Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health

Earning your MSN from Mount Mercy's Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health prepares you for the challenges of an ever-changing, complex health care system.

Our 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, five areas of emphasis, and a range of electives, this non-thesis program includes a clinical practicum experience co-designed to support your professional goals.

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

  • Forensic Nursing: Develop, promote, and implement protocols and systems related to complex health concerns while responding to victims and perpetrators of trauma, injury, accidents, neglect, abuse, exploitation, and all forms of violence [learn more: video]
  • Health Advocacy: Design, implement, manage, continuously improve, and lead innovative health care population management programs. 
  • Nurse Administration: Lead and manage complex 21st century health care organizations.
  • Nurse Education: Design, implement, and continuously improve educational initiatives in academic and health care settings. 
  • Nursing Informatics*: Develop, implement, and lead interdisciplinary health information technologies with knowledge and skills in system design and analysis, databases, consumer informatics, clinic decision support, knowledge representation, interoperability, and population health informatics [learn more: video] Rebecca Chomycia BSN, RN on Nursing Informatics 

Program Benefits

Flexible Schedule

  • Five-week accelerated courses
  • Classes held two nights per week
  • Two start times per year

Designed for the Working Professional

  • Focus on one class at a time
  • Federal student loans are available for those who qualify
  • Practicum location selected by student, with faculty approval
  • Non-thesis program with emphasis on current applications 

State-of-the-Art Facility

Easy to Apply

  • Applications accepted year-round with new programs starting in January and in August*.
  • No entrance exams. (GRE or GMAT not required)
  • Finish in as few as 18 months (36 credits), or adapt a plan to fit your needs.


*Nursing Informatics applications are due April 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring. Applicants must meet admission criteria for both Mount Mercy University and University of Minnesota. 


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.  | 319-368-6460

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 (

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