Master of Science in Nursing

Earning your Master of Science in Nursing from Mount Mercy University prepares you for the challenges of an ever-changing, complex healthcare system.

Mount Mercy University’s competency-based Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program optimizes real-time interactive learning and professional networking. You’ll learn from faculty members who have both academic and practical experience, and from your classmates. In addition to core classes, three areas of emphasis, and a range of electives, this non-thesis program includes a clinical practicum experience co-designed to support your professional goals.

Program Benefits 
o match your needs and accommodate your busy life

  • 5-week accelerated courses lets you focus on one class at a time
  • Finish in as few as 18 months (36 credits), or adapt a plan to fit your needs 
  • Convenient and engaging evening classes
  • Small classes with instructors who get know their students well
  • Benefit from academic support and student services
  • Learn from experienced faculty and peer professionals
  • Expand your knowledge and your network
  • Courses are geared to adult learners, with focus on applying concepts in professional practice 
  • No entrance exams (GRE or GMAT not required) 
  • Non-thesis program with emphasis on current applications 
  • Competency based curriculum
  • Practicum location selected by student, with faculty approval 
  • Affordable tuition and financial aid options 
  • Applications accepted year-round with new programs starting in January and in August 

3 Areas of Emphasis — 
to fulfill your professional interests and goals

  • Health Advocacy: Design, implement, manage, continuously improve, and lead innovative healthcare population management programs. 
  • Nurse Education: Design, implement, and continuously improve educational initiatives in academic and healthcare settings. 
  • Nurse Administration: Lead and manage complex 21st century healthcare organizations.

Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) — 
The Nursing Faculty Loan Program is for students earning a Nurse Education emphasis. Students are eligible to receive a low interest loan, with up to 85 percent forgiven after four years of teaching at a post-secondary institution.  |  319-286-4420

Approval and Accreditation

Mount Mercy University is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master's degree in nursing at Mount Mercy University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (