School of Nursing

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers multiple pathways to become a nurse or continue your education. You an make a smooth transition to Mercy College with your eligible liberal arts and science coursework. Scholarships and other financial aid options are also available.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • 12-month program of study (year round)
  • Clinical experiences at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and other leading healthcare providers in central Iowa

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) + Drake BSHS Degree

  • 12-month Nursing program (year round)
  • Also complete the four-year Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree at Drake, providing a faster time frame for health sciences students to complete a BSN program while also earning a BSHS degree.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • 3-year program of study (year round)
  • Innovative concept-based approach to learning
  • Clinical experiences at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and other leading healthcare providers in central Iowa
  • Local community-based experiences and immersion trip options include understanding health care with vulnerable populations

Paramedic to BSN

  • Your Paramedic education and experience are valued through a seamless transfer of 10 Paramedic Certificate credits.
  • Iowa's first and only program offering a path to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree specifically designed for Paramedics.

RN to BSN

  • 100% online program provides flexibility
  • Graduates will be ready to assume roles involving leadership, education, research, and community health
  • Immersion trip options with Native Americans in South Dakota and Mayan and Latino populations in Yucatan, Mexico

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

  • Evening Classes & Weekend Clinicals course format
  • Prepare for a nursing career as a part-time student depending on prior college success
  • Clinical experiences at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and other leading healthcare providers in central Iowa