medical practices, home hospice care, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities.
The faculty of the Associate in Science in Nursing program believe nursing is a caring profession whose members provide patient-centered care across the life span to individuals, families, and the global community. We believe nursing is a scientific discipline using clinical judgment, substantiated by evidence, and integrating safe, quality care and health promotion. As part of our professional identity, we value interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork to promote effective communication and shared decision making. We believe nurses use information and technology to communicate, access resources, promote patient safety and provide continuous quality improvement.
Professional nurses adhere to the established standards of practice and are accountable within the legal and ethical framework of the profession. Inherent in this is the belief that education is a continuous life-long process necessary to integrate the best current evidence for clinical practice. In keeping with the core values of Mercyhurst University, we believe nurses are ambassadors of service demonstrating the values of social mercy, global responsibility, intellectual creativity, and reflective awareness. We believe learners are self-directed and build on prior knowledge and life experiences. Learning is facilitated by various teaching strategies which consider individual learning preferences. The faculty encourages and supports the spirit of inquiry to challenge the status quo and question underlying assumptions.
- Advocate for the patient and/or designee as the principle source of control to determine the direction of her/his care and to manage her/his care in collaboration with the health care team
- Use system, individual resources and clinical judgment to implement and promote safe practice and minimize risk to the patient, family, and health care team
- Integrate best current evidence to provide safe, quality nursing care and promote optimal patient outcomes
- Use information and technology to communicate, access resources, support decision making and prevent errors
- Collaborate with the patient and/or designee and members of the health care team to foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making to achieve quality care
- Adheres to standards of professional practice as a patient advocate, is accountable for her/his actions and behaviors, and practices nursing within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks
According to the the U.S. Department of Labor and Industry, jobs in healthcare are steadily on the rise due to the aging world’s population. We are already seeing shortages of nurses, but by the year 2020, the nation will have a shortage of more than 800,000 nurses.
Nursing can be rewarding in more ways than one. The average starting salary for a registered nurse is $62,450, and licensed practical nurses average $39,030. Plus, many hospitals also offer generous signing bonuses.
Individuals interested in applying to this program must have:
- A high school diploma
- High school equivalent in algebra, biology, and chemistry
- At least a 2.5 GPA
- Either ACT, SAT, or MNE Placement Test scores
- TEAS test score of 66% or greater
Mercyhurst also welcomes transfer students from other colleges.
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With the part-time RN program, students will complete what's typically a two-year associate degree program in three years. Classes will be held on weekday evenings and on weekends, making it convenient for individuals with work and family responsibilities. It also spreads the cost out over three academic years, giving you greater access to financial aid.
If you're a licensed practical nurse and are ready to take the next step in your career, the LPN to RN Bridge program at Mercyhurst North East is a perfect way to get there. Graduates of state-approved practical nursing programs are able to earn an associate of science degree in nursing and prepare for licensure as a registered professional nurse (RN) through Mercyhurst North East’s ASN articulation program. A part-time option is also available for this The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Meet the Faculty
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences, Associate Provost, Associate Degree & Certificate Programs
Associate Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences, Program Director, RN to BSN