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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Mount Mercy’s MSN program equips nurses with the skills and knowledge to provide high-quality patient care and meet the challenges of an ever-changing, complex health care system.

Excel in Health Care

Our MSN program optimizes real-time interactive learning and professional networking. You’ll learn from faculty members who have both academic and practical experience, and from your classmates.

In addition to core classes, five areas of emphasis, and a range of electives, this non-thesis program includes a clinical practicum experience co-designed to support your professional goals.

Areas of Emphasis

Choose from five areas of emphasis to meet your professional interests.

  • Forensic NursingDevelop, promote, and implement protocols and systems related to complex health concerns while responding to victims and perpetrators of trauma, injury, accidents, neglect, abuse, exploitation, and all forms of violence.

  • Health AdvocacyDesign, implement, manage, continuously improve, and lead innovative health care population management programs.

  • Nurse Administration—Lead and manage complex 21st century health care organizations.

  • Nurse Education—Design, implement, and continuously improve educational initiatives in academic and health care settings.

  • Nursing Informatics*—Develop, implement, and lead interdisciplinary health information technologies with knowledge and skills in system design and analysis, databases, consumer informatics, clinic decision support, knowledge representation, interoperability, and population health informatics.

*Nursing Informatics applications are due April 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. Applicants must meet admission criteria for both Mount Mercy and University of Minnesota.


Start coursework in January or August.

Courses are conveniently held two nights a week in 5-week blocks, letting you focus your attention on one class at a time. Full-time students can complete the program in 18-24 months, and part-time students can develop a customized plan of study with their advisor. Choose your practicum location with faculty approval.

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By integrating telehealth into my practice, I can provide care in remote locations where it likely did not exist before. By lessening this disparity, I, along with other health care providers, can generate a healthier Iowa!

Carson Burgart ’21 MSN
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Meet the challenges of the ever-changing health care system.

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