Nursing Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to prepare a graduate capable of practicing professional nursing, at a beginning level, with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings. The Tanner's clinical judgment model serves as a framework for the development of clinical reasoning skills. A conceptual model is utilized, emphasizing health teaching and health promotion, with QSEN serving as the framework. View our course descriptions guide.

The Mercy Hospital School of Nursing admits a class annually each fall. A 16-month, full-time day and 36-month, part-time day option are available. As part fof the overall curriculum plan, students also take support courses, which are taught by Carlow University approved faculty.


Full-Time Program​ ​ ​ ​
​ ​Semester 1 (Fall Term) Credits​ ​ Semester 2 (Spring Term) Credits​
NUR111 Professional Nursing & Health Concepts 4​ NUR211 Health Promotion Concepts​ 4​
NUR112 Basic Health Concepts​ 5​ NUR212 Family Health Concepts​ 4​
NUR113 Health Assessment Concepts​ 1​ NUR215 Pharmacology in Nursing I​ 2​
Anatomy & Physiology I​ 4​ Anatomy & Physiology II​ 4​
College Writing & Research​ 3​ Lifespan Development​ 3​
Total Credits​ ​17 Total Credits​ ​17
Semester 3 (Summer Term)​ ​Semester 4 (Fall Term)
NUR311 Adult Health Concepts​ ​6 NUR380 Complex Health Concepts​ ​7
NUR312 Mental Health Concepts​ ​5 ​NUR382 Professional Nursing & Health Concepts ​5
NUR315 Pharmacology in Nursing II​ ​2 ​NUR399 NCLEX Preparation ​2
​Microbiology ​4 ​Biomedical Ethics ​3
Total Credits​ ​17 ​Total Credits ​17
Part-Time Program​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Semester 1 (Fall Term)​ Credits​ ​Semester 2 (Spring Term) ​Credits Semester 3
(Summer Term)
Anatomy & Physiology I​ ​4 ​Anatomy & Physiology II 4​ Microbiology ​4
​College Writing & Research ​3 ​Lifespan Development ​3 ​Biomedical Ethics ​3
Total Credits​ 7​ ​Total Credits 7​ ​Total Credits 7​
Semester 4 (Fall Term)​ ​Credits ​Semester 5 (Spring Term) ​Credits ​Semester 6 (Summer Term) ​Credits

​NUR111 Professional Nursing & Health Concepts

4​ NUR211 Health Promotion Concepts ​4 NUR215 ​Pharmacology in Nursing I ​2
NUR112 Basic Concepts​ ​5 ​NUR212 Family Health Concepts ​4 ​NUR312 Mental Health Concepts ​5
Total Credits​ ​9 Total Credits​ ​8 ​Total Credits ​7
Semester 7 (Fall Term)​ Credits​ ​Semester 8
(Spring Term)
Credits​ ​Semester 9
(Summer Term)
NUR311 Adult Health Concepts​ 6​ ​NUR380 Complex Health Concepts ​7 ​NUR382 Professional Nursing & Health System Concepts ​5
​NUR315 Pharmacology in Nursing II ​2 -------------------------​ ​NUR399 NCLEX


Total Credits​ ​8 ​Total Credits ​7 ​Total Credits ​7
**Per the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education, a credit hour is a unit of measure, not necessarily an indicator of transferability of credit.  The receiving institution decides whether to accept credits for transfer.


Support Courses

As part of the overall curriculum plan, students take the following support courses. These courses are transferable from an accredited college or university if the course was has been completed in the past 5 years, the total course credits match exactly, and the student's final grade was a C or better


BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I

In this course the students examine the anatomy and physiology of the support and control systems of the human body: skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine. The relationship between structure and function and the concept of homeostasis are emphasized. Attention is given to clinical correlation and application of basic anatomical and physiological facts.
Theory hours: 45
Laboratory hours: 30
Credits: 4

BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II

In this course the students examine systems concerned with maintenance: cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. The relationship between structure and function and the concept of homeostasis are emphasized. Attention is given to clinical correlation and application of basic anatomical and physiological facts.
Theory hours: 45
Laboratory hours: 30
Credits: 4

PY 122 Lifespan Development

An examination of the patterns of growth, change, and stability in behavior that occur across the human lifespan. Starting with conception, the course explores the biological, psychosocial, and cognitive theories that help us observe and explain human behavior from life’s beginnings through the end of life.
Theory hours: 45
Credits: 3

CC 100 College Writing and Research

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of college writing and research. The student will write from eight to twelve expository documents (or revisions) using the traditional techniques of effective written communication. Some of the expository documents will involve college-level research. The following expository elements will be stressed: logical thought, careful analysis of ideas, concise expression of thesis, reasoned organization, coherent paragraph development, and the fundamental mechanics of English diction and style. In addition, the following research elements will be stressed: identifying research topics, identifying credible sources, gathering and recording information, integrating research into a cohesive argument, and using correct citation style. The student will be encouraged to use a word processing program to write, edit, and revise her essays as well as the access to the Internet as a source of information. In addition, the student will be introduced to the library and its resources through introductory sessions with the Library staff along with the series of class research tasks where she learns to locate helpful information.
Theory hours: 45
Credits: 3

BIO 227 Microbiology

A course designed to provide nursing students with an introduction to the biology of micro-organisms, particularly the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses that are agents of human disease. Emphasis is on the biological bases for clinical activities in disinfecting and sanitation, infection control and prevention, and antimicrobial chemotherapies. Host defenses, the immune response, and immunotherapies are examined. Includes practical experience in bacteriological and immunological lab techniques.
Theory hours: 45
Laboratory hours: 30
Credits; 4

PH 210 Biomedical Ethics

Study of the perplexing ethical problems of life science, biomedical research, and health care policy.
Theory hours: 45
Credits: 3


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