Accreditation

MERCY COLLEGE ACCREDITATION

WHY IT MATTERS


Accreditation is one of the most important factors you should consider when looking at colleges. Accreditation ensures that institutions meet the quality and rigorous standards that are expected by students and employers.

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MERCY COLLEGE 

ACCREDITATION


Mercy College of Health Sciences is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Higher Learning Commission
230 S LaSalle St #7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (800) 621-7440
www.hlcommission.org


Diagnostic Medical Sonography - DMS

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org


Emergency Medical Services - EMS

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org


Medical Assisting - MA

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org


Medical Laboratory Science - MLS

Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N River Rd Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773) 714-8880
E-Mail: info@naacls.org
www.naacls.org


Associate of Science in Nursing - ASN

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Rd NE, #850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON)

Iowa Board of Nursing
400 SW 8th St, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 281-3255
www.nursing.iowa.gov


Bachelor of Science in Nursing - BSN

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 887-6791
www.ccneaccreditation.org

Approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON)

Iowa Board of Nursing
400 SW 8th St, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 281-3255
www.nursing.iowa.gov


Paramedic

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)

   

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org


Physical Therapist Assistant - PTA

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax St
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 706-3245
E-Mail: accreditation@apta.org
www.capteonline.org


Radiologic Technology - RT

Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N Wacker Dr, #2850
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 704-5300
E-Mail: mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org


Surgical Technology - ST

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
6 W Dry Creek Cir, #110
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (303) 694-9262
www.arcstsa.org


Mercy College Training Center

Accredited by the American Heart Association

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75231
www.heart.org

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

If a student will be located outside the state of Iowa while enrolled and taking classes at Mercy College, the College must be authorized to deliver the education by the state in which the student will be located.

Mercy College complies with the authorization requirement as a participant under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement among member states that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by regional education compacts. The regional compact of which the state of Iowa is a member is the Midwest Higher Education Compact. The state of Iowa became a member of SARA on June 1, 2015 and assigned administrative responsibility for the program to the Iowa College Student Aid Commission which may be contacted at:

Iowa College Student Aid Commission
(877) 272-4456
www.iowacollegeaid.gov/sdrf-start

Students may contact the Commission to make an inquiry about Mercy College or to file a complaint. Not all states are members of SARA; membership and school participation may change. If you are located in a state other than Iowa and wish to enroll in one of our online offerings, please contact us before enrolling to determine if we are able to offer online courses in your state. Email your inquiry to admissions@mchs.edu or call (515) 643-6715.


Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosures for Online Programs

If you live outside Iowa and are considering enrolling in an online program that leads to a professional license, we encourage you contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state, or the state where you intend to work, to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before enrolling at Mercy College of Health Sciences. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete a set number of hours in various settings, professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, etc. Mercy College has not determined whether any of our programs meet the educational requirements for licensure of certification for any state other than Iowa. 

Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosures for On-campus Programs

Mercy College of Health Sciences academic programs are designed to prepare students to apply for applicable licensure or certification in Iowa. Completion of a Mercy College program may not meet education requirements for a license or certification in another state and Mercy College has not determine the eligibility of our programs to meet the educational requirements any other state other than Iowa.

Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete a set number of hours in various settings, professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, etc. If you live outside Iowa and are considering enrolling in a program that leads to a professional license, we encourage you contact the appropriate state licensing agency in your state, or the state where you intend to work, to seek the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before enrolling at Mercy College of Health Sciences.

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIPS


American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers 
American Society of Colleges of Nursing
American Health Science Education Consortium
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Associate of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of College Administration Professionals
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Catholic Campus Ministry Association
Catholic College Cooperative Tuition Exchange
College/University Professional Association for Human Resources
Conference for Mercy Higher Education
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Des Moines Area Interprofessional Education Collaborative
Home Base Iowa
Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling
Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing
Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Iowa Campus Compact
Iowa Distance Learning Association
Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders
Iowa Private Academic Libraries
National Association of College Admission Officers
National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Campus Compact
National League of Nursing
National Orientation Directors Association
National Student Nurses Association
The Alpha Eta Society
The Tuition Exchange, Inc.
Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers

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