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Build on your health care experience and further your career

Mount Mercy University’s healthcare leadership degree helps students with an AAS degree advance their careers, develop leadership skills, and build business competencies.

Complete your Bachelor’s degree with your existing Associate’s degree and health care work experience to take the next step in your health services career.

Learn in tandem with your career and integrate your on-the-job insights into your classroom experience. Develop the critical thinking skills, leadership strategies, and advanced knowledge necessary to advance to the next level of job opportunities.

The Health Care Leadership program coursework is available online on-demand or on Mount Mercy’s campus. Balance your work, home, and school life with the support of faculty and staff helping you succeed.


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?

Stay up to date in the constantly changing field of health care

Learn essential health care leadership skills like project management, research, scheduling, billing, and more. Gain confidence in your ability to advance your career in the health care field with new insight into the administrative side of health services.

Working professionals can take classes in 5- to 10-week block classes that meet once a week. Balance work, school, and life by building 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

Take the next step with confidence.

Mount Mercy graduates are in demand by many local health care employers. Enter the workforce immediately with a health care leadership degree with up-to-date relevant information and skills.

The health care leadership program supports your next step in your career while balancing the demands of your current job. Designed with working professionals in mind, Mount Mercy helps health care workers excel in their field with the leadership skills needed for success.

Health care leadership is a great foundation for careers in medical practice administration, residential care administration, hospital financial management, human resource management, quality improvement management, and more.

Graduates of our health care programs can be found working at:

  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • Mercy Iowa City
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • UnityPoint Health
  • Waypoint
  • VA Health System
  • Jones Regional Medical Center