Part-Time Weekend Nursing Degree Program

If you hold a bachelor’s degree in another field, our Weekend Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will allow you to earn your nursing degree in a way that fits your life.  

Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing has built a reputation for having one of the best undergraduate nursing programs in PA. GMercyU also offers one of the best weekend nursing programs in the Philadelphia area.

The GMercyU Difference

Why should you pursue your BSN at GMercyU's night nursing school? A BSN degree is the standard for entry-level nursing positions today and is increasingly a prerequisite for work in hospital settings.  Offered on our 314-acre campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa., our Weekend BSN program can be completed in just three years.  Because all face-to-face classes are held on the weekends, you have the option of maintaining your regular work and home schedule during the week. This is an excellent option if you want to become a nurse, but also need to continue working while earning your degree.

Gwynedd Mercy University’s nursing curriculum will help you develop your clinical, leadership, interpersonal and technological skills. With our night nursing program, we offer:

  • A Weekend BSN degree program that can be completed in as few as three years 
  • 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
  • All 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 Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

With GMercyU's Weekend BSN, you can earn your degree with a part-time nursing program made to fit your schedule. You will take courses on Saturdays and Sundays during the day, and on some Friday evenings.  You also will take online summer courses for two summers. In just three years, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and transition to a nursing career with confidence. 

Our evening nursing program isn't your only opportunity! With both full-time and part-time nursing programs in Pa., GMercyU has the perfect program to fit your needs. If you want to earn your BSN degree more quickly and are able to take classes as a full-time student, we also offer a full-time, 16-month Accelerated BSN program on our Gwynedd Valley and Bensalem campuses.

If you are interested in applying to GMercyU's Weekend BSN program, use this application.  

Licensure: This program was designed to meet national licensure requirements.  Carefully review the process of your home state’s licensure requirements for more specific details on applying for a RN license.

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.


You must hold a bachelor’s degree in another field in order to enroll in the Weekend BSN program.  In addition, if any of the required prerequisite science courses were completed more than five years ago, you will need to complete and pass certain courses before beginning your BSN degree.

GMercyU offers online prerequisite courses in the health sciences specifically designed for students like you who want to make the change to a nursing career. These classes are offered online and feature in-home laboratory experiences.  Prerequisite online nursing courses are offered at $350 per credit. You may also complete these courses at another accredited college or university.  To learn more about these courses or to register for an upcoming online course, please contact  All other inquiries about the admissions requirements for the Weekend BSN program should also be directed to or by calling 844-707-9359.

Science courses must have a lab component, which is completed in the classroom or online with a kit. Virtual Labs are not accepted. 

Prerequisite Courses

  • Nutrition (6-week course)
  • Developmental Psychology (5-week course)
  • Statistics (5-week course)
  • Microbiology (8-week course)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (8-week course)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (8-week course)
  • Chemistry for the Allied Health Professions (8-week course)

BSN 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


Credit requirement

A minimum of 65 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 and course descriptions.



The Weekend Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Gwynedd Mercy University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, at 202-887-6791 (

Clinical Placements

Here are some places where GMercyU’s 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

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

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