Master of Science in Nursing

MSN Program Features:

  • Accelerated 5-week course format with evening class schedule
  • Complete the program in 18 months
  • Small class sizes and classroom instruction
  • No entrance exam requirements (i.e. GRE, GMAT)
  • Applications are accepted year-round:
    • Spring Application Deadline is December 1
    • Fall Application Deadline is July 1
  • New cohorts of students start twice per year:
    • First full week in January
    • Last full week in August


  • Track 1 - Health Advocate: Prepares graduates to design, implement, manage, continuously improve, and lead innovative health care population management programs.

  • Track 2 - Nurse Educator: Prepares graduates to design, implement, and continuously improve educational initiatives in academic and health care settings

  • Track 3 - Nurse Administrator: Prepares graduates to lead and manage complex 21st century healthcare organization


Our in-person rather than on-line format optimizes real-time interactive learning and professional networking.  Our classes are conveniently held in the evening to accommodate students' busy work and life schedules.  And they are offered in 5-week blocks of time to allow students to focus on one subject at a time.  We have faculty with both academic and practical experience. Full-time students can complete the program in 18 months and part-time students can complete in as little as 24 months and still be considered full-time for financial aid purposes.  Our focus is on competency development and preparing students for future employment.  We offer a Non-thesis program that includes a clinical project/practicum experience and it is co-designed to meet your professional needs.

Approval and Accreditation

The Mount Mercy MSN program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (December, 2013) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (October, 2011).

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the graduate programs, contact or 319.286-4420.