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Student Profile

  • 774 full- and part-time undergraduates (Fall 2014)
  • Gender:  Women 88%; Men 12%
  • Diversity Groups:
    White, nonhispanic 88.5%
    American Indian or Alaska Native 0.3%
    Black or African American 4.7%
    Hispanic/Latino 2.5%
    Asian 2.7%
    Two or more races 0.4%
    Race Ethnicity Unknown 1%

ACT Scores

The median ACT score for entering students is 21.


Non-Profit, Private, coeducational, Roman Catholic sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives

Financial Aid

In 2009-10 Mercy College awarded an estimated $12,963,816 through scholarships, loans, grants and work-study aid. Over ninety percent of Mercy College students receive some form of financial aid. Our financial aid staff are happy to visit with you to determine if you qualify.

The Mercy College FAFSA school code is 006273.


Mercy College offers both need-based and merit scholarships. In 2009-10 more than $281,657 in scholarships were awarded.

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Mercy College library resources are located both on the main campus and at Mercy Medical Center. Both locations offer electronic discs, information services, books, journals, medical texts, reference materials, DVDs, videotapes and other materials.

  • Four library branches with 14,738 print and video holdings.
  • Current print journal subscriptions – 158
  • Information databases access – 24
  • Journals and newspapers available for full-text access – 9,967
  • Online instructional films -  4,000

Campus and Facilities

The Mercy College of Health Sciences campus is located in Des Moines, just off Interstate 235 in central Iowa. Our campus includes fully equipped classrooms and lecture halls, skills laboratories, student computer laboratories and student lounges, as well as faculty and administrative offices.

Clinical instruction is provided at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and other health care locations in the metropolitan and surrounding areas.


Mercy Hospital opened its formal nursing school in 1899. Mercy College evolved from the Mercy School of Health Sciences – a certificate and diploma institution established in January 1994 as a consolidation of the Mercy Schools of Nursing, Radiology and Emergency Medical Services. Mercy College of Health Sciences was officially formed in July 1995.

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