Mercy College and Drake University form a 12-month accelerated partnership for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
A new partnership between Mercy College of Health Sciences and Drake University will allow students to earn bachelor’s degree from both institutions in four years. Under the new partnership, students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) from Drake and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Mercy College in approximately the same time it would normally take to earn a degree from one institution. This partnership provides qualified Drake students with a smooth transition into the high demand field of nursing, with the opportunity to pursue a nursing degree at Mercy College.
“The Mercy College and Drake University partnership offers the fastest way for qualified students to obtain a B.S.N. in Iowa, all without having to leave Des Moines,” said Dr. Nancy Kertz, dean of the Mercy College School of Nursing.
After completing their third year at Drake, students who meet academic qualifications will be admitted to Mercy College, where they will then complete four eight-week terms and a 15-week semester of clinical rotations. In total, the time to program completion is four years.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics indicates the job market for nurses is strong nationwide, with a 15 percent growth rate, which is much faster than average of seven percent.