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Outstanding caregivers, community heroes, and leaders of tomorrow. Those with 3+ years of experience with a current and valid RN license can enroll in our RN-BSN program for working professionals.

Made by Mercy, Built on Compassion

Mount Mercy University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is one of the longest-established and most recognized baccalaureate nursing programs in Iowa.

Mount Mercy offers high-quality, integrated theoretical nursing content, clinical lab simulation and hands-on experience. Part of the Martin-Herold College of Nursing and Health, 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.

RN-BSN program for experienced nurses.

Mount Mercy also offers a plan of study for RN's with three years experience. Our program, with 18-24 month average completion, allows you to obtain your BSN while building on skills you already have.

Upon completion of the application process, the RN-BSN advisor assists students in establishing the most appropriate program of study. The program is designed to include the granting of credit for past learning and consideration of the needs of adult learners. 

Program objectives include:

  • Respect and value the dignity of human life
  • Appropriately implement selected nursing interventions
  • Integrate knowledge derived from liberal arts, science, and nursing in professional nursing practice


Preparing you for a successful future.

Our proven legacy of educating nurses for professional roles prepares Mount Mercy’s nursing graduates to achieve a NCLEX-RN national exam pass rate well above the national average.

The baccalaureate curriculum is based on the belief of the faculty that socialization of nursing students into the profession is a journey that continues throughout and beyond their baccalaureate education. The faculty has adopted “the hero’s journey” as presented by anthropologist Joseph Campbell as a unifying theme for the nursing curriculum.

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Working professionals can obtain their BSN in 18-24 months!

In accordance with the Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education, RN to Baccalaureate, Mount Mercy offers a plan of study tailored for working RN's with three years of experience to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in a quicker timeline.

There's no need to wait months to start taking classes. At Mount Mercy, we have nine start dates throughout the year, and class blocks are every five weeks.

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At Mount Mercy, my advisor and mentors have encouraged me to define my career goals in the abstract, and then build my career trajectory around those terms.

Tessa Friason '16
Registered Nurse, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Washington

Program Admission Options

Admission into MMU's nursing program is competitive. Annually, 93 students are accepted into the program. Students interested in MMU's nursing program have two options.

BSN Early Admission

BSN Early Admission to Mount Mercy’s nursing program is designed for high-achieving students.  The policy allows early acceptance into MMU’s bachelor of science of nursing program and the ability to complete the major in 3.5 years. Students must satisfactory complete nursing pre-requisite requirements to proceed into the nursing program.

  • Incoming Freshmen
  • High school GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0, at the time of your application. (The GPA requirement must be maintained through graduation from high school and your final official high school transcript must be submitted to Mount Mercy University.)
  • Minimum ACT score of 25 or SAT of 1200
  • To complete MMU's program in 3.5 years, it is encourages that students complete a minimum of 12 college credits (community college, AP, IB, or CLEP credits) during their high school career.
  • To continue as a nursing major, student must satisfy pre-requisites.
  • Apply and be admitted to Mount Mercy prior to February 1.
  • Complete the Early Admission Application by February 1.
    • As part of the application, you will be asked to complete a 200-word essay on "What influenced you to pursue a career in nursing? Where do you see yourself in five years?"
  • Submit your $200 enrollment deposit by March 1 to guarenteee your spot.

BSN Standard Admission

Incoming freshmen not meeting early admission requirements are eligible for BSN standard admission. Standard admission allows students to begin nursing pre-requisites directly during their freshmen year and granted admission into the nursing program upon satisfactory completion of nursing pre-requisites.
Transfer students should contact the admission office during their freshmen year to learn about pre-requisite requirements.

BSN Early Admission is a great opportunity for students to get a jump start on their education and career. We look forward to continuing to develop outstanding caregivers and the health care leaders of tomorrow.

Dr. Kim Bro
Assistant Professor of Nursing & Chair, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Careers in Nursing

An expanded professional network provides many connections.

Nursing majors serve in the field in many different ways, from hospitals to clinics, to home care and community programs. Nursing graduates serve in their community at every level from direct patient care to nursing administration. They are the caregivers, clinical experts, policy makers and faculty. Mount Mercy graduates have gone on to work regionally and nationally:

  • UnityPoint, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • The University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City, Iowa
  • CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska


In addition to undergraduate nursing programs, Mount Mercy also allows students to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Through the MMU Plus program, nursing students can take up to 12 graduate credits during their junior or senior year.

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