Mercy College (MC) is a four year private institution that began in 1950. The college offers small classes with an average student/faculty ratio of 17:1. There are over 10,000 students at Mercy College and 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. Dobbs Ferry is Mercy College’s main campus, and branches are located in the Bronx, Manhattan, White Plains, and Yorktown. The Dobbs Ferry campus is only minutes from Manhattan, offering the opportunity for students to visit the theater, museums, and other attractions.
Mercy College offers financial aid for students in need and offers scholarships for academic achievement. There are scholarships for those in graduate nursing programs as well as for undergraduate nursing programs. The Greater New York Association of Nurse Recruiters, Tylenol, National Black Nurses Association, Minority Nurse, and National Hispanic Nurses Association all offer financial aid or scholarships. In addition, The National Student Nurse Association offers aid up to $2,500. There are also scholarships and grants for nurses who enter specific areas of need, such as Respiratory Nursing Scholarships, or Emergency Nurses Association, or Emergency Nurses Association.
Nursing (RN to BS) Bachelor’s Degree
Mercy College has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing for Registered Nurses (RNs) who have an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. The program is for RNs who want to continue their education. Students may attend this program either full-time and complete it in two years, or part-time and complete the program in two to three years. RNs may transfer a good portion of the credits that they earned while studying for their associate’s degree. Each student’s case is handled individually. During the last two years of the BS nursing program, the BS-RN program combines liberal arts and sciences with upper division nursing courses. Some of these courses are physical assessment, cultural diversity, community and global health, leadership, health policy, informatics, and statistics and research.
Nursing Administration Master’s Degree
This master’s degree is designed for RNs with baccalaureate degrees who want to continue their education by pursuing a master degree in nursing administration. Graduate nursing courses include nursing theory, research, financial and human resource management, strategic planning, health policy, and organization performance. Two capstone courses and a 120 hour practicum are also part of this program. After completing all of the program requirements, students qualify to take the certification exam to obtain their nursing administration certificate. They may then work in management level jobs in healthcare settings such as hospitals, medical centers, and others.
Completing this program usually takes two years. Traineeship money is available as well as faculty loan monies. Financial aid may also be obtained through scholarship websites that include Scholarship for Nursing Educators, Senator Patricia McGee Nursing Scholarship, and Nurses’ Educational Funds. This program is available at the Dobbs Ferry Campus and also online.
Nursing Education Master’s Degree
This program prepares RNs who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing to earn their master’s degree in nursing education. The program usually takes two years to complete and includes two capstone courses and a 120 hour practicum. After completing the program, graduates may take the exam leading to certification as a nurse educator. The Mercy College Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses offer this program, and it is also offered entirely online. Scholarships and grants may be available, along with financial aid to help nurses pay for their graduate education expenses.
Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522