Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health

Mount Mercy’s Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health (MHCNH) is the university’s first-ever named college with 400+ nursing students and 40+ health care students across its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Excellence in Nursing

Over the past 90 years, Mount Mercy University has been the standard for nursing excellence in eastern Iowa. Our nurses are prepared to provide outstanding care, offer compassionate service, and continue the legacy of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.

We offer high-quality, integrated theoretical nursing content, clinical lab simulation (including telehealth), and hands-on experience. Our full-time nursing faculty are recognized as the best in their field. Nurses from local hospitals and agencies also serve as professors—bringing their real-world experience from the bedside into the classroom.

Through internship and service opportunities at local hospitals (Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s Hospital), community clinics, and home health agencies, students work directly with a diverse population in the rapidly-changing health care landscape.

Programs & Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Transformational Gift

Mount Mercy received a truly transformational gift from Ron Herold and his wife Paula Martin Herold RN ’61 to establish the Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health and launch the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2018.

Mount Mercy also received a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to update assessment and simulation labs and to implement telehealth simulation experiences across all our nursing education programs.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Mount Mercy University Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Pre-licensure BSN program

In addition to coursework and clinical experiences leading to graduation, students must follow these steps to gain licensure as a Registered Nurse in Iowa:

  1. Go to the Iowa Board of Nursing website.
  2. On the website, click on “Licensure” and scroll to “Exam.”
  3. Directions for initial licensure for new graduates is fully explained on this page with links to NCLEX-RN Exam and the licensure application.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at MMU is hosting an accreditation visit of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in September 2021. As part of the process interested parties may submit comments, no later than September 6, 2021, to the CCNE board. Comments may be sent by email to: or may in a letter addressed to: 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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