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A pathway to GMercyU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing and other programs

Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing & Health Professions has been a leader in nursing and healthcare education for more than 60 years. With expert faculty, more than 200 regional healthcare affiliations, and state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with patient simulators and real-time video capture, you will learn to address the complex patient and family needs of the 21st century.

About the Program

First-Year Students

Nursing applicants who choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores but meet other admissions requirements will be admitted to GMercyU’s Health Studies program. During your first year, you will work with a professional advisor to prepare to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam. If you achieve the required score on the TEAS exam and earn A’s and B’s in your science and math courses, you will be granted entry to the Nursing program.

Transfer Students

Nursing applicants who have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 and A’s and B’s in math and science courses, but do not submit a TEAS Score may be admitted to the University as a Health Studies student. You will work with an advisor and will need to earn a TEAS Score of Proficient by the end of your first semester in order to be admitted to the Nursing program.

Learn more about the requirements for direct entry to the nursing program here.


Meet Your TEAS Advisor

Suzanne Hamilton
Suzanne Hamilton, MsEd
Student Success Center

215-646-7300 x21323 

"Health Studies students have the unique opportunity to take the TEAS test twice while enrolled at Gwynedd Mercy University. To best support students during this process, we lead a TEAS Preparatory Workshop Series, as well as a TEAS Rebound Program. The TEAS Preparatory Workshop Series prepares students to take the test the first time, while the TEAS Rebound Program is catered to students who take the test for a second time. Through these programs, as well as holistic advising, our goal is to have you become the best student you can be to achieve your goals!"

Meet the Next Great Need

Health Studies can lead to our BSN degree or any of our undergraduate health or helping professions programs. Now more than ever, there is a tremendous demand for compassionate care professionals of all kinds! Explore these exciting majors: 

Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory scientists identify sources of disease and determine the validity of data that allows physicians to make a diagnosis or determine the effectiveness of treatment. This is a job with no direct patient interaction, well suited for those who would prefer to work in labs.

Occupational Science/Therapy
Occupational therapists work to improve a patient’s ability to complete everyday tasks and abilities. They can radically improve the quality of life of those with developmental delays and physical or psychological disabilities.

Public Health
Anything that impacts the health of communities — from the opioid crisis to obesity to climate change — is public health. By promoting wellness, your goal would be to promote ways to keep people healthy rather than treating them once they are ill.

With a BA or BS Psychology degree, you can dive immediately into full-time work after graduation, pursuing one of many careers that put your empathy and expertise to use. Or, earn your master's degree and license to become a licensed therapist or counselor. (Career mentorship is a key component of this program; our faculty will help plan the best path for you.)

Radiation Therapy
Radiation Therapists collaborate with teams of specialists to expertly locate and neutralize cancer using equipment on the cutting edge of medical radiation technology.

Radiologic Technology
Radiologic technologists, also called x-ray technologists, help physicians diagnose patient diseases and conditions by performing x-rays, computed tomography (CT), MRI, mammography and other diagnostic medical imaging procedures.

Respiratory Care
Respiratory therapists evaluate, diagnose, and treat heart and lung issues, including chronic diseases and emergencies. Currently, there is a tremendous need for respiratory therapists.

Social Work
Make a difference as a social worker, supporting individuals and communities in urban, suburban, and rural areas. You’ll learn to address economic and social justice concerns, from homelessness to community violence, substance abuse, organizational diversity, and child welfare.


New Healthcare Innovation Campus Opening in 2024

Frances M. Maguire Healthcare Innovation Center

To meet the next great needs in healthcare, Gwynedd Mercy University will open the new Frances M. Maguire Healthcare Innovation Center in 2024.

The 65,000 square foot building will be the largest academic building on campus, featuring flexible, state-of-the-market classroom spaces, study spaces for students, and immersive simulation and skills labs where students can practice clinical skills and address complex patient scenarios.

The building will also host multiple spaces for inter-professional collaboration among programs. Nursing students will be able to collaborate with Public Health, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Care, Radiation Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Psychology and other students to provide optimized patient care, a best practice in healthcare.

Learn more here.