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  • B.S. in Nursing RN to B.S. - Completion Program

    Fully online option plus flexible schedule available for working RN's
    Advance your career in nursing with a bachelor's degree
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Dobbs Ferry & Online

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Nursing RN to B.S. - Completion Program B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Lower Division Nursing - Given for AS degree or Diploma degree in Nursing 30 Credits
Major Concentration: Upper Division Nursing 30 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the RN-B.S. Completion nursing major must complete lower division nursing courses* and the following upper division nursing courses.

Upper Division Nursing Courses

  • NURS 361 Contmp Topics Prof Nursing
  • NURS 362 Transcultural Nursing
  • NURS 363 Nurs Resrch Evdnc Bsd Prof Nur
  • NURS 364 Nursing Informatics
  • NURS 365 Intro to Health Policy
  • NURS 366 Leadership & Management
  • NURS 368 Hlth Assessment/Hlth Promotion
  • NURS 371 Statistics for Nurses
  • NURS 401 Community Health Nursing

Eligibility to take Upper Division Nursing Courses while enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing Program

Students enrolled in an accredited associate degree program in nursing in their senior year may take two upper division nursing courses (six credits). Students interested in this option, should contact the Nursing Program office at 914.674.7865. 

Transfer Credits

RN-B.S. students are considered transfer students. This means that students can transfer:

  1. Up to 75 credits from a community college or 90 credits from a 4-year institution

Previously earned college credits in the liberal arts and sciences and nursing may be accepted in transfer by Mercy College. Additional academic credits can also be earned by passing RCE or CLEP examinations.

Organization of the Program

This program has been designed for the part-time or full-time student. A student may enroll for 3-15 credits a semester. Courses are scheduled for a combination of evenings, days, weekends (general education classes) and/ or online. Diverse course scheduling and teaching and learning methods are utilized.

Nursing courses are offered at the Dobbs Ferry Campus and Online. General education courses can be taken at any of the branch campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan or Yorktown Heights. 


RNs with 3.0 GPAs form an associate degree program are eligible to apply for the accelerated RN-B.S.-M.S. program. In this program, up to nine graduate credits are substituted for undergraduate credits. After 120 credits, a student earns a bachelor's degree in nursing and is able to enter either the Master in Nursing Education or Master in Nursing Administration track.

Prerequisites for Progression into RN-B.S.-M.S. Program are:

  • Completion of NURS 366 (Leadership)
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 general education credits
  • Completion of NURS 401 (Community Health Nursing)
  • Completion of NURS 371 (Statistics for Nurses)
  • Completion of NURS 363 (Research for Evidence Based Professional Nursing)

Progression in the RN-B.S.-M.S. Program requires:

  • Candidate will meet with faculty advisor in the undergraduate program to activate the program plan 
  • Faculty advisor will notify the Director/Associate Director for approval

The following course must be completed first with a B or above:

  • NURS 514 (Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing) in lieu of NURS 361 (Contemporary Topics for Professional Nursing)

Course substitutions permitted during the undergraduate portion of the program can include the following and can be take non-sequentially:

  • NURS 502 (Computer Technology) in lieu of NURS 364 (Nursing Informatics)
  • NURS 503 (Health Policy) in lieu of NURS 365 (Introduction to Health Policy)

Before entering into the M.S. component of the RN-B.S.-M.S. program, students must graduate from the RN-B.S. program. 

Academic Program Sequence Map

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What is the first step in the admissions process?
Students are able to apply with the Mercy College Undergrad Application (, Common App ( or NursingCAS (
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit program in 3 - 5 years.
How long does it take to complete the RN-B.S. program?
Full-time: 1 - 2 years; Part-Time: 2 - 3 years. Completion timeframe depends upon the number of credits transferred in and the number of courses taken each semester.
Is there financial aid available?
Yes. Mercy College offers a wide variety of financial aid programs, both economically need based and academic. In addition, information regarding other financial aid opportunities can be found at the following links: Medi-Smart: Nursing Career Advancement, Tylenol Scholarships, AACN - RN AACN members, 3.0gpa, National Black Nurses Association, National Hispanic Nurses Association, Minority Nurse, Respiratory Nursing Scholarship, National Student Nurse Association - Up to $2,500, Greater New York Hospital Recruiters Vida Samuel New York University College of Nursing 246 Greene Street New York, NY 10003, Nursing Excellence Fellowship Grant, Emergency Nurses Association, Scholarship for Nursing Educators.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are ready to assist students with questions.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined, however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level nursing courses (six credits) to apply to the major/specialization.
Who do I contact for more information about the nursing programs?
Miriam Ford, Interim Program Director,, (914) 674-7860 or Jennifer Garvey, Administrative Assistant,, (914) 674-7865.
Is there a clinical requirement?
Students are required to complete 135 hours of clinical in community health. The location is coordinated by faculty and the student. Out of area students may be able to complete their requirement at a location near their home.
Do I need to meet with anyone in the nursing program after my acceptance into the Nursing Program?
It is recommended that you contact the nursing program at (914) 674-7865 after acceptance into the program. Faculty will be available for academic advisement.
If I'm not yet a nurse, can I come to Mercy?
The RN - B.S. program is designed for registered nurses who already have an associated degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. If you do not have a nursing degree, you can apply to one of the following nursing schools Mercy College has an agreement with: Borough of Manhattan Community College: (212) 220-1265; Bronx Community College: (718) 289-5425; Cochran School of Nursing: (914) 964-4296; Montefiore School of Nursing: (914) 361-6221; Dutchess Community College: (845) 431-8000; Helene Fuld School of Nursing: (212) 423-2700; LaGuardia Community College: (718) 482-5782; Kingsborough Community College: (718) 368-5522; Orange Community College: (845) 341-4107; Queensborough Community College: (718) 631-6262; Westchester Community College (914) 606-6600. After obtaining an associate's degree in nursing, passing the NCLEX and obtaining license as an RN, you can apply to the RN to B.S. program.
Karen Koziol Clinical Simulation Director - Nursing Program
Susan Moscou Associate Professor, Executive Director, Nursing
Miriam Ford Associate Deans of Nursing
Mary Hartnett Assistant Professor, Nursing
Patricia Sutton Assistant Professor, Nursing
Rita Neilan Assistant Professor, Nursing

Nursing RN to B.S. - Completion Program Overview

The Mercy College bachelor of science degree in nursing is designed for registered nurses who have an associate's degree or who have graduated from a diploma program in nursing, and are planning to return to school for a bachelor's degree. The programs offered are RN-B.S. and RN-B.S. online only (tuition is reduced). 

Nursing RN to B.S. - Completion Program FAQS

How many credits can be transferred from another institution
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined, however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level nursing courses (six credits) to apply to the major/specialization.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit program in 3 - 5 years.
RN-B.S. Fully Online Completion Program

Students admitted to the RN-B.S. fully online completion program are eligible for reduced tuition. All courses must be taken online.

RN-B.S. Fully Online Program
Fully Online RN to B.S.N. Program Tuition: $425.00 per credit

Registration Fees
12 credits or more: $321.00 per term
Less than 12 credits: $161.00 per term
RN to B.S.N. Program Fee: $62.50 per term

Nursing RN to B.S. - Completion Program Fast Facts

  • RN-B.S.-M.S. program option
  • Use of state-of-the-art computer labs
  • Program can be completed fully online

Admission Requirements

Eligibility for Admission to Nursing RN-B.S. Programs

  1. An Associate Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program or a Diploma in Nursing
  2. Students who completed their nursing degree outside of the U.S. must complete a WES evaluation
  3. Passed the NCLEX licensure exam
  4. A valid state license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S.
  5. A GPA of 2.75
    1. Student will be considered for admission with GPAs 2.5 - 2.70
    2. Student will meet the Nursing Program Undergraduate Coordinator or the Program Co-Director




The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.


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The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Mercy College is accredited by the New York Board of Regents, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Board of Regents, Room 110 EB, Albany, New York 12234

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  1. Integrate concepts from liberal arts and sciences as the basis for nursing education and the practice of professional nursing.
  2. Demonstrate leadership strategies that promote quality improvement, client safety and organizational effectiveness that promotes health. 
  3. Evaluate the levels of evidence that guide scholarship and evidence based practice in professional nursing. 
  4. Explore ethical management of data, information, knowledge and technology to facilitate professional nursing care. 
  5. Investigate health care policies and practices, finances, costs and regulations that influence professional nursing and the general population while promoting advocacy and social justice particularly for the vulnerable. 
  6. Examine the implications of interprofessional communication and collaboration in improving health outcomes. 
  7. Examine the impact of clinical prevention on health promotion and disease prevention on population health. 
  8. Integrate the core values characteristic of professional nursing. 
  9. Integrate and apply knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to the improvement in health outcomes while recognizing the diversity of culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender and sexual orientation of all clients.
Undergraduate Nursing Program Goals

The BS in nursing program is designed to prepare students to:

  1. Be accountable for professional nursing care
  2. Collaborate in leadership roles within the changing health care delivery system
  3. Participate in the process of inquiry
  4. Prepare for graduate study