Associate of Science in Nursing

Our Program  Licensure/Certification Rates  How to Apply  Clinical Experience  Faculty  Job Outlook

Nursing Iowa

Now There Are Two Paths to Becoming a Registered Nurse With the Help of Mercy College. Our Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program will prepare you for a nursing career in as little as two years. Beginning fall 2014, you can also consider our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that you can complete 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

Students will be prepared for an entry-level role as a registered nurse practicing with holistic skills and practice competencies ready to provide outstanding nursing care for patients with diverse medical needs in structured settings such as hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities.

Once you complete your ASN program, you’ll be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)®. When you successfully pass the exam, you will be prepared 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 program, you have the opportunity to advance into the online RN to BSN program at Mercy College where you will be able to work as a nurse while completing your bachelor’s degree.

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Licensure and Certification First Time Pass Rates

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Mercy 3-year average

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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 Acadmic Program Application in order to begin the process. Once all requirements have been satisfied, the applicant’s file is considered complete and will be given to the program chair for consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the professional program application process.

The program chair will begin reviewing completed files by the program admission deadline. Admission to this professional program is limited and competitive. Selection is based on the most qualified applicants.

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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 in the ASN program 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. 

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Quick Info

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