Mount Mercy launches new graduate programs in nursing and counseling

Mount Mercy College has announced that it will launch new graduate programs in nursing and counseling, beginning Fall 2010. 
The Master of Science in Nursing program will feature emphases in health promotion and disease prevention focus, and is a 36 credit hour program that can be completed in 18 months. The Masters of Arts in Counseling and Therapy: Couple and Family Therapy Specialization is a 60 credit hour program that can be completed in two years.

The new programs join Mount Mercy’s thriving graduate programs in business and education.  All four graduate programs build on Mount Mercy’s reputation for quality, faith-inspired liberal arts and professional education. The additional graduate programs are a key component in Mount Mercy’s strategic plan, The Plan for Mount Mercy University, and will be a centerpiece of the College’s growth and development as it moves toward University re-designation in the near future.  

The Master of Science in Nursing’s emphases in health promotion and disease prevention focus are the only programs of their kind in the state of Iowa, offering local nurses the opportunity to expand their knowledge and hands-on skills, and benefitting the Corridor’s hospitals and medical field through increased employee expertise.  “The addition of our graduate program in nursing is a natural evolution for our highly competitive and recognized undergraduate nursing program,” says Dean of Graduate Studies Melody Graham, Ph.D. “We look forward to offering local nurses the opportunity to meet the challenges of an ever-changing, complex health care system by continuing their education with our talented faculty.” 

The Masters of Arts in Counseling and Therapy leads students to Iowa state licensure in Marriage Family Therapy, one of only two programs in the state of Iowa. The program will offer students a unique systems perspective that is reinforced by the program’s mandated 300 counseling hours, ensuring that students learn successful counseling techniques to help individuals, couples and families. The Master of Arts in Counseling and Therapy does not require students to have a previous degree in social work, psychology or a related field.

“The positive feedback about our graduate programs in business and education is overwhelming,” says Provost John P. Marsden, Ph.D. “Alumni, current students and community members approached Mount Mercy about starting additional graduate programs to help fill gaps in local workforce development. We are pleased to be able to offer resources that will positively contribute to the community.”

For more information about Mount Mercy’s graduate programs, contact Melody Graham at gradprograms@mtmercy.edu.

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