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Greetings from the Dean of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing & Health Professions

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Welcome to the website for the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions. You have chosen to explore unique nursing and health professions programs that are well known throughout the United States, programs that enjoy an excellent reputation in the health care community. These programs are infused with the tradition of Mercy as exemplified by the Gwyned Mercy University motto: Veritas et Misericordia: Truth and Mercy.

In 1959, Gwynedd Mercy University established the first Associate Degree Nursing Program in Pennsylvania and the first Catholic Associate Degree Nursing Program in the United States. In 1968 Gwynedd Mercy University developed an articulated nursing program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Both of these programs are presently experiencing their largest enrollments in the history of the programs. The Associate of Science in Nursing program requires two years of full-time study. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in other fields of study have the option of attending classes and clinical experiences on a part-time basis either during the week or in a weekend program. Upon graduation, the students are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become a Registered Nurse. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree program builds upon basic nursing content from an associate or diploma nursing program and completes the professional education of a registered nurse.

The Master of Science in Nursing program began in 1982 and today prepares nurses to be nurse practitioners in the areas of adult-gerontology or pediatrics or as nurse educators. In addition, nurses can also be prepared as clinical nurse specialists in the area of adult health. All of the programs are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and are fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The Health Professions Programs achieve their mission through cutting edge health care programs with real world experiences that extend beyond the traditional classroom setting. With its specialized laboratories and majors, as well as close partnerships with health care institutions and professionals, students learn to apply classroom education in clinical settings. The Health Professions Programs include Cardiovascular Technology, Medical (Clinical) Laboratory Science, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Care and Radiologic Technology.

The mission of the University reflects the commitment of the Sisters of Mercy to improving the human condition through dedication to truth, mercy and justice. A Mercy nurse or health care professional is one who is caring and competent, a moral-ethical reflective practitioner of health care. We trust that our programs will help you to fulfill your career goals in the health care professions. As you begin your quest for the right program for you, we wish you every success and we are pleased that you will consider Gwynedd Mercy University as a possible school to help you meet your educational goals.

Best regards,

Dr. Andrea Hollingsworth

Dean for the School of Nursing & Health Professions