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

With an 18-24 month average completion, Mount Mercy's RN-BSN program allows you to obtain your BSN by building on skills you already have.

The Mount Mercy University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is 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 are brand new to nursing or have decades of experience, the practical experience and prior education from your time as an RN will broaden and enrich the classroom experience for you and your classmates. Our full-time nursing faculty draws on their on-the-job experience to present real world scenarios and research-based discoveries to bring the current state of nursing into the classroom.

What will I learn?

Accelerate your education

A supportive and collaborative experience, you will be cared for as you continue your career while furthering your education. Nursing courses are conducted in five week blocks either face-to-face or online. Online courses are asynchronous, allowing you to balance your schedule the best way for you and your family.

Integrated theoretical nursing content, clinical lab simulations, and more all bring your nursing educational experience off the textbook page and into real life.


Plan of study

Maximum flexibility to help you balance your work, school, and home lives

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

Choose the format that works best for you—on-campus or online. Whatever you decide, our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.

Take classes in 5- and 10-week block classes that meet once a week. This pathway allows working adults to effectively balance work, school, and life. Better build your schedule with options like:

  • 9 start dates year-round
  • Evening, weekly classes
  • 10% tuition discount for employees of our educational partners

Jesse Branscomb ’19

I feel I’m more aware of how I interact with students, new grad employees, and management. I have 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

* 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

Your dream nursing career awaits

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

Nursing graduates can be found in a number of settings, including hospitals, clinics, home care, community organizations, and schools.

Graduates of our health care programs can be found working at:

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