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42 Marathons Later, 2 Mercy Degrees in Hand, & Breanna Keeps Running!

Between miles 15-19 she is spent, but she turns up her music and pushes forward, as only 6 miles remain. 

!st Public Health Graduating Class

Breanna Severin BSHS '18 & BSPH '18, (2nd from right), celebrates with Public Health Chair Joelle Stoelte and the first graduating cohort of the Mercy College Public Health major.

New Directions in Teaching and Learning Journal Article is Published

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 Dr. Jeanette McGreevy, Stephanie Brown

The article Evidence-Informed Improvement through Collaborative Professional Integration has been published in the Fall 2018 Special Issue of New Directions for Teaching & Learning, in the Wiley Online Library. This article includes evidence-informed content about continuous improvement, three data buckets, and realistic actions, completed by Dr. Jeanette McGreevy, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, and Stephanie Brown, Senior Teaching and Learning Specialist at Mercy College. The special edition is called Assessment in Action: Evidence-Based Discussions about Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum.

Mercy College Awarded $1.79 Million HRSA Grant for CARE Nursing Project

The $1.79 Million HRSA Grant will support Mercy College’s CARE Nursing Program

173F4443Mercy College of Health Sciences has been awarded a $1.79 million grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention of Registered Nurses in Primary Care Training Program. The funding will be dispersed over four years and will fund a new initiative at Mercy College, the Community Advocacy Registered Nurse Education (CARE) project. Mercy College is the only institution in Iowa to receive this competitive federal award.

New Look, Same Mission

Branding is more than a colorful new logo. We are narrating our story – reaffirming our commitment to students, embracing our rich history, and reinforcing the essential work we do in our community.

Since 1898, Mercy College of Health Sciences has been preparing graduates for service and leadership in the health care community. As the only private Catholic college in central Iowa, Mercy College prepares students for service and leadership in health care through profession-specific education so that our students enter the workforce quickly with the necessary skills to make an immediate impact.

After collecting feedback and holding focus groups with students, faculty, staff, and the public, the result is a unified image that tells the story of our mission and our role in preparing students for careers in health sciences.

Mercy College Logo

Our New Logo

Quietly sophisticated in its subtlety, this self-contained logo uses abstract shapes to create a recognizable icon that embodies the school’s holistic approach to health sciences.

The Mercy College purple flanks the logomark on either side, while the warm Mercy green symbolizes life and tradition. Reminiscent of a stained-glass window, this logo also brings to mind a set of doors in a hallway leading to more doors — in other words, it represents a wide variety of possibilities and opportunities. Embedded in the design, you’ll see the logo also contains an M for Mercy, an H for health sciences, and the Mercy cross to represent the school’s Catholic heritage.

A classic serif font adds traditional gravitas to Mercy College as an academic institution, while a sans serif font, white space and clean lines add a contemporary element, as well.

Over the next few weeks you will begin to see the new Mercy College of Health Sciences logo appear around campus and in the community. Effective June 1, 2018, the above logo will be the only Mercy College logo approved for use. Please join us in championing this exciting time for Mercy College. Additional resources and details of the new brand will follow in the days to come.

Regards from the Mercy College Marketing Team

Solving the Nursing Shortage: 5 Pathways to Become a Nurse

173F3862Our nation’s population is aging and the nursing workforce is retiring. The disparity between the need for nurses and individuals who are ready to assume those roles continues to grow daily. And yet, in communities across the country, nursing programs have been forced to reject student applications amid this dramatic nursing shortage.

For many colleges and universities, the inability to find qualified clinical sites and experienced nursing faculty has left them unable to accept students into their programs. In some states, the required student to faculty ratio in patient care settings has changed from ten, to eight, and in some states, six students per individual faculty member. This change has caused some programs to downsize the number of nursing students they accept.

Shout Out to The Class of 2018!


Congratulations to all 305 graduates of the Mercy College of Health Sciences Class of 2018, representing 12 academic disciplines from 116 cities in 11 states and 5 countries.

Friends and family from far and wide celebrated the milestones of their loved ones who are entering the next chapter of their lives.

Watch the Student Speakers Deliver their Remarks Below

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Before attending Mercy College of Health Sciences, Justin graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education with endorsements in biology, general science, physical science, and coaching. He taught middle school science for seven years and coached middle school track and wrestling. As an educator at Saint Theresa Catholic School, Justin helped redevelop the diocesan science curriculum, initiate a kindergarten - 8th grade STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program, organized the installment and utilization of a school garden to help offset the cost of the lunch program, and was nominated for the Iowa’s Inspirational Teacher award.

Join Us April 16 to Dedicate our New Academic Center for Excellence!

ACEPicFINALThe work is complete and it’s time to celebrate the opening of Mercy College of Health Science’s new Academic Center for Excellence, located at 921 6th Ave. in Des Moines.

On Monday, April 16, from 4 -7 p.m., Mercy College will host a community open house. A brief dedication program will be held at 5:30 p.m. to officially open the center. The Academic Center for Excellence is home to state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.

Earn Your $2,500 Completion Bonus & Become a BSN in 12 months

RN to BSN $As a registered nurse (RN) you may be eligible to enroll in Mercy College's revised RN to BSN program, and upon graduation, could earn $2,500!

For more than 20 years, Mercy College has been a leader in educating RN to BSN nurses.  Recently, Mercy College announced exciting changes to our RN to BSN program.  One aspect that did not change was a deeply developed commitment to prepare knowledgeable, competent B.S.N. nurses.

Learn More about   RN to BSN program

Public Health Shines the Light on the Opioid Crisis in Iowa

JoelleStolteMercy College has launched a bachelor of science program in public health, a program whose time has come, according to Joelle Stolte, MPH, PhD(c), chair of the new program.

The program at Mercy College is the first of only three undergraduate public health programs in Iowa,” she said. “Traditionally, public health has been more of a master’s level program, but Mercy College recognized the urgent need to build a pool of public health professionals at the undergraduate level.”

Mercy College Announces New President, Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D.

Mercy College of Health Sciences Announces Third President, Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D.

small-dr-fiore-2Des Moines, Iowa (February 23, 2018) – Mercy College of Health Sciences Board of Directors has named Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D., to serve as the College’s next president. Fiore will succeed Barbara Quijano Decker, J.D., who announced her retirement in August 2017 after 12 years of leading Mercy College. Fiore will be working with President Decker in a period of onboarding to enable a seamless transition. Effective June 10, 2018, Fiore will begin his new role as President of the College.