Meet Your Major

Designed to meet the growing demand for baccalaureate-prepared nurses, Merrimack is pleased to introduce the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. 

Our program is developed on evidence-based nursing practices and combines theoretical and clinical coursework. Our rigorous curriculum provides a strong foundation of nursing knowledge to help you become a safe, compassionate caregiver and future nurse leader.

What You’ll Learn

Merrimack’s nursing program will prepare you to:

  • Think critically in fast-paced health care environments and provide safe, patient-centered care.
  • Adapt to emerging and rapidly changing health care settings using cutting-edge technology.
  • Promote and provide compassionate inter-professional health care to diverse individuals, families and communities at the local, national and/or global levels.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families and the inter-professional team.
  • Demonstrate emerging leadership qualities in multiple settings.

Hands-on Learning

In collaboration with dedicated faculty members who are passionate about helping others, you’ll leverage state-of-the-art technology to explore all elements of the nursing profession while developing your nursing, communication, interdisciplinary and leadership skills. Your coursework will be complemented by partnerships with local health care organizations, where you’ll gain the hands-on experience you need to deliver safe, personalized and effective care.

Innovative Learning Environment

You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and enhance your skills using innovative technology in Merrimack’s modern labs and Nursing Center due to open spring 2020. Highlights include high fidelity simulation manikins and an Anatomage table, a 3D medical imaging table in the anatomy and physiology classroom used for virtual dissecting. The Anatomage broadcasts digitized images of human bodies, which can be used to view clear images of internal organs and bones.

Hundreds of Clinical and Simulation Hours

Merrimack nursing students will clock more than 750 clinical and simulation hours using cutting-edge technology, including:
  • Simulation integration in all nursing courses
  • Simulation labs
  • Latest simulation manikins
  • Current Lab Equipment
  • iPads in the classroom
  • Individual Student electronic health record
  • Medication Administration Systems 



Career Options

Merrimack’s nursing program is highly focused on hands-on learning opportunities that give you the experience you need to become a safe, compassionate caregiver and leader in today’s growing market for the nursing profession. Nursing graduates can pursue careers in a variety of settings, including hospitals, acute care centers, ambulatory and outpatient clinics, community and public health services, as well as skilled nursing facilities. You will also be eligible to work in specialized fields of nursing, such as neonatal or intensive care, telemetry, labor and delivery, pediatrics or emergency medicine. 

Thinking about graduate studies? This program will prepare you for graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral level to pursue careers such as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator or clinical nurse specialist.

What You’ll Take

As a nursing major, you’ll take a combination of mandatory and elective courses. Major degree requirements include:

  • First-Year Experience: Using Skillful Communication to Master the Art of Nursing
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Intro to Professional Nursing
  • Nursing Fundamentals and Health Assessment
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Pathopharmacology I and II
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Theory and Research
  • Obstetrical and Newborn Nursing 
  • Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Mental Health Practicum
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Role Transition
  • Capstone Preceptorship* 
  • Capstone Synthesis

 *one-on-one with an RN for 208 hours

Merrimack’s nursing program focuses on preparing you to be a highly experienced, well-rounded and compassionate caregiver. Our curriculum has been built to also allow you to custom tailor your education and develop expertise in another complementary field that will take your nursing degree to the next level. You have the opportunity to pursue a minor in fields such as Spanish, bioethics or other fields of interest.   

New Nursing Center

Construction for Merrimack’s new Nursing Center began in spring 2019. It will have two floors of laboratories, classrooms, study space and faculty offices in 20,000 square feet. It will support a variety of health sciences programs for undergraduate and graduate students and is expected to open in spring 2020.


See Live Construction Camera

News: Merrimack Breaks Ground for New Nursing Center

Photo Gallery

View renderings of the new Nursing Center and scenes from our spring groundbreaking ceremony. 

Nursing Application Checklist

Nursing Mission

Built on our Augustinian Catholic tradition, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program carries out the College’s mission by educating and preparing competent nursing graduates to provide evidence-based, safe, quality nursing care in a diverse and dynamic global health care environment. Graduates will be empowered to serve as collaborative leaders who advance health care for individuals and populations and who are dedicated to lifelong learning and driven by a spirit of inquiry.

Merrimack College has been granted Initial Approval status through the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for the operation of its Baccalaureate Degree Registered Nurse Program.