Program Overview

Mercy College of Health Sciences offers an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion program that provides the opportunity for students to use prior nursing education and professional experiences to earn a degree and advance their career. Additionally, the curriculum includes a single, community-based preceptorship designed to enhance students' understanding of healthcare delivery in the community by studying Native American healing rituals on the Pine Ridge reservation or discovering indigenous medical treatments of the Mayan and Latino populations of the Yucatan.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    This is a bachelor completion program. A total of 120 credits are required, including transfer and major requirements.

    Program requirements:

    • 68 nursing credits
    • Official transcript from an accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program, and official transcripts from any other college(s)
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
    • Meet Mercy College of Health Sciences admission requirements, or be a graduate of Mercy College of Health Sciences
    • Copy of a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse or demonstrate progress toward licensure

    School Overview

    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.

    Mercy College of Health Sciences offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.


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