Nursing (ASN)

Nursing student

There Are Two Paths to Becoming a Registered Nurse With the Help of Mercy College.

Beginning in fall 2016, our Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program will be offered in a part-time, evening and weekend format that can be completed in as few as six semesters. You can also consider our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that can be completed in as little as three years. Both paths will prepare you as a registered nurse to practice in a variety of healthcare settings.

Our ASN Program – Now an Evening/Weekend Format

Students will be prepared for an entry-level role as a registered nurse practicing with holistic skills and practice competencies in structured settings such as hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities.

Our new ASN evening and weekend format is designed for your convenience and flexibility. You can enroll two-nights-a-week in classes and complete Saturday nursing clinical rotations. Under the recommended course sequence, you will complete liberal arts and science courses before starting the nine nursing courses needed for the major. The nursing core curriculum is arranged for study over six semesters of part-time attendance. With evening classes and weekend clinical, you will have time to continue daytime commitments.

  • It is recommended required liberal arts and sciences courses be completed first. All of these courses are offered in the evenings at Mercy College.
  • Evening nursing courses begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday clinical rotations will begin at 7:00 a.m., at our clinical affiliate, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and other central Iowa healthcare organizations.

If becoming a nurse has been your dream, but life has gotten in the way, this evening and weekend format will offer you an opportunity to pursue your nursing career.

Once you complete your ASN major, you’ll be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)®. When you successfully pass the exam, you will be licensed to provide nursing care for a wide range of patients, residents and clients in many different healthcare settings.

This nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Once you successfully complete this major, you have the opportunity to advance into the online RN to BSN major at Mercy College where you will be able to work as a nurse while completing your BSN.

Licensure and Certification First Time Pass Rates

National Percent for ADN Programs (2015)

Mercy 3-year average

Number who passed exam or certification (last 3 years)

Number who took exam or certification (last 3 years)

82%

79%

345

428

How to Apply

College Admission First
The first step in the admissions process is to apply using the Mercy College Application. Early application is encouraged. For a complete list of College application deadlines, click here. Students admitted to the College may enroll in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) courses prior to admission to any academic program.

Program Admission Second
Following College admission, students will receive instructions to complete an Academic Program Application in order to begin the process. Once all requirements have been satisfied, the applicant’s file is considered complete. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the professional program application process.

Admission to this professional program is limited and competitive. Selection is based on the most qualified applicants.

Clinical Experience 

As part of your studies, you’ll receive direct client contact through clinical experiences at Mercy Medical Center and many other leading healthcare organizations in central Iowa, to get hands-on learning throughout your course of study.

Faculty

Faculty in the ASN major are highly motivated and skilled healthcare practitioners comfortable in the latest technology and evidenced-based practices in their specialty area of healthcare and experienced educators ready to help you learn. They average more than 22 years of clinical experience. Our fulltime LAS faculty members are Ph.D.-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.

Job Outlook

Today’s job market for registered nurses is strong, although opportunities may vary by geographical area and setting. As our population grows and ages, the demand for nurses is expected to grow accordingly. You can get more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.