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At Mercy College of Health Sciences, we strive to deliver a high quality education at an affordable price, which is why we're proud to offer the lowest published tuition of any private institution in Iowa. A degree from Mercy College is an investment in your future, resulting in a payout of more career opportunities and higher earning potential in your chosen field. A detailed list and description of tuition and fees can be found here.Learning about Mercy College tuition and aid

2022-23 Tuition and Fees


Tuition and Fees


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Legacy Tuition (per credit hour for all hours attempted)




Accelerated BSN (per credit hour)




Medical Assisting (per semester) $3,572.00    
Graduate Tuition (per credit hour) $796.00    
Paramedic Program Tuition (2-term and 3-term): $14,136.00    
MercyPLUS (10-Week Quarter) Tuition (per quarter) $2,679.00    
Undergraduate Audit Tuition (per credit hour) $180.50    
Graduate Audit Tuition (per credit hour) $199.00    
Certificate Tuition

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate




Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate $1,600.00    
Critical Care Paramedic Certificate $1,200.00    
Medical Billing and Coding Certificate $950.00    
Community Health Worker Certificate $1,100.00    
Academic Fees

ASN Admissions Assessment Math Examination




ASN Material Fee (charged in terms 1 &2)




BSN Material Fee (charged in terms 1 & 2)  $800.00    
Accelerated BSN Material Fee (charged in term 1, module A & term 2, module A)  $800.00    
Challenge Examination $65.00    
Nursing Program Clinical and Lab Make-Up $150.00    
Allied Health and Liberal Arts and Sciences Clinical and Lab Make-Up $50.00    

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Fee (each term)




Placement Examination $65.00    
Radiologic Technology Material Fee $45.00    
Radiologic Technology AART Exam Preparation Material Fee (charged in term 5) $150.00    
Administrative Fees

Installment Payment Plan Participation




Diploma Replacement




Graduation $110.00    
Payment Late Fee




ID Badge Replacement




Parking Violations $45.00    
Impression Fee for Printing and Copying – Black Ink 5 Cents Per Single Side Page    

Critical Care Paramedic Certificate – Color Ink

15 Cents Per Single Side Page



Plotter Printer Poster $10.00 Per Poster    
Returned Check $30.00    
Transcript $10.00    
Mercy College Training Center Fees

NREMT Full Exam




NREMT Partial Exam




CPR Instructor $150.00    
BLS Provider - Part 1 Initial Course




BLS Provider - Part 2 Skills Lab




PALS – Instructor $150.00    
PALS – Provider $180.00    

PALS – Provider Renewal




PEARS  $75.00    
ACLS – Instructor $150.00    
ACLS – Provider $180.00    
ACLS – Provider Renewal $150.00    
ACLS – Experienced Provider $180.00    
ACLS – Obstetrics $180.00    
Pediatric Heartsaver® First Aid/CPR/AED $75.00    
Heartsaver® First Aid $50.00    
Advanced Stroke Life Support $180.00    
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support $180.00    
EMS Instructor $450.00    
Advanced EKG $150.00    
Basic EKG $75.00    


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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master's degreesbachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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Mercy College is a Catholic, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher learning.