In 1899, the Sisters of Mercy laid the foundation for Mercy College of Health Sciences when they established the Mercy Hospital Training School to meet the growing demands for professionally trained nurses. Populations and needs have changed over the years, as have the modes of healthcare delivery. Between a global pandemic, rising mental health needs, and other environmental, biological, and social factors, the need for qualified, experienced, excellent healthcare professionals has only grown.
In response, Mercy College has continued to develop new programs and curriculum, expand our clinical outreach and healthcare partners, and cultivate a thriving educational environment for students, faculty, and staff both online and on-campus. From our initial graduating class of just seven nursing students in 1901, we have grown exponentially to provide for the present and future needs of the healthcare industry. Today, the College offers one master’s, four bachelor’s, and six associate degrees, as well as three certificate programs and numerous continuing education opportunities to thousands of Iowans each year. In recognition of the diverse needs of both our students and clinical partners, we launched Mercy College PLUS, an online extension of Mercy College, to provide affordable, flexible, and in-demand online healthcare education. Heeding the demands of our graduates and healthcare affiliates, we established our first graduate program, the Master of Science in Nursing in Organizational and Systems Leadership, to prepare our graduates to advance their nursing degrees and take on leadership and management roles in a variety of healthcare specializations.
Our rich history of inventive, innovative, and inspiring education allows you to pursue your career of choice with experienced, skilled faculty members dedicated to delivering a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses the latest technology and evidence-based practices in their areas of specialty.
As a Mercy College student, you will receive the latest and best in healthcare education. Through your classes, you’ll learn to administer care and make a difference in the lives of patients now. As a Mercy College alum, you’ll have opportunities to embark on healthcare careers across the nation and around the world. Your Mercy College education will set you apart from others in your field, making you a highly sought-after leader in the delivery of quality healthcare.
I thank you for visiting our website. I hope you entrust your education to Mercy College so we can entrust our future to you!
See you soon,
Adreain Henry, OD, EdD, MBA, MA
Mercy College President