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Nursing School at GMercyU

The Philadelphia Area's Leading College in Nursing Education

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 colleges 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 (*

Nursing and Health Profession Programs Designed to Meet Today’s Growing Needs

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, skills, and credentials at a top nursing college 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.

Nursing Majors & Degrees (Undergraduate)

As one of the top nursing colleges in Philadelphia, we offer several options for becoming the nurse you're meant to be. 

Health Profession Majors & Degrees (Undergraduate)

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.

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.

Some programs offered by the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions may 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.

Graduate Nursing Programs

Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
This program teaches you the advanced clinical skills you need to diagnose patients, provide treatments, and prescribe medications as a primary care provider. 

Online Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Building on your professional nursing experience, this program helps you develop the 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 MSN-FNP program puts your skills to work in the realm of primary care, meaning you will provide healthcare for entire families. 

Online Master of Science in Nursing - Pediatric 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-Master’s Nurse Practitioner Certificate
If you hold a master’s degree in nursing (MSN), this 25-credit certificate program offered on our Main Campus will equip you for the responsibilities of primary care.  

Online Doctor of Nursing Practice
Designed to extend your skills as a nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, or certified nurse midwife, this program will prepare you for advanced practice nursing at the doctoral level.

Graduate Health Professions Programs

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.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

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.

SIM Family

Simulation mannequins let you practice techniques before performing them on real patients in clinical settings. GMercyU’s SIM family includes:

  • SimNewB®, an interactive simulator, designed by Laerdal with the American Academy of Pediatrics to meet the training requirements of neonatal emergency medicine and resuscitation courses. With realistic newborn traits and lifelike clinical feedback, SimNewB is ideal for training for the specific needs of neonates. Utilizing SimNewB for multidisciplinary simulation-based training allows Gwynedd Mercy University students to improve communication, refine critical thinking skills, and ultimately help improve neonatal patient outcomes.
  • SimBaby™ is the advanced infant patient simulator for team training. With realistic anatomy and clinical functionality, SimBaby allows learners to practice and perfect their skills in a risk-free environment.
  • SimJunior® is an interactive pediatric simulator, designed by Laerdal with the American Academy of Pediatrics to meet the education and training needs of health care providers.
  • SimMan® is a realistic, full-body adult, wireless patient simulator that offers comprehensive clinical functionality to teach the core skills of airway, breathing, cardiac and circulation management.

Advanced Video System

The AVS gives you real-time feedback on your care techniques.

  • The AVS captures the dynamics of your simulation experience by providing a debrief file including audio and video streams that are embedded with the synchronized data log and patient monitor
  • Allows you to accurately replay scenarios and understand what actually occurred, as opposed to what you think occurred

VERT System

The Virtual Environment of a Radiotherapy Treatment room is a state-of-the-art teaching tool for GMercyU's Radiation Therapy Program. 

  • Offers a safe, simulated radiotherapy treatment room for learning
  • Displays 3D views and life-size visualizations
  • Allows students to look “inside” the patient and to practice, explore, and investigate treatments before entering a real-world clinical experience

Anatomage Table

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.

  • The most advanced combination of hardware and software for virtual dissection, it features ultra-high quality (UHQ) visualization for students to view photorealistic anatomical structures.
  • It features both male and female life-size gross anatomy. Its digital library also offers more than 1,300 clinical cases and veterinary cases — full-body cat, dog, and mouse cadavers and 150+ other species and breeds.
  • The table offers a high quality lab experience without the use of cadavers or chemicals.
  • The Anatomage Table is FDA-cleared for use in assisting medical diagnosis. It can be utilized as a powerful radiology workstation and as a valuable tool for surgical case review, patient consultation, and medical research.

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First-Rate Clinical Experiences

  • 8 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio on clinical experiences
  • More than 200 regional health care affiliations with well-known facilities, such as:
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
    • Doylestown Hospital
    • Abington Memorial Hospital
    • Gwynedd Mercy University Adult Health Center


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