Adult Degree Completion

Nursing

Whether you're already an RN with an associate degree, an LPN, or have no nursing background, the Mount has a highly respected bachelor's degree program in Nursing that will work for you. Depending on your academic background, you could earn your degree in as little as 2.5 years while you continue to work.

Nursing at the Mount

If you do not have your RN license: Our Adult Accelerated Nursing program is geared toward those students with an LPN, an associate or bachelor’s degree in another discipline, or simply 18-24 credits of prerequisite classes at the community college level.

The Mount produces highly competent nursing graduates who are successful on the nursing boards. Our graduates are employed as staff nurses, research nurses, and nurse midwives. Many go on to complete master’s degrees, or work as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse educators. The Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, the Master's degree in Nursing, and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Mount Saint Mary College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Each year in mid-April, students who have completed the prerequisite courses and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 will be considered for a seat in the Nursing major. The pre-requisite classes are:

ENG 1010: College Writing
BIO 1030: Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 1040: Anatomy & Physicology II
CHM 1080: Nursing Chemistry Fundamentals
PSY 1010: General Psychology
PSY 3050: Developmental Psychology
SOC 1010: Intro to Sociology

Incoming students are also required to complete the TEAS exam at the Mount prior to enrolling.

Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive. For questions about requirements or eligibility, please contact an advisor in the Office of Graduate and Adult Degree Completion Programs.

The accelerated program features six start dates per year. Most courses meet either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45-9:55 pm. Clinicals for Nursing courses are held during the day, and you'll be given your schedule well in advance.

Career Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.

For more information on the occupational outlook for those with a bachelor's degree, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Continue your education at the Mount

Visit our Admissions web page to learn more about the benefits of our adult degree completion program, register for an Info Session, or start your application online today. If you meet the admissions criteria, you will be accepted as an Interdisciplinary major with a concentration in Nursing. You will meet with the nursing advisor who will work with you to create an academic plan that fulfills all pre-requisite requirements for you to be eligible for the selection process held each April. Call the Office of Graduate and Adult Degree Completion Programs at 845-569-3223 or email adultstudentadmissions@msmc.edu for more information.