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Made by mercy, built on compassion

Outstanding caregivers, community heroes, and leaders of tomorrow.

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.

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.

Registered Nurse, PeaceHealth | Vancouver, Washington


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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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 satisfactorily 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 March 1.
  • Complete the Early Admission Application by March 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 April 1 to guarantee 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.

What are the next steps?

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 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.