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For more than 60 years, The Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions at Gwynedd Mercy University has been a leader and innovator in nursing and health care education. As one of the best nursing schools in Pa., GMercyU is known for helping students advance their careers, improve health care delivery, and achieve better patient outcomes.
Today’s growing need for highly skilled, knowledgeable nurses and other health care professionals makes this an ideal time to take advantage of GMercyU’s experienced faculty, first-rate curriculum, and excellent clinical experiences.
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 (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, at 202-887-6791 (www.ccneaccreditation.org).*
Our accredited nursing and health profession programs are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level and provide the innovative instruction you’ll need to build your knowledge, values, skills, and credentials at a top nursing school in the Philadelphia area. Depending on the program you choose, you can earn your degree on our Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. or on our satellite campus in Bensalem, Pa. Some programs also are offered in an accelerated and/or online format.
As one of the top nursing schools in Philadelphia, we offer several options for becoming the nurse you're meant to be.
Hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and want to change careers? Earn your BSN from a renowned school of nursing in suburbs of Philadelphia. Complete this accelerated program in 16 months by enrolling full time at our Bensalem, Pa. campus. Certain prerequisites are required.
The Mission of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions of Gwynedd Mercy University is to present educational programs that will prepare health professionals at the Baccalaureate, Master and Doctoral Degree levels. As a school founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, it carries responsibility for the education of health professionals within a learning community rooted in Gospel values. This education is grounded in the liberal arts, as it seeks to prepare citizens of the world as well as health professionals. Individuals educated through the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions are prepared to offer direct and/or indirect patient care to diverse groups of people in varying states of health in a variety of settings. These graduates are prepared to effect positive changes in the health status of those for whom they care with respect for the physical, emotional, socioeconomic, cultural and spiritual dimensions of each individual.
GMercyU’s health profession degrees and health certificates prepare you to work in clinical health care professions outside the core fields of dentistry, medicine, and nursing. Each of the programs listed below is offered on our Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. where you can enjoy a full college experience, complete with residence halls, campus clubs, and organizations, and 19 NCAA Division III athletic programs, among many other campus programs and opportunities.
See below for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Learning Outcomes.
Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Science
This pre-OT degree program will prepare you to pursue your Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and become an Occupational Therapist.
Associate Degree in Respiratory Care
This degree will prepare you to work with respiratory care patients of all ages.
Bachelor of Health Science in Respiratory Care
This degree will prepare you to diagnose and competently treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders.
Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy
This four-year program will prepare you to work directly with patients, radiation oncologists, and radiation physicists to treat cancer.
Bachelor of Health Science in Radiation Therapy
This 20-month program is for radiographers who have graduated from a Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) program and are registered or registry-eligible radiographers.
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
This program offers exciting opportunities to turn your love of science into a chance to make a difference in people’s lives through scientific problem-solving in a clinical lab.
Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology Program
This program prepares you for entry-level positions an X-Ray Technologist.
Programs offered by the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance, specific immunizations, and other health-related clearances to participate in experiential learning required as part of your undergraduate curriculum. In addition, some careers require a criminal background check and/or certain immunizations as a condition of employment. See the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.
Online Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Building on your professional nursing experience, this track helps you develop the advanced clinical skills needed to provide primary care or specialized care to adult patients, from the teen years to the older adult.
Online Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
This track helps you develop advanced clinical skills to work in the realm of primary care, meaning you will provide healthcare across the lifespan.
Online Master of Science in Nursing - Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Pracitioner
With this program, you can become a PNP — an advanced practice registered nurse who can provide primary care to children, from birth through adolescence to age 21.
Online Post-Graduate APRN Certificates
If you hold a master’s degree in nursing (MSN), this 25-credit certificate program offered online will equip you for the responsibilities of primary care.
Online Doctor of Nursing Practice
Designed to extend your skills as an advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, or certified nurse midwife). This program will prepare nurses at the highest level of professional nursing practice. The program focuses on leadership and health care, evidenced-based practice decisions and advanced specialty practice nursing.
Upon completion of the MSN Program, the graduate:
Upon completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program the DNP graduate will be able to:
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
This accredited program prepares students to be educated as a generalist with a broad exposure to the delivery models and systems used in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a service.
As a leading school of nursing in Pa., GMercyU offers fully equipped laboratories and other equipment that are paired with patient simulators to help you build your nursing or health profession skills and confidence.
Low and high fidelity patient simulators let you practice techniques before performing them on real patients in clinical settings. GMercyU’s SIM family includes:
The AVS gives you real-time feedback on your care techniques.
The Virtual Environment of a Radiotherapy Treatment room is a state-of-the-art teaching tool for GMercyU's Radiation Therapy Program.
For GMercyU's Medical Laboratory Science, Occupational Therapy, Radiation Therapy, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, and Biology programs, this life-size dissection table provides an interactive life-size look at the human body.