Department of Nursing

One of the first baccalaureate programs in Iowa, the Department of Nursing was founded in 1969 to provide a professional education for students seeking a four-year degree.

The department's natural and behavioral sciences curriculum is enhanced by the liberal arts core of the college curriculum and continues the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy in serving human need. As they educate the student for general practice and community nursing, faculty members emphasize the leadership role of the professional nurse and foster an appreciation for lifelong learning through advanced education and continuing professional development.

The program is housed in the Donnelly Center with offices, laboratories and classrooms in close proximity. Students also have experiences in nearby hospitals and other health facilities.

Approximately 300 students are enrolled in the nursing major. Twelve full-time and additional adjunct faculty allow the faculty-student ratio of 1:6 in most clinical settings. Many agencies in the city provide opportunities for clinical experience in acute and community care. Students also provide services which would not otherwise exist in a parish nursing program, two health promotion centers in parochial schools and a transitional housing program.

The baccalaureate and master’s degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They're approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Students may enter the program as first year students or transfer students. Full-time or part-time study is available with flexibility in scheduling, especially for general education courses. An articulation program for RN-students who wish to complete a baccalaureate degree is also available in collaboration with Iowa Articulation in Nursing Education Agreement.

For more information please contact:
Mary Tarbox, R.N., Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Nursing


All Mount Mercy nursing students begin a journey as they enter college to prepare for a profession that will last a lifetime.

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