Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health

Mount Mercy University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is one of the longest-established and most recognized baccalaureate nursing programs in Iowa.

Our nursing majors today are the outstanding caregivers, community heroes, and leaders of tomorrow.

Mount Mercy offers high-quality, integrated theoretical nursing content, clinical lab simulation and hands-on experience. Part of the Martin-Herold College of Nursing and Health, our full-time nursing faculty are recognized as the best in their field. Nurses from local hospitals and agencies also serve as professors — bringing their real-world experience from the bedside into the classroom.

Our proven legacy of educating nurses for professional roles prepares Mount Mercy’s nursing graduates to achieve a NCLEX-RN national exam pass rate well above the national average.

Through service and internship opportunities in local hospitals (Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint – St. Luke’s Hospital), with community clinics, home health and parish nursing, students work directly with a diverse population in the rapidly-changing health care arena. 

Mount Mercy University Association of Nursing Students (MMUANS) gives members an opportunity to network with colleagues at MMU and beyond, promoting the nursing profession across campus and the community. Member representatives attend the state and national Nursing Student Association conventions. The club organizes and hosts campus blood drives, charity fundraisers, social events and professional speakers.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Pre-licensure BSN program

In addition to coursework and clinical experiences leading to graduation, students must follow these steps to gain licensure as a Registered Nurse in Iowa:

  1. Go to the Iowa Board of Nursing website.
  2. On the website, click on “Licensure” and scroll to “Exam.”
  3. Directions for initial licensure for new graduates is fully explained on this page with links to NCLEX-RN Exam and the licensure application.

Upcoming CCNE Accreditation Site Visit

Posted: June 14, 2019

Mount Mercy University, Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health, is pursuing initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The CCNE site visitors will be on campus from September 11-13, 2019.

In accordance with the CCNE accreditation procedures for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit third-party comments concerning a program’s qualifications for accreditation. These comments must relate to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). All third-party comments must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English and be received by CCNE by August 21, 2019. Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review the DNP program but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program. If you would like to submit comments, please send them directly by email to: or by mail to: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Attn: Third-Party Comments, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001

Mount Mercy Self Study Report

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
(319) 363-1323, Extension 1538

What can I do with a nursing degree?

Popular career choices include staff nurse, advanced practice nurse, nurse educator and nurse administrators. Our graduates have gone on to work regionally and nationally:

  • UnityPoint, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • The University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City, Iowa
  • CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

In addition to our traditional BSN program, Mount Mercy also offers RN-BSN online and accelerated programs. Our Master of Science in Nursing expands opportunities beyond a bachelor’s degree with areas of emphasis in health advocacy, nurse education, nursing administration, forensic nursing, and nursing informatics.

Our students and alumni say Iowa’s best nursing program is at Mount Mercy University.

“At Mount Mercy, my advisor and mentors have encouraged me to define my career goals in the abstract, and then build my career trajectory around those terms.”

Tessa Friason '16, Registered Nurse, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Washington
Intern, Centers for Disease Control Undergraduate Public Scholars

You should schedule a tour or apply today.

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