Mercy College of Health Sciences

928 Sixth Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-1239

School Details

Mercy College of Health Sciences is a four-year private school located in Des Moines, Iowa. Mercy is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives. Mercy College of Health Sciences was formed in July 1995 and originates from the Mercy Hospital Training School, which was established in 1899. The school’s campus includes fully equipped classrooms and lecture halls, skills laboratories, student computer laboratories and student lounges, as well as faculty and administrative offices.

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. Academic programs within the Bachelor of Science Programs and Certificate and Associate of Science Programs include:

  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Science (Pre-Med)
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing (ASN)
  • [RN to BSN] Nursing
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Polysomnographic (Sleep) Technology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology

Short-term certificate programs offered include: Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Billing and coding, Nursing Assistant, and Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.

Mercy College of Health Sciences has 833 students (all undergraduates) and 123 faculty members, giving the university a 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 55 teach full-time and 68 teach part-time. About 52 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 10 percent study part-time. Most graduate students (74%) study full-time and 48 percent study part-time.

The student body contains 87 percent female students and 13 percent male students. About 84 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black (9%), Hispanic (4%), and Asian (3%). About 54 percent of students are ages 24 and under with 46 percent of students being ages 25 and above. About 99 percent of students are from Iowa and one percent are from out-of-state.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 50 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 100 percent. The overall graduation rate is 50 percent and the overall graduation rate by gender is 100 percent for males and 46 percent for females.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, and employment services for students. Special learning opportunities include distance education.

Many students join one of the two academic organizations: nursing and allied health. Some Mercy College academic programs send student representatives to state and national conventions for their field of study.

Tuition costs $14,460 per year and books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,400 per year. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form (use school code 006273) and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 94% of those attending Mercy College of Health Sciences receive financial aid. In 2009-10 Mercy College awarded an estimated $12,963,816 through scholarships, loans, grants and work-study aid.

Mercy College of Health Sciences receives about 111 applications per year and accepts about 84 percent of those students. Statistically, 71 percent of men and 85 percent of women who apply will be accepted. An applicant may be admitted to the college as a high school graduate, transfer student, high school completion, or home school student.

Admission into Mercy College is a two-step process: the first step is College admission and the second step is program admission. First-time college students must have a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 or have an ACT composite score of 18 or higher. The median ACT score for entering students is 21. College transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 on a 4.0 scale for all college work (minimum of nine credit hours). High school completion students must earn a GED certificate and earn a standard score of 450 or higher on the GED. Home schooled high school students must have an ACT composite score of 18 or higher and also need to provide a transcript signed by the students academic evaluator documenting the courses taken while in home school, credit earned in each course, and letter grade achieved, reflecting a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher.

Mercy College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic Church

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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