As one of the most established undergraduate nursing programs in Philadelphia, Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions has built a reputation for innovation and leadership in nursing that spans more than 60 years. GMercyU has a long history of preparing excellent nurses who not only have outstanding clinical skills, but are known for providing compassionate care that focuses on the whole patient.
The GMercyU Difference
As one of the top nursing schools in Philadelphia, 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 clinical student-faculty ratios
89.7% first-time pass rate on the National Certification Licensing Examination (RN-NCLEX) in 2018*
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
Study abroad in Ireland at the University of Limerick. Learn more about this opportunity on our study abroad page!
Licensure: This program was designed to meet the licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you reside in a different state, you should carefully review your home state’s licensure requirements to ensure this program meets those requirements.
Options for Transfer Students
Three-Year Program: Through a special degree completion program, transfer students with 24 to 35 (or more) 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.
BSN Degree - Start Here!
Offered on our 314-acre campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa., our undergraduate 4 year BSN degree bachelor's degree provides you with the quality education and clinical experience you need to succeed, along with all the benefits of a traditional undergraduate college experience, including rich campus life and 19 NCAA Division III athletic programs.
As a 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 knowledge and clinical skills needed to become a leader in the nursing profession, which is why we are ranked as one of the top nursing schools in Philadelphia.
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
Introduction to Professional Nursing (1 credit)
Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (4 credits)
Health Assessment in Nursing (3 credits)
Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (2 credits)
Nursing Care of Adults (6 credits)
Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing (2 credits)
Pharmacology (2 credits)
Pathophysiology (3 credits)
Nursing Care of Clients w/Alterations in Behavioral Health (4 credits)
Nursing Care of Women, Children & Families (5 Credits)
Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Health Care Problems (5 credits)
The Older Adult (2 credits)
Genomics in Nursing (3 credits)
Synthesis of Learning for Nursing Practice (6 credits)
Health and Illness in the Community (6 credits)
Global Health & Health Policy (2 credits)
Nursing Research (3 credits
Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing – Capstone
Nutrition - 3 credits
Principles of Nutrition (3 credits)
A minimum of 132 credits is required for the bachelor of science in nursing degree.
This program requires a criminal background check, child abuse clearance, certain immunizations, and other health-related clearances in order to participate in clinical experiences. See the undergraduate catalog for more information.
Here are some places where GMercyU’s undergraduate nursing students have completed their clinicals:
Abington Memorial Hospital
Grand View Hospital
Chestnut Hill Hospital
Mercy Philadelphia Medical Center
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Holy Redeemer Hospital
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Mercy Suburban Hospital
Montgomery County Emergency Services
Artman Lutheran Home
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Mercy Medical Center
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
In addition to the University’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs as well as the post-graduate APRN certificate program in Gwynedd Mercy University's Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
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
• 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.