DES MOINES, Iowa, December 11, 2020 — The Nursing School Almanac has ranked Mercy College of Health Sciences in the top 100 best nursing schools in the Great Plains in 2020. The region includes institutions from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The Nursing School Almanac evaluated each nursing school based on three aspects:

  • The institution’s academic prestige and perceived value
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination

Data was collected on more than 3,000 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States. With only 20% of schools making the final list, Mercy College came in at number 66.

“We have a very distinguished nursing program with a rich history here at Mercy College,” stated Dr. Deb Willyard, Dean of Nursing. “Our nursing faculty have worked the front lines and have the first-hand experience necessary to guide our curriculum and assist our students.”

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers both an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The ASN is offered in a part-time format on evenings and weekends to cater to working professionals. The BSN offers four distinct pathways:

  1. A Three-Year BSN for traditional students
  2. An Accelerated BSN (12-months) for students with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree
  3. An RN-to-BSN program offered 100% online
  4. A Paramedic-to-BSN program, the first and only of its kind in Iowa

Mercy College is enrolling now for spring. Learn more about Mercy College’s nursing programs.

About Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mercy College of Health Sciences is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Located in downtown Des Moines, Mercy College prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community with a wide range of bachelor, associate, and certificate programs. Mercy College’s liberal arts and sciences education develops compassionate caregivers and leaders. Visit or call (515) 643-3180 to learn more.

Learn more about our nursing programs