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

New hybrid delivery!

  • Courses offered online
  • Learn from any location
  • Opportunity for student-faculty interaction on Wednesday evenings

Our MSN program uses active learning to equip nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to be leaders and change agents in the future nursing workforce. We provide high-quality education that inspires, challenges, and develops nurses while maximizing flexibility with student-faculty interaction opportunities.


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.

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


Start coursework in January or August.

Courses are conveniently held online (either asynchronously or synchronously) 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.

November 1 application deadline for January start.

June 1 application deadline for August start.

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MSN-degreed nurses earned substantially more than registered nurses, who had an average salary of $71,730. Nurse practitioners also earned a median pay of $113,930.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

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

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