The only program the Mercy Hospital College of Nursing offers is the LPN to RN Associate of Science program, as of 2015, according to the hospital's website. Mercy Hospital also has a School of Practical Nursing, which offers students an opportunity to become licensed practical nurses, or LPNs.
Students enrolled in the LPN to RN Associate of Science program at Mercy Hospital must first ensure that all of their general education requirements are satisfied. Afterward, the program enables them to fulfill all of the clinical and preparation requirements necessary to become registered nurses within the span of about one year. Once they are RNs, they are able to obtain employment in a wide range of settings, such as in hospitals, doctor's offices, community clinics and the military. Compared to LPNs, RNs tend to earn higher salaries and have more professional and educational flexibility. Also unlike LPNs, RNs do not need to have other nurses supervise them while they work.
The licensed practical nurse program at Mercy Hospital also allows students to complete their clinical and preparation requirements within about one year. One reason some students prefer to pursue LPN rather than RN credentials is that LPN programs involve taking fewer classes. Both LPNs and RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination before becoming licensed to work in the nursing field.