Earn your undergraduate bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from GMercyU

Undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Earn Your Undergraduate BSN from a Leader in Nursing Education

Are you thinking about earning your undergraduate nursing degree? As one of the most established undergraduate nursing programs in PA, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing has built a reputation for innovation and leadership in nursing that spans more than 50 years. GMercyU is known for producing excellent nurses, and our undergraduate BSN degree is the mark of a future nurse leader.

A BSN degree is the standard for entry-level nursing positions today, and is increasingly a prerequisite for work in hospital settings. Whether you're a recent high school graduate, a transfer student, or a Registered Nurse looking to earn your BSN degree, we can help you become the nurse you are meant to be. 

Four-Year BSN Degree - Start Here!

Offered on our 160-acre campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa., our four-year undergraduate bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) program provides your with the quality education and clinical experience you need to succeed, along with all the benefits of a traditional undergraduate college experience, including a rich campus life and 19 NCAA Division III athletic programs

As a four-year bachelor's in nursing student at GMercyU, you will work closely with faculty and other students who share your passion for providing exceptional nursing care. You also will develop the knowlege and clinical skills needed to become a leader in the nursing profession.

Other Degree Options


Turn your RN into a BSN at Gwynedd Mercy University

Want to take your nursing career a degree further?  Available online or on campus, our 43-credit RN to BSN  program focuses on leadership, research, and serving special populations.  Learn more about GMercyU's RN to BSN program.

Weekend BSN

Change Careers with our Weekend BSN Program

For students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field and want to become a nurse, GMercyU offers a Weekend BSN on our Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.  Learn more about GMercyU's Weekend BSN program.

The GMercyU Difference

Gwynedd Mercy University provides a combination of educational advantages that you won’t find anywhere else.  Here, you will develop your sense of professional ethics as well as the leadership, interpersonal and technological skills you need to be a well-rounded nurse leader.  We offer:

  • State-of-the-art technology, including SIM mannequins and Advanced Video System (AVS) replay for improved confidence and deeper understanding
  • 200+ regional health care affiliations
  • Richer learning experience with our low 13:1 laboratory and 8:1 clinicals student-faculty ratios 
  • All undergraduate bachelor's in nursing courses taught by experienced, credentialed instructors with clinical backgrounds (no teaching assistants)
  • Diverse, real-world clinical preparation featuring actual patient care and interaction with health care professionals in a variety of specialties and settings
  • Degree program approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 

Options for Transfer Students

Summer + 2 Years: If you have at least 45 qualifying transfer credits, you may be eligible to participate in our Summer + 2 program, which offers a way for you to earn your BSN in just one summer and two years. You also may be eligible for a special transfer student scholarship  when you enroll on our Main Campus. Space is very limited, so apply early!

Three-Year Program: Through a special degree completion program, transfer students with 24 to 35 transferable credits can earn a BSN in just three years. You will need to have completed either Anatomy and Physiology I and II or Chemistry for Health Professions I and II (or equivalent courses) to graduate within three academic years. You also may be eligible for a special transfer student scholarship when you enroll on our Main Campus.

Undergraduate Minors

Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.


In addition to your general education requirements, you will complete the following courses as part of your undergraduate bachelor's degree in nursing:

Nursing Courses:  65 Credits 

NUR 208 Introduction to Professional Nursing (1 credit)
NUR 209 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice  (4 credits)
NUR 212 Health Assessment in Nursing  (3 credits)
NUR 213 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing (2 credits)
NUR 307 Nursing Care of Adults (6 credits)
NUR 313 Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing (2 credits)
NUR 314  Pharmacology  (2 credits)
NUR 315 Pathophysiology  (3 credits)
NUR 316 Nursing Care of Clients w/Alterations in Behavioral Health (4 credits)
​NUR 317 Nursing Care of Women, Children & Families (5 Credits)
NUR 319 Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Health Care Problems  (5 credits)
NUR 413 The Older Adult (2 credits)
NUR 417 Genomics in Nursing (3 credits)
NUR 419 Synthesis of Learning for Nursing Practice (6 credits)
NUR 422 Health and Illness in the Community  (6 credits)
NUR 423 Global Health & Health Policy (2 credits)
NUR 431 Nursing Research (3 credits
NUR 4001 Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing – Capstone
NUR Elective


Nutrition - 3 credits 

NUT 200  Principles of Nutrition (3 credits)

Credit requirement
A minimum of 132 credits is required for the bachelor of science in nursing degree.

To review course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog (PDF).

Clinical Placements

Here are some places where GMercyU’s undergraduate nursing students have completed their clinicals:

  • Abington Memorial Hospital 
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Grand View Hospital
  • Chestnut Hill Hospital
  • Mercy Philadelphia Medical Center
  • Paoli Hospital
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital
  • Nazareth Hospital
  • Holy Redeemer Hospital
  • Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
  • Mercy Suburban Hospital
  • Einstein Montgomery
  • Horsham Clinic
  • Foulkeways
  • Montgomery County Emergency Services
  • Artman Lutheran Home
  • Aria Health
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

A bachelor's degree in Nursing will prepare you to meet the growing demand for fully trained nurses. BSN-educated nurses experience a 37% increase in career options, and a 76% increase in earnings, according to data available on BurningGlass.com* and Payscale.com, respectively.

*Based on analysis of job postings 4/24/13-7/21/13

Possible careers for nursing majors

•    Acute Care Nurse
•    Ambulatory Care Nurse
•    Ambulatory Child Health
•    Cardiovascular Nurse
•    Community Health Nurse
•    Community Mental Health Nurse
•    Correctional Health Nurse
•    Critical Care Nurse
•    Diabetes Nursing
•    Emergency Nurse
•    Gerontology Nurse
•    Maternity Nursing
•    Medical-Surgical Nurse
•    Mental Health Nurse
•    Midwife
•    Neonatal Nurse
•    Neurological Nurse

•    Nurse Anesthetist
•    Nurse Paralegal
•    Nurse Supervisor
•    Occupational Health Nurse
•    Office Nurse
•    Oncology Nurse
•    Pediatric Nurse
•    Primary Ambulatory Care Nurse
•    Professor in Nursing Education
•    Psychiatric Nurse
•    Public Health Specialist
•    Pulmonary Nurse
•    Rehabilitation Nurse
•    School Nurse
•    Trauma Nurse
•    Traveling Nurse

*Some of these careers may require additional education.

*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.