Meet Your Major

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

Developed on evidence-based nursing practices, in combination with theoretical and clinical coursework, the program’s rigorous curriculum is designed to help you develop a strong foundation of nursing knowledge and to become a safe, compassionate caregiver and future nurse leader.

Nursing student examining SIMman.

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 anatomy and physiology while developing your communication, teamwork 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. Highlights include: 

  • SimMan: An emergency patient simulator that displays neurological and physiological symptoms to help you develop health care treatment, time management, decision making and communication skills.
  • Anatomage Table: A 3D medical imaging table in the anatomy and physiology classroom that’s 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.
  • 3D Virtual Reality Anatomy Atlas: An immersive experience into the human body in 3D space, which enables you to examine, dissect and replace structures from all angles and perspectives. The handsets can be used to mimic human motion with animations of joints and bones. 
  • BodyViz: Software composed of MRI and CT data projected through 3D technology, enabling you to explore human anatomy and body systems and perform virtual dissections that enhance cadaver laboratory experiences.

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:

  • Intro to Professional Nursing
  • Nursing Fundamentals and Health Assessment
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Pathopharmacology I and II
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Nursing Theory and Research
  • Obstetrical and Newborn Nursing 
  • Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Mental Health Practicum
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Role Transition
  • Capstone Preceptorship (one-on-one with an RN for 208 hours)
  • Capstone Synthesis

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 an 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, public health, nutrition or other field of interest.  

Nursing Application Checklist

Admission decisions for nursing applicants will begin in February 2019.  

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 was granted Prerequisite Approval status through the Massachusetts State Board of Nursing for the operation of its proposed Baccalaureate Degree Registered Nurse Program. Initial approval status is a prerequisite to the admission of students and is anticipated in late 2018. Admission into the program is contingent upon necessary approval.