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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.

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

What will I learn?

Accelerate your education.

In accordance with the Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education, RN to Baccalaureate, Mount Mercy offers a plan of study tailored for working RNs 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.


Plan of study

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.

Learn more about:

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.