Gwynedd-Mercy College's Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing offers an associate, bachelor's and master's of science degrees. Freshman experience the "profession" in the hospital environment very early in their educational career at Gwynedd-Mercy College. The School of Nursing also offers a weekend nursing option (Saturdays and Sundays) for those that already hold a BA or BS degree in another field.
The nursing program at Gwynedd-Mercy College is:
Accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
State board approved with full status
On the approved list of Professional Nursing Programs
Recognized for graduates of the ASN having a first time NCLEX pass rate of 88%
The nursing program at Gwynedd-Mercy College is widely known for producing the best nurses in this region, and has been doing so for more than 50 years. In U.S.News & World Report's 2011 edition of "Best Colleges," Gwynedd-Mercy College ranked in the first tier of its category, which is largely attributed to its high graduation and retention rates.
The College's prime location in the Philadelphia metropolitan area offers affiliations with many clinical sites where students have the opportunity to do complete clinical rotations. Beyond the Philadelphia area, sites include affiliations in New Jersey, Delaware and other areas of Pennsylvania including Reading, Allentown and Bethlehem. With more than 200 regional health care affiliations, the clinical experience is always varied and first rate.
SimMan™ and SimBaby™ are used in the nursing skills lab to aid in completing advanced assessment utilizing educational technology.
To participate in the weekend program, students must hold a BA or BS in another field and complete required general education courses prior to starting nursing courses. The nursing courses begin in the fall and are scheduled for four semesters (fall/spring) on Saturdays and Sundays. Students will be required to attend classes and clinicals that are scheduled for 8am to 5pm both days. Prerequisite courses required for entry are: Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (taken within 5 years of starting program), Microbiology with lab (taken within 5 years of starting program), Nutrition, Developmental Psychology, General Psychology and Principles of Sociology. Strong grades in these prerequisite courses are required. At the completion of the program, students will have earned their Associate of Science in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This program is only offered at the Gwynedd Valley Campus.
The Associate of Science in Nursing requires two academic years of full-time study. These two years provide academic and clinical nursing experience. At the completion of the two years, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), and are prepared as beginning practitioners in nursing to give direct care to patients with health problems in supervised settings. This program is only offered at the Gwynedd Valley Campus.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) core is a 43 credit hour, 74-week program designed to expand a student's critical thinking skills while providing the student with a solid foundation in the principles and practices of nursing, and their contemporary applications in the workplace. (A minimum of an associate degree in nursing or equivalent RN diploma is required for admission to the B.S.N. Program.) This program is offered at the Bensalem, Plymouth Meeting, and Philadelphia Campuses.
The same degree and path as our RN to BSN degree, with the ability to earn 6 graduate level credits (2 courses). These 6 graduate level credits count towards the completion of your BSN and may also be applied towards your MSN degree.
The 2 courses are NUR 530 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing and NUR 610 Research Methodology. These 2 courses replace NUR 415 and NUR 412.
Tuition for these 6 BSN/MSN credits is charged at your regular BSN tuition.
Both BSN/MSN courses are taught in a hybrid format.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing emphasizes the important managerial, supervisory and community focused nursing care skills necessary for successful career development and growth, or preparation for graduate studies. Full or part-time study in the day or evening and flexible clinical experiences are available. A nursing faculty member will assist in program planning. This program is only offered at the Gwynedd Valley Campus.
The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares professional nurses for advanced practice and provides a base for doctoral study. The clinical nurse specialist track leads to specialty practice based on relevant theories and research findings. The scope of practice includes expert nursing care of individuals, families and communities. The clinical nurse specialist track offers specialization in adult health with gerontology. Graduates are prepared to deliver direct and indirect advanced practice nursing care through implementation of the sub-roles of the clinical nurse specialist including clinician, educator, manager and researcher. In addition, they are prepared to assume entry-level positions in nursing education or nursing management. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations after accrual of the number of hours of advanced nursing practice specified by the nursing organization offering certification.
The role of a Nurse Educator encompasses the development, implementation and evaluation of curricula in collegiate nursing education programs and clinical environments to ensure society's access to safe, effective and state-of-the art nursing care.
Nurse practitioners are licensed independent practitioners who can conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries such as infections, manage chronic health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, order and interpret lab services and X-rays, prescribe pharmacologic therapy and nonpharmacologic interventions. The Adult Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary care providers to manage the health of individuals from adolescence through old age. The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program prepares advanced practice nurses as primary care providers to manage the health of individuals from the time they're newborns through age 21.
This program is designed for professional nurses who have earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree and seek further education to qualify for state and national certification as a nurse practitioner in adult health with gerontology or pediatric health.