Mercy Hospital School of Nursing

1401 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-5166

School Details

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing is a two-year private school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The hospital-based diploma school of nursing is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The Mercy Hospital of was established in 1847 by the Sisters of Mercy and merged with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2008 to become the newest member of the UPMC family.

Today, MHSN is sponsored by UPMC Mercy and remains the only faith-based health care provider in the city of Pittsburgh. The Catholic hospital operates according to the directives established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees. The Mercy Hospital School of Nursing (MHSN) is an 84-week program which is organized into two academic calendar years. Each year of the program consists of two sixteen week semesters and one ten week semester. The nursing program reflects the Judeo-Christian values of UPMC Mercy: to value and respect every human life, possess a deep commitment to caring, display integrity, and demonstrate courage in facing the challenges of an ever-changing health care system. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing has 68 students (all undergraduates) and 13 faculty members, giving the university a 50:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 12 teach full-time and one teaches part-time. All students at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing study full-time.

The student body contains 87 percent female students and 13 percent male students. About 94 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black (2%), American Indian (2%), and Hispanic (2%). About 54 percent of students are ages 24 and younger with 46 percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 50 percent of students are from Pennsylvania, 45 percent are from out-of-state, and five percent are from a foreign country.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 30 percent and overall graduation rate is 96 percent. The overall graduation rate by gender is 100 percent for males and 95 percent for females.

Students have access to services such as: academic counseling, career counseling, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare.  Additional services provided include UPMC Mercy OccuNet (health services for students). Student life includes religious services, student nursing organizations, and student employment.

Tuition costs $16,500 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,600 per year. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 80 percent of those attending Mercy Hospital School of Nursing receive financial aid.

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing receives about 122 applications per year and accepts about 86 percent of those students. Statistically, 94 percent of men and 85 percent of women who apply will be accepted. The Mercy Hospital School of Nursing admits one class each August. Applicants must be legally able to attend school in the United States. Since enrollment is limited, early application is recommended. Candidates are selected after review of application, school transcripts, standardized exam scores, and letters of recommendation. Meeting criteria does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program.

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing is accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Committee.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic Church

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
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