BSN Advantages How to Apply Faculty Job Outlook
There Are Two Paths to Becoming a Registered Nurse With the Help of Mercy College. Beginning fall 2014, you can enroll in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that will prepare you in as little as three years to take the NCLEX-RN® examination. There is also our original program path that combines the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) with our RN to BSN program allowing nurses to work and study while completing their bachelor’s degree. Both paths will prepare you as a registered nurse to practice in a variety of health care settings.
Mercy College’s new BSN program is an eight-semester curriculum with two semesters of liberal arts and science courses and six semesters of nursing courses. Students will learn about nursing using a concept-based approach that emphasizes nursing content across the life span and diverse clinical settings. For example, when students learn about the concept of infection, they will do so by studying mechanisms, assessment, and management principles of infection and how these principles are applied in various populations, settings, types of infectious diseases, and stages of illness.
Coursework prepares graduates to care for patients and families in acute care and community settings. Graduates are prepared to assume roles involving leadership, education, research, and community health.
By enrolling in the Mercy College BSN program, you will be joining nursing faculty and students across the country striving to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) national goal of achieving an 80% BSN-prepared nursing workforce by 2020. Hospitals and health systems across the country are recognizing the benefits noted in the report of dramatically expanding the entry-level education of nurses to meet the future challenges of healthcare.
Mercy College BSN Advantages
- Complete your BSN program in just 3 years.
- Participate in a nursing program developed using a concept-based approach to learning, considered a “quantum leap” in educating BSN nurses.
- Access to nursing faculty with an average of 23 years of nursing experience.
- You may select four nursing issues courses from seven topics to create a unique experience that fits your interests.
- In addition to clinical experiences in acute care setting, community-based experiences will enhance your understanding of healthcare delivery in the community. These experiences provide unmatched access to Native American healing rituals on the Pine Ridge reservation (fall and spring) or discovering indigenous medical treatments of the Mayan and Latino populations in the Yucatan (summer).
Our BSN program has interim approval of the Iowa Board of Nursing and is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
How to Apply
College Admission First
The first step in the admissions process is to apply using the Mercy College Application. Early application is encouraged. For a complete list of College and program application deadlines, click here. Students admitted to the College may enroll in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) courses prior to admission to any academic program.
Program Admission Second
The BSN will admit new students in the fall only during academic year 2014-15. Following College admission, you will receive instructions to complete an Intent to Enroll Form for your specific program. For a complete list of application deadlines, click here.
Faculty in the BSN program are highly motivated and skilled healthcare practitioners comfortable in the latest technology and evidenced-based practices in their specialty area of healthcare and experienced educators ready to help you learn. They average more than 23 years of clinical experience. Our fulltime liberal arts and sciences faculty members are Ph.D.-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.
Once you have completed your BSN program and successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination, you will be employable nationwide. Jobs for RNs are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. For more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.