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Health Care Leadership

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Strategic healthcare planning and management

Mount Mercy University’s healthcare leadership degree is designed to help students with an AAS degree advance their careers, enrich core leadership, and build business competencies.

The program enriches core leadership and builds business competencies through a series of courses and experiential learning opportunities focused on the many facets of health care. Students in our health care leadership program will gain confidence in their leadership skills while applying their strategic business insights and knowledge of the health care industry.


Experiential learning focused on the many facets of health care. 

Health care leadership majors gain hands-on experience in project management, research, scheduling, billing, and other activities related to health care management. Three options of study are available to help individuals meet personal and professional demands outside of class:

  • Traditional on-campus, semester-long courses 
  • Evening/weekend courses offered in five-week and 10-week blocks throughout the year
  • Online program

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Why Mount Mercy?

Working professionals can complete their degree in as little as 18-24 months!

Choose the format that works best for you—online, in-person, or accelerated. Whatever you decide, our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.

Working professionals can take classes in 5- to 10-week block classes that meet once a week. This pathway allows you to effectively balance work, school, and life. Better build your schedule with options like:


Working professionals can complete their degree in as little as 18-24 months!

Our evening and weekend courses empower you to hone your leadership, strategic, planning, and management skills to become a successful organizer in the health care field.

There's no need to wait months to start taking classes. Our nine start dates gives you the opportunity to start when it works best for you!

  Traditional plan of study  

 Accelerated plan of study


What are the next steps?

Build off previous experiences by transferring up to 75 credits form an Iowa community college or up to 93 credits form a regionally accredited 4-year university. Veterans may also earn credit for military training via the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in health care leadership

Our graduates are in demand by many local employers.

Graduates with a degree in health care leadership use their expertise in a variety of health care leadership roles, such as:

  • Medical practice administration
  • Business development
  • Hospital financial or information management
  • Hospital or residential care administration
  • Educators
  • Human resource managers
  • Quality improvement managers

Health care leadership majors gain hands-on experience in project management, research, scheduling, billing, and other activities related to health care management. 

Past internship locations include:

  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics | Iowa City 
  • Corridor Radiology | Coralville
  • Mercy Hospital | Cedar Rapids
  • UnityPoint Health St. Luke's | Cedar Rapids
  • Catherine McCauley Center
  • Waypoint
  • Jones Regional Medical Center