Associate of Science in Nursing

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Mercy College of Health Sciences' Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) major is offered in a part-time, evening and weekend format that can be completed in as few as six semesters. We also offer a number of nursing tracks to meet your timeline and lifestyle. Each path will prepare you to be a successful registered nurse in a variety of healthcare settings.

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$75,330

Median Wage1

100%

Job Placement Rate within One Year of Graduation (2018 Graduates)

2

Start Dates (Fall & Spring)

6

Semesters to Complete2

9%

Projected Job Growth from 2020 - 20301

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ABOUT OUR NURSING PROGRAM

April 28, 2022 - The Associate Degree nursing program at Mercy College of Health Sciences at Des Moines campus located in Des Moines, Iowa is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA  30326. (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions.  View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at: http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm

Our Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) major's 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 general education 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 a weekend clinical experience, you will have time to continue all of your current daytime commitments.

  • Evening nursing courses begin at 5:30 pm
  • Saturday clinical rotations begin at 7:00 am at our clinical affiliate, MercyOne – Des Moines Medical Center, 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. As part of your studies, you’ll receive direct patient contact through clinical experiences at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and many other leading healthcare organizations in central Iowa.

Once you complete the ASN major, you’ll be eligible to sit 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.

After successfully passing the NCLEX-RN, you'll have the opportunity to advance to the online RN to BSN major through Mercy College PLUS, during which you'll be able to work as a nurse and complete your BSN from the comfort of your own home.

Are you an LPN? Skip the first semester of ASN coursework!

Accreditation

APPROVED BY THE IOWA BOARD OF NURSING (IBON)
The associate degree program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

ACCREDITED BY THE ACCREDITATION COMMISSION FOR EDUCATION IN NURSING (ACEN)
April 28, 2022 - The Associate Degree nursing program at Mercy College of Health Sciences at Des Moines campus located in Des Moines, Iowa is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA  30326. (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at: Program Search
Faculty

Faculty in the ASN major are highly motivated and skilled healthcare practitioners comfortable with the latest technology and evidence-based practices in their specialty areas of healthcare. They average more than 23 years of clinical experience! In addition, our full-time liberal arts and science faculty members are PhD-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matters into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction from experienced educators dedicated to your success.

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Students

The clinical and lab experiences have given me a great introduction to what it’s actually like to be a nurse. Student activities and clubs like Student Senate have rounded out my college experience. Mercy College has shown me all the ways students like me can make a positive impact in the future of our College and our community.

Madison M., BSN Candidate, 2022

STEP ONE: COLLEGE ADMISSION 
To be considered for admission to the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) major, you must first be admitted to Mercy College of Health Sciences. Learn more about admission to Mercy College. Complete our FREE online Mercy College application. Early application is encouraged. Once admitted to Mercy College of Health Sciences, you may enroll in Core requirements prior to your admission to any academic major. If you are transferring credits, please visit our transfer page to learn more.

STEP TWO: PROGRAM ADMISSION

To be considered for admission to the ASN major, you must meet the criteria below. 

  • Earn a grade of "C" or higher (not C-) and an extracted GPA of 2.7 in the following courses: 
    • General Chemistry (with lab)
    • College-level English Composition I (or two semesters of high school English)
    • General Psychology
    • College Math
    • College-level Human Anatomy (with lab)1
  • Earn a minimum Accuplacer2 exam score of 221
    • Students who score between  221 - 249 may be required to complete tutoring support sessions
    • Students who score 220 or below in reading, writing, and math will be required to remediate and retest until they achieve the minimum score
  • Non-Mercy College LPN students who wish to enroll in ASN coursework will be required to take an NCLEX-PN Predictor Exam to determine program placement

1The Human Anatomy (with lab) or equivalent course must be taken within five years of admission to Mercy College of Health Sciences to be considered transferable.
2Students are asked to purchase their initial Accuplacer exams, but may retest at Mercy College without any additional fee. Students unable to purchase the exam on their own may request financial assistance through the Student Success Center at studentsuccess@mchs.edu.

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The following courses are required to earn your Associate of Science in Nursing. A sample course sequence is provided. Students must also satisfy Core requirements.

Semester 1 (Fall or Spring)
NSG 101 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Concepts (5 cr)
NSG 102 - Professional Nursing Skills I (1 cr)
 
Semester 2
NSG 131 - Nursing Health Promotion Across the Life Span (5 cr)
NSG 132 - Professional Nursing Skills II (3 cr)
 
Semester 3
NSG 160 - Nursing Care of Patients Across the Life Span I (6 cr)
 
Semester 4
NSG 200 - Nursing Care of Patients Across the Life Span II (6 cr)
NSG 280 - Caring in a Diverse Healthcare Environment (3 cr)
SLP 999 - Service Learning Project (0 cr)
 
Semester 5
NSG 230 - Nursing Care of Patients Across the Life Span III (6 cr)
 
Semester 6
NSG 231 - Role Transition to Professional Practice (6 cr)
 
Total Required Major Credits for Associate Degree: 39
 

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The Associate of Science in Nursing major offers start dates in the fall and spring. View our full academic calendar for exact semester start dates. Pre-requisites and Core requirements may be completed at Mercy College of Health Sciences year-round. 

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Outcomes

Annual Licensure Exam Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers Job Placement Rate within One Year of Graduation Program Completion Rates Within 150% of the Expected Timeframe
71.69% 100% N=22 61.7%

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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses.

2Completion time varies depending on each students unique situation. 

†Licensure exam pass rate is defined as students who passed the licensure exam on their first attempt during calendar year 2019.
Job placement is based on 2018 graduates.
Program completion rate represents the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

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