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Mercy College of Health Sciences

 

Mercy College of Health Services is a private non-profit school located in Des Moines, Iowa. The college began as a nursing school founded by Mercy Hospital in 1899. Eventually, the school grew into three separate organizations which were consolidated into Mercy College of Health Services in 1995. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is sponsored by the Catholic Health Initiatives. Approximately 800 undergraduates attend Mercy College and 82% of them are women.

Educational Programs

Mercy College specializes in health care education. The school combines class instruction with clinical and hands-on experience to give students a strong foundation from which to build a personally and financially rewarding career. Students can earn a certificate, Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science in the following programs:

  • Allied Health
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Science
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing (ASN or RN to BSN)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Polysomnographic Technology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology

The school also conducts CPR training and has related continuing education programs such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS), and Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor. A small selection of Liberal Arts and Sciences courses are available as well.

Clinical instruction is conducted at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and other area partners like the Des Moines Physical Therapy facility, Easter Seals Center, Franklin General Hospital, and Lakeview Surgery Center.

Admissions

To be considered for general admission to Mercy College, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • First-year students: High school GPA of 2.25 and ACT composite score of 18
  • Transfer students: Cumulative GPA of 2.25 from all college work and a minimum of 9 credits earned

All students must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Home-schooled students will need to submit a transcript from an academic evaluator detailing the courses taken, grade and credit earned, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher. They must also earn an ACT score of at least 18.

Individual educational programs may have additional requirements for admittance. More information about the admission criteria for specific programs can be found on the school’s website.

Some students may be required to take the Compass test. All students must submit a deposit of $250 after acceptance to secure their spots in school.

Costs

Mercy College charges the following tuition rates for their programs:

  • Tuition (full time): $7,230 per term
  • Tuition (part time): $500 per credit
  • Audited classes: $125 per credit

Individual programs may charge additional fees for materials, testing, and certification. Federal and state programs are available to help students pay for their educations. To apply for financial assistance, students must submit an FAFSA form. The college is also approved by the Iowa Department of Education to accept monies paid through the Veterans Educational Benefits program. In addition to private loans, students should apply for scholarships offered by Mercy College and other organizations.

Campus Life

There are no on-campus housing, athletic programs, or formal student clubs and organizations at Mercy College.

 
 
 
 

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