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  • B.S. in Nursing - Traditional Program

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Nursing - Traditional Program B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Lower Division Nursing* 44 Credits
Major Concentration
Upper Division Nursing 18 Credits
Total 122 Credits

General Education Courses Specifically Required by the Nursing Program:

  • BIOL 117
  • BIOL 130/130A
  • BIOL 131/131A
  • CHEM 160/160A
  • MATH 117
  • PSYN 101
  • PSYN 233
  • SOCL 101
  • Pre-requisites or the major and must be used to fulfill general requirements

Students who choose the traditional nursing major must complete all of the following lower and upper division nursing courses. Thirty credits must be completed in the major at Mercy College.

Lower Division Nursing Courses

  • BIOL 265 Microbiology Lecture
  • BIOL 265A Microbiology Lab
  • NURS 367 Path/Clinic Reasoning Nursing
  • NURS 198 Health Assessment and Health Promotion; NURS 198A (Lab)
  • NURS 200 Fundamentals of Nursing; NURS 200A (Lab); NURS 200S (Clinical-Simulation)
  • NURS 220 Pharmacology for Nurses; NURS 220A (Lab)
  • NURS 225 Pediatric & Parent Child Nursing; NURS 225A (Lab); NURS 225S (Clinical-Simulation)
  • NURS 240 Medical Surgical Nursing I; NURS 240A (Lab); NURS 240S (Clinical-Simulation)
  • NURS 241 Medical Surgical Nursing II; NURS 241A (Lab); NURS 241S (Clinical-Simulation)
  • NURS 250 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; NURS 250S (Clinical-Simulation)
  • NURS 251 Community Health Nursing; NURS 251S (Clinical-Simulation)

Upper Division Nursing Courses

  • NURS 361 Contmp Topics Prof Nursing
  • NURS 363 Nurs Resrch Evdnc Bsd Prof Nur
  • NURS 364 Nursing Informatics
  • NURS 365 Intro to Health Policy
  • NURS 366 Leadership & Management

There are eight nursing courses, which consist of a didactic component (8 courses), a lab component (6 courses), and a clinical-simulation component (6 courses).

The didactic component is the lecture, the lab component addresses skills required for that area of study, and the clinical-simulation component is the clinical placement.

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Do I need to meet with anyone from admissions?
Students are not required to meet with anyone from admissions.
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: Tylenol Scholarships (; AACN-RN AACN Members Scholarship ( content/scholarship-information-instructions.pcms?menu=membership#Eligibility); National Black Nurses Association (; National Hispanic Nurses Association (; Minority Nurse (
Are Nursing Program faculty available for advising?
Yes, students will be assigned a nursing program faculty advisor.
If I am not yet a nurse, can I come to Mercy College?
Yes, the Generic Nursing Program is a pre-licensure program. The program prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam after completion of the program.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
The first step in the process, will be to apply to Mercy College. Students will be able to apply with the Mercy College Undergrad Application (, Common App ( or NursingCAS (
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.
How long does earning a degree take?
The program is completed in four years of full time study.
How long does it take to complete the Generic Nursing Program?
Four years full time study.
Who do I contact for more information about the nursing programs?
Contact Paul Reid at or (718) 678-8790 or the Nursing Program office at 718-678-8138.
Patrice Sobecki Instructor, Nursing
Karen Koziol Clinical Simulation Director - Nursing Program
Adrienne Wald Associate Professor, Nursing
Arlene Rosen Associate Professor, Nursing
Kathleen Kenney-Riley Associate Professor, Nursing
Susan Moscou Associate Professor, Executive Director, Nursing
Miriam Ford Associate Deans of Nursing
Shevonba Graham Assistant Professor, Program Director of Rosa Parks Nursing Prog
Mary Hartnett Assistant Professor, Nursing
Patricia Sutton Assistant Professor, Nursing
Rita Neilan Assistant Professor, Nursing
Sharon Shockness Assistant Professor, Nursing
Susanna Killourhy Assistant Professor, Nursing
Patricio Mujica Urzua Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences

Nursing - Traditional Program Overview

The Traditional 4-Year Nursing Program is designed to provide education in preparation for licensure and professional nursing practice. The program offers traditional face-to-face classes. Clinical learning experiences will be conducted via a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory as well as traditional, hands-on, instructor-supervised training in Westchester County and New York City health care facilities.

This education experience will provide the preparation needed for the challenging and diverse health care needs of our community and throughout the United States. Upon successful completion, students will earn a baccalaureate degree, be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and be qualified for admission to graduate nursing programs.

Simulation Lab at Mercy College

Susan Moscou discusses the Simulation Lab at Mercy College and how it prepares Nurses to succeed.

Traditional Nursing Student Handbook

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Nursing - Traditional Program FAQS

What is the first step in the admissions process?
The first step in the process, will be to apply to Mercy College. Students will be able to apply with the Mercy College Undergrad Application (, Common App ( or NursingCAS (
How long does it take to complete the Generic Nursing Program?
Four years full time study.
The Nursing Program at Mercy College

Just listen and watch as students in our nursing program describe their education: personal, cutting edge, and preparing them for success!

The School of Health and Natural Sciences Clinical Simulation Labs prepare students for their future as health care professionals.  The 12,000 square-foot space consists of several specialized labs designed to simulate different disciplines within a health care facility. The Labs also include control rooms, debriefing space and several large classrooms. Each are filled with state-of-the-art technology that give students real-world experience before they even begin their clinical experiences. The Labs provide opportunities to bring together students from various health professions for interdisciplinary hands-on learning experiences in settings that reflect in-patient, clinic and home settings.  The students can work as a team while practicing patient assessment, critical thinking, communication and interventions based on specific patient scenarios.

Simulation and lab hours are scheduled in alignment with courses.  Students are informed at the start of each semester of these hours.

Nursing - Traditional Program Fast Facts

Features include:

  • Highly interactive mannequins are housed in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab, which students utilize in order to gain experience, refine fundamental skills, establish priorities and safely apply learned concepts
  • Experienced dedicated and caring faculty with clinical certifications and expertise in designated specialties

Admission Requirements

Traditional Nursing Program

Admission Criteria for Acceptance into the Nursing Program:

  • High School GPA of 85*
  • Grade of 80 in all math and science classes taken in 9th-11th grades
  • Math- three years including algebra
  • Science- three years including biology and chemistry
  • Average grade of 78 in all English classes taken in 9th-11th grades (minimum 2 English classes required)
  • ACT or SAT scores required for review
  • Written personal statement (200-500 word statement about why you want to become a nurse).  

*Students with a GPA of 85 will be reviewed for acceptance into the nursing program when the application is complete. Students with a GPA between 80 and 84, may be reviewed for acceptance into the nursing program if there is space available and other admission criteria is met.

Traditional Nursing Program- Transfer Applicants

Application for transfer students is closed for Fall 2020.

Admission Criteria for Acceptance into the Nursing Program for Transfer Applicants:

  • GPA-2.75
  • Requisite courses (see below) must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  • Essay (200-300 words about why you want to be a nurse)
  • Applications for this program are no longer being accepted for fall 2020.
    • Decision letters will be sent by July 1st.
  • Students will be accepted, rejected or placed on a wait list. 
    • A letter will be sent to the student with the decision.

Transfer Policy

The Traditional Nursing Program accommodates first-time freshman students and is set up as a 4-year cohort that is fully enrolled each fall with incoming freshman. There are very few transfer students admitted. Transfer students should apply in May prior to the fall start date. 

  • Transfer students are considered only if a vacancy exists in the existing cohort and the applicant meets all of the criteria.
  • Transfer students begin coursework in the fall term of the second year in the nursing program; not the spring term or summer term.
  • Any student previously dismissed from another Nursing Program will not be considered for admission. 
  • Transfer students will take 3-full years of classes before graduation from the Traditional Program regardless of the number of transfer credits.
  • Transfer applications will only be reviewed after
    • Completed application
    • Official transcripts received
    • Essay received 
    • A formal review of application showing all the criteria has been met

Courses Required Prior to Completing the Transfer Application

Courses listed below must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to May 30th of fall admission

  • BIOL 130 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture 
  • BIOL 130A Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 
  • BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture  
  • BIO 131A Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 
  • CHEM 160 General Chemistry I Lecture  
  • CHEM 160A General Chemistry Laboratory 
  • ENGL 111 Written English and Literary Studies I
  • ENGL 112 Written English and Literary Studies II 
  • MATH 116 College Algebra 
  • PSYN 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology  

Degree Requirements

Completion of 122 credits



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 healthcare 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. 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. 
Undergraduate Nursing Program Goals

The B.S. 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