Mercy College of Health Sciences

Des Moines, IA 50309

Mercy College of Health Sciences is one of the 33 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in Iowa. Its campus is small in size and located in Des Moines. The institution offers only undergrad degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 35 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 13 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 38%).

Every year 35% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.


Campus LocaleMidsize City
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio9:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate38%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 1 32
Bachelor's degree 10 110
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 75.8%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1999 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
10/01/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
ACT18 to 22
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Considered but not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$610/credit
In State Students$610/credit
Out of State Students$610/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $27,450 $27,450 $27,450
ADN 70 $42,700 $42,700 $42,700
BSN 125 $76,250 $76,250 $76,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 89% of Mercy College of Health Sciences's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 52% $4,020
Other Federal Grant 15% $325
State Grant & Scholarships 52% $4,105
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 22% $1,464
Federal Student Loans 59% $6,158
Private Loans 11% $10,125


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$17,612
$30,001 to $48,000$16,133
$48,001 to $75,000$23,013
$75,001 to $110,000$23,420
Over $110,000$26,778

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

Relevant scholarships

Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award

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Bill and Mary Russell Healthcare Scholarship

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Genesis Health Services Gala Nursing Scholarship

The scholarship is for  college students who are seeking admission to, or have been accepted into, a baccalaureate program in nursing at an accredited Iowa or Illinois college or university ...

Justine E. Granner Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to American Indian or other ethnic minority students preparing for a career in nursing, public health and/or related fields at a college or school of nursing ...

Bill and Mary Russell Scholarship

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Iowa state board of nursing.

Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 Sixth Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

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