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of surveyed alumni within 9 months of graduation
On-Campus or Online
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With transfer credits

Expand your knowledge and abilities

Make a bigger impact today. Nurses with a valid RN license can enroll in our RN-BSN program.

Build on the skills you already have with Mount Mercy’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, one of the most recognized and longest-running baccalaureate nursing programs in Iowa. With a values-based curriculum and a focus on nursing practice research, Mount Mercy creates outstanding caregivers and community heroes in the nursing field.

Whether you’ve been in the nursing field for a few years or have decades of experience, your time as an RN will broaden and enrich the classroom experience for you and your classmates. Our full-time nursing faculty share their on-the-job experience to present real-world scenarios and research-based discoveries to bring the current state of nursing into the classroom.

Choose your format

Learn from anywhere with our online (on-demand) classes, where you'll complete coursework each week at a time/place that works best for you. 

This pathway allows you to effectively balance work, school, and life. Build your schedule with 9 start dates year-round and 5- and 10-week block classes.

Accelerated plan of study

The on-campus modality offers courses in-person.

This is a great option for students wanting an on-campus experience, or who are comfortable commuting to classes during the day.

Build your schedule with 9 start dates year-round and 5- and 10-week block classes.

Accelerated plan of study

Jesse Branscomb ’19

I’m more aware of how I interact with students, new grad employees, and management. I've also joined new committees at work, seeking new ways to improve patient satisfaction and care.

What are the next steps?

Transfer up to 86 credits from an Iowa community college if you have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or up to 75 credits from a non-Iowa community college or up to 93 credits from a regionally accredited 4-year university.

Students may transfer up to 60 credits from College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and 30 credits for your life experience using the Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) portfolio documentation.

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

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

NOTE: Per government policy, international students are unable to attend fully-online university programs in the United States. Unfortunately, we are unable to admit international students to this program.

Careers in nursing

Your dream nursing career awaits.

Utilizing Mount Mercy’s network of regional health care partnerships, many nursing graduates work in the health care setting of their choice—hospitals, clinics, long-term care, community organizations, schools, and more.

You'll find our nursing alumni at:

  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • Mercy Iowa City
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • UnityPoint Health
  • Waypoint
  • VA Health System
  • Jones Regional Medical Center