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Mercy College of Health Sciences President Announces Retirement

Dr.BarbaraDeckerPhotoweb.jpgMercy College of Health Sciences announces plans for Dr. Barbara Quijano Decker to retire on June 30, 2018, ending her 12-year tenure as president of Mercy College.

Under President Decker’s leadership, Mercy College expanded facilities, increased the breadth and diversity of academic programming, and strengthened the ministry as a Catholic college. Her passion and persistence contributed to Mercy College’s favorable accreditation and performance outcomes, as well as the organization’s strong positive relationship with students, employees, alumni and the College board of directors.

Join Us At the Iowa State Fair!

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Mercy College of Health Sciences will be at the 2017 Iowa State Fair!

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 is Mercy College of Health Sciences Day at the Iowa State Fair. As an "Official Red Ribbon Sponsor," Mercy College representatives will be located on the Grand Avenue concourse in front of the Horner Service Center. Look for our signage, stop by and say hello.
  • Mercy College will also have a booth in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building from August 10-20.

Stop by and say hello to a Mercy College representative at the Iowa State Fair!

Mercy College Receives $84,000 DASH Emergency Grant

17-19_Dash_Grant_Recipient_H.png$84,000 Grant Supports Launch of Emergency Grant Program at Mercy College of Health Sciences. The funds will address financial barriers to help low-income students stay enrolled to completion. 

Celebrating Our Colleagues

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 
Mercy College Excellence Award Recipients

Each year the entire Mercy College community is provided the opportunity to cast their vote for Mercy College Employee Excellence Awards. During the 2017 Annual Employee Recognition & Excellence Awards event, the following people were presented with their respective awards.

Congrats to Michael Bohl '80 & Mary Schemmel '76! 

Congrats to Michael Bohl and Mary Schemmel, recipients of the 2017 Catherine McAuleyAward for Professional Excellence!

Mercy College originally created the Catherine McAuley Awards for Nursing Excellence to honor alumni and friends of the School of Nursing (or its predecessor program, the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing), for their lifetime achievements to the profession of nursing, their service to their communities, and their efforts on behalf of Mercy College of Health Sciences. Today, the Catherine McAuley Awards for Professional Excellence are sought and awarded to alumni from any academic programs associated with Mercy College of Health Sciences.

Class of 2017, it's time!

Congratulations to all 275 graduates of the Mercy College of Health Sciences Class of 2017, representing 11 academic disciplines hailing from 96 cities.


Mercy College 2017 Commencement Ceremony
Friday, April 28, 2017 

Pinning Ceremony - 1:00 p.m.

Congrats to Our 100 Great Iowa Nurses!

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The 100 Great Iowa Nurses award recognizes nurses that have made meaningful, lasting contributions to their patients, colleagues, and the nursing profession, and are viewed as mentors to other nursing professionals. This year’s honorees exemplify all of the principles on which the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration was founded.

6 Colleges and Universities form Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association

The six Catholic colleges in Iowa have formed the Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association to collaborate and identify innovative strategies to collectively respond to the dynamic higher education environment which exists today.

Des Moines Area Higher Ed Consortium Receives $510K Grant from U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women

Mercy College of Health Sciences, Drake University, Grand View University and Simpson College will collectively receive a $510,000 grant for a consortium project entitled  “Central Iowa Colleges’ Coordinated Response” submitted to OVW’s "Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program."                                                                            

As a recipient of this competitive award, the four local colleges will work together, and with community partners including Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services, to strengthen and formalize education, policies, procedures and messaging to prevent and respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

El Salvadorian BSN Student is Happy to Call Iowa Home

For someone who’s all of 26, Mercy College student Sofia A. Faulkner (Sanchez Soler) has had more life experiences than many people twice her age.

Since immigrating to the United States from El Salvador in 2000 with her family, she has lived in five states: New York, North Carolina, Texas, California, and since 2004, Iowa, where she attended school from six grade through graduation from Waukee High School.