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

Program Benefits 
t
o match your needs and accommodate your busy life

Apply today — Finish in as few as 18 months

  • Applications accepted year-round with new programs starting in January and in August*
  • 5-week accelerated courses lets you succeed, focussing on one class at a time 
  • Affordable tuition and financial aid options 
  • 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 

Courses are geared to adult leaners

  • Convenient and engaging evening classes
  • Small classes with instructors who get know their students well
  • Benefit from academic support and student services
  • Expand your knowledge and your network

Competency based curriculum

  • Focus is on applying concepts in professional practice 
  • Learn from experienced faculty and peer professionals
  • Practicum location selected by student, with faculty approval 
  • Non-thesis program with emphasis on current applications 

 

*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.

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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 (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).