Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Answers About the Mercy Hospital Nursing Program

Where is Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Located?

We're located in the southwest corner of the UPMC Mercy Hospital campus at 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

How Long is Mercy's Nursing Program?

Our program is 16 months of full-time classroom and clinical instruction.

How Much Will the Program Cost?

Use our UPMC Schools of Nursing cost calculator to see how much you can expect to spend on the nursing program at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

Find financial aid at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing or call a Financial Aid Counselor at 412-232-8171.

Where Should I Park?

Our students use the off-site parking lot that Mercy staff uses.

You should apply for a parking spot with the UPMC Mercy Parking Services Office, which does require a monthly fee. We offer free shuttle service between the UPMC Mercy campus and the parking lot on weekdays.

Is the Mercy Hospital Nursing Program Accredited?


All UPMC Schools of Nursing have national accreditation by the ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).

How Do I Apply to Mercy Hospital School of Nursing?

What's Your Transfer Credit Policy?

We recognize that students have received credit from other colleges/universities.

We will accept courses with the equivalent content, and the same number of credits, where the student has earned a grade "C" or better.

We will determine earned credit once you submit a transcript to the Admissions office.

Get details on Mercy Hospital's School of Nursing transfer policy (PDF) or call our Admissions office at 412-232-7950 for more guidance.

What Financial Aid is Available for UPMC Mercy Nursing Students?

What Degree Do I Earn When I Graduate from Mercy's Nursing Program?

Upon graduation from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, you will earn a diploma in nursing. This means you can take the national licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN, and begin working as an RN.

We have also partnered with Carlow University to make it simple for you to earn your BSN after you graduate.

Learn more about the RN-BSN program at Carlow University.

We don't offer an LPN program at Mercy.

What Does Mercy Do to Prepare Me to Pass the NCLEX-RN?

We have an NCLEX review course built into our nursing program at Mercy — NUR 399.

We offer this review course the last semester of the program, just before students take the exam.

Where Are Clinicals? How Many Clinical Hours Are in the Mercy Hospital Nursing Program?

Most clinicals are here at UPMC Mercy. You may have a few outside Mercy at our trusted community partners and hospitals.

Our program has over 800 hands-on nursing clinical hours.

Mercy's Level I Trauma center, burn unit, exceptional Women's center, and other treatment areas offer a wide array of experiences right on the Mercy campus.

What is Mercy Hospital's Nursing Program Schedule Like?

Our program is a combination of classroom instruction and clinical experiences.

The schedule is 5 days per week with 6 to 8 hours of class or clinical training per day.

Where Can I Learn More About Mercy Hospital School of Nursing?

Have other questions or want to schedule a tour of the UPMC Mercy School of Nursing campus?

Call 412-232-7940. We'll be happy to help!

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