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Nursing Home Administrator Licensure Pathway

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Building a foundation in health and business

Earn a degree in health care administration and prepare for the Iowa Nursing Home Administrator exam in 12-24 months.

By focusing on long-term care issues within the health care system, Mount Mercy University's nursing home administrator licensure pathway combines our health care and business curriculum to better prepare you to achieve your goals.

Our program expands on the foundations built in the health care administration curriculum to empower students to better care and advocate for aging patients.

Formed with the Iowa Nursing Home Administrator licensure exam in mind, our pathway program gives you the knowledge and skills needed to succeed on the exam and as an administrator.

Why Mount Mercy?

Learn from dedicated and expert faculty.

Mount Mercy's faculty play a key role in how students develop crucial leadership and practical skills. Our faculty members work in the field they teach in, allowing them to share relevant and current lessons. Through sharing their experiences, students are better prepared to face similar challenges.

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Working professionals can complete their degree in as little as 18-24 months!

Our flexible block schedule for working adults allows you to gain a well-rounded background in business with a concentration in health services issues, including: regulation, law, compliance, informatics, and financial issues.

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. Take classes in a format that works best for you—in-person, hybrid, or online.

Students in this plan of study are required to complete an internship or practicum experience.

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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.

Take your education to the next level

Mount Mercy offers a Master of Business Administration and Master of Strategic Leadership to further your education in the business and health care sectors, leading to a well-rounded health care administration education.