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April 28, 2022 - The Associate Degree nursing program at Mercy College of Health Sciences at Des Moines campus located in Des Moines, Iowa is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326. (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at: http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm
Our Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) major's evening and weekend format is designed for your convenience and flexibility. You can enroll two nights a week in classes and complete Saturday nursing clinical rotations. Under the recommended course sequence, you will complete general education courses before starting the nine nursing courses needed for the major. The nursing core curriculum is arranged for study over six semesters of part-time attendance. With evening classes and a weekend clinical experience, you will have time to continue all of your current daytime commitments.
- Evening nursing courses begin at 5:30 pm
- Saturday clinical rotations begin at 7:00 am at our clinical affiliate, MercyOne – Des Moines Medical Center, and other central Iowa healthcare organizations
If becoming a nurse has been your dream but life has gotten in the way, this evening and weekend format will offer you an opportunity to pursue your nursing career. As part of your studies, you’ll receive direct patient contact through clinical experiences at MercyOne – Des Moines Medical Center and many other leading healthcare organizations in central Iowa.
Once you complete the ASN major, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)®. When you successfully pass the exam, you will be licensed to provide nursing care for a wide range of patients, residents, and clients in many different healthcare settings.
After successfully passing the NCLEX-RN, you'll have the opportunity to advance to the online RN to BSN major through Mercy College PLUS, during which you'll be able to work as a nurse and complete your BSN from the comfort of your own home.
Are you an LPN? Skip the first semester of ASN coursework!