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Mercy College of Health Sciences

Our walkable, eight-acre campus sits on the edge of vibrant downtown Des Moines in Iowa’s capital. Learn about our state-of-the-art Academic Center for Excellence, classrooms and healthcare simulation labs for hands-on learning opportunities, on-campus chapel, first-class medical library, and so much more.

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① Academic Center for Excellence

The Academic Center for Excellence was expanded and renovated in 2018 making up 22,000 square-feet of office, classroom, and laboratory space. Departments located in ACE include:

  • Admissions
  • Allied Health Offices
  • Financial Aid
  • Nursing Simulation Labs
  • Registrar

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② Brennan Hall

Named after Sister Mary Zita Brennan, Brennan Hall is located on the west side of campus and houses many campus amenities including:

  • Brennan Hall Auditorium
  • Brennan Hall Chapel
  • Brennan Hall Courtyard
  • The Recovery Room Micro Market
  • Radiologic Technology Lab

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③ Center for Continuing Education

Located on the garden level of the Academic Center for Excellence, the Center for Continuing Education houses Mercy College’s EMT and EMS programs. The Center also offers a wide-variety of continuing education programs certified through:

  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • University of Miami Health System

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④ College Hill Apartments

Owned and operated by Newbury Living, College Hill Apartments were newly renovated in 2018 with modern applicances and decor. Units include 1-2 bedrooms with both single units and shared units available. College Hill Apartments have 86 total housing units on campus and are not owned and operated by Mercy College. Amenities include:

  • Pet friendly
  • All Utilities Included
  • Full Kitchen*
  • In-Unit Washer and Dryer*

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⑤ Norkaitis Student Success Center

Located in the ACE building, the  Norkaitis Student Success Center provides an array of free student support services such as counseling, disability services, tutoring, and more. Spaces located here include:

  • Academic Advisor Offices
  • Catherine’s Cabinet #1
  • Computer-Based Testing Center
  • Tutoring Center

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⑥ Nursing Simulation Labs

Located in ACE, our nursing simulation labs are designed to provide students with hands-on learning experiences. Students encounter human patient simulators that imitate real-life situations and provides students with opportunities to enhance their skillset in a realistic setting. Some current learning tools include:

  • IV pumps
  • EKG machine
  • Medication carts
  • Defibrillators (CPR manikin with feedback)

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⑦ Sullivan Center


Mercy College’s Sullivan Center was built in 2005 and named in honor of Patricia Clare Sullivan, former School of Nursing Director (1960-64) and Mercy Medical Center CEO (1977-93). The Sullivan Center houses:

  • Anatomy Lab
  • Business Office
  • Catherine’s Cabinet #2
  • Chemistry Lab
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Lab
  • Medical Assisting Lab
  • Mercy College Library
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Lab

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⑧ The Recovery Room

Open 24/7, the strong>Recovery Room is Mercy College’s grab & go micro market. From sandwiches and burritos to espresso and Gatorade, a variety of options are available for students to grab, eat, and recharge. Features include:

  • Self-Checkout Kiosk
  • Pay With Cash, Card, or ID Badge
  • Students Can Suggest New Items

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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master’s degreesbachelor’s degreesassociate degreescertificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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