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 a reputation for offering excellent undergraduate nursing program options in PA, including one of the best weekend nursing programs in the Philadelphia area.  

The GMercyU Difference

Why should you pursue your BSN at GMercyU's  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 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 professional registered nurse, but also need to continue working while earning your degree. Pursing a BSN degree involves continued growth as an educated person and citizen of the world, as well as education as a professional nurse infused with Mercy values. 

Gwynedd Mercy University’s nursing curriculum will help you develop your clinical, leadership, interpersonal and technological skills. With our 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  low and high fidelity simulators  and Advanced Video System (AVS) replay for improved confidence and deeper understanding
  • 100+ regional health care affiliations
  • Richer learning experience with our low 8:1 laboratory and 6-8:1 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 Fridays.  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 BSN Weekend nursing program option 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 Bensalem campus.

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.


Curriculum

The BSN Weekend program option is a 67-credit second degree BSN program developed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. 

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. If any of the required prerequisite science courses did not include laboratory sciences or were completed more than seven years ago, you will need to complete and pass these courses before beginning your BSN degree. Virtual Labs for the science courses are not accepted. In addition, the Nutrition course must be taught by a Registered Dietician. We offer online health sciences prerequisites that can help you fill any gaps in your knowledge. 

Prerequisite Courses

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

To learn more about these courses or to register for an upcoming online course, please contact accelerate@gmercyu.edu. All other inquiries about the admissions requirements for the Weekend BSN program should also be directed to accelerate@gmercyu.edu or by calling 844-707-9359.

Required Courses:  67 Credits

NUR 208

Introduction to Professional Nursing (2 credits)

NUR 209

Fundamentals of Nursing Practice  (4 credits)

NUR 212

Health Assessment in Nursing  (3 credits)

NUR 219

Nursing Medication Mathematics (1 credit)

NUR 307

Nursing Care of Adults (6 credits)

NUR 313

Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing (2 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 324

Patho/Pharm Integrated Concepts ( 4 credits)

NUR 413

The Older Adult (3 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  (5 credits)

NUR 423

Global Health & Health Policy (2 credits)

NUR 431

Nursing Research (3 credits)

RS 231

Bioethics (3 credits)

NUR 4001

Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing – Capstone (4 credits

NUR Elective

415: Selective Health Problems of Women and Children
(3 credits)

Credit requirement

A minimum of 67 credits in the major 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. 

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.

 

Accreditation

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 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).


Clinical Placements

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

  • Abington Jefferson Health
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Grand View Hospital
  • Chestnut Hill Hospital
  • Mercy Philadelphia Medical Center
  • Paoli Hospital
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital
  • Trinity Health
  • 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
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Neurological Nurse
  • Nurse Supervisor
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Office Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Primary Ambulatory Care Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Pulmonary Nurse
  • Rehabilitation Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Trauma Nurse
  • Traveling Nurse

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