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

  • Convenient and engaging evening classes 
  • 5-week accelerated courses so you can focus
  • Finish in as few as 18 months (36 credits), or adapt a plan to fit your needs 
  • Affordable tuition and financial aid options 
  • Non-thesis program with emphasis on current applications 
  • No entrance exams (GRE or GMAT) required 
  • Applications accepted year-round with new programs starting in January and in August 
  • Learn from experienced faculty and peer professionals
  • Benefit from academic support and student services 
  • Expand your knowledge and your network

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.  |  319-286-4420

Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

For master’s program nursing students seeking a career as a nursing faculty member. Students enrolled in Mount Mercy’s Master of Science in Nursing program earning a Nurse Education emphasis are eligible to receive a low interest loan, with up to 85 percent forgiven after four years of teaching at a post-secondary institution. Once admitted to the MSN program, students interested in NFLP funding should contact the MSN program director.

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 (