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Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercy College of Health Sciences is Catholic college with 831 students located in Des Moines, IA.

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Medicine and Allied Health School, Religiously affiliated

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Overview

Overview

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Mercy College of Health Sciences says

If you think you know Mercy College - an institution spanning 110 years of educating healing professionals - we might surprise you.

Our students are among the best and brightest, coming from many different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. They become nurses, physical therapist assistants, sleep technicians, radiologic technologists, surgical technologists, nuclear medicine technologists, medical assistants, diagnostic medical sonographers, paramedics and leaders in health care administration.

Our graduates go everywhere. They embark upon health care careers across the nation and around the world. They also stay right here in Iowa to take care of folks within our own community.

Our faculty and staff are talented and dedicated to offering excellent service, and our alumni are among the best in their field.

To our students this means:

Knowledge that leads to exceptional first-time national exam passage rates Access to cutting-edge technology

To our faculty and staff this means:

Personalized, hands-on instruction Continual improvement and student empowerment

To our College board members this means:

Establishing relationships within the community to move the College forward Strengthening partnerships with Catholic Health Initiatives nationwide

To our community this means:

Prepared health care professionals Greater educational access for a broader population through distance learning

Thank you for reviewing the many opportunities available here at Mercy College. I look forward to seeing you on campus.

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Student Life

Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 831
Gender 15% Male / 85% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 43% Full Time / 57% Part Time
Socio-Economic Diversity 53% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 87%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Activities

Student Publications: Mercy Messenger

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: study skills assistance tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: chaplain/spiritual director career counseling veteran's counselor financial aid counseling employment services for undergraduates personal counseling health services
  • Facilities: science and health care laboratory facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility partial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major dual enrollment of high school students accelerated program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (65%), Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (10%), Health/Health Care Administration/Management (5%), Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant (5%), Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist (4%), Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician (3%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A general, introductory, undifferentiated, or joint program in health services occupations that prepares individuals for either entry into specialized training programs or for a variety of concentrations in the allied health area. Includes instruction in the basic sciences, research and clinical procedures, and aspects of the subject matter related to various health occupations.

A program that prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. Includes instruction in planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, health care resource allocation and policy making, health law and regulations, and applications to specific types of health care services.

Job Opportunities:

Medical and Health Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

A program that prepares individuals for admission to a professional program in medicine, osteopathic medicine, or podiatric medicine.

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Job Opportunities:

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Registered Nurses
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Associates

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to utilize medical ultrasound techniques to gather sonographic data used to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases. Includes instruction in obtaining, reviewing, and integrating patient histories and data; patient instruction and care; anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data recording; sonographic data processing; sonography equipment operation; and professional standards and ethics.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

A program that prepares individuals, under the remote supervision of physicians, to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies in prehospital settings and to supervise Ambulance personnel. Includes instruction in basic, intermediate, and advanced EMT procedures; emergency surgical procedures; medical triage; rescue operations; crisis scene management and personnel supervision; equipment operation and maintenance; patient stabilization, monitoring, and care; drug administration; identification and preliminary diagnosis of diseases and injuries; communication and computer operations; basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, and toxicology; and professional standards and regulations.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

A program that prepares individuals to administer prescribed courses of radiation treatment, manage patients undergoing radiation therapy, and maintain pertinent records. Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, oncologic pathology, radiation biology, radiation oncology procedures and techniques, radiation dosimetry, tumor localization, treatment planning, patient communication and management, data collection, record-keeping, and applicable standards and regulations.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Radiation Therapists
Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
Radiologic Technologists
Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administration of medications and first aid. Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.

Job Opportunities:

Medical Assistants
Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of a physical therapist, to implement physical therapy treatment care plans, train patients, conduct treatment interventions, use equipment, and observe and record patient progress. Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, applied kinesiology, principles and procedures of physical therapy, basic neurology and orthopedics, physical therapy modalities, documentation skills, psychosocial aspects of health care, wound and injury care, electrotherapy, working with orthotics and prostheses, and personal and professional ethics.

Job Opportunities:

Physical Therapist Assistants
Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

A program that prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a physician to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. Includes instruction in human anatomy and physiology, polysomnographic technology, polysomnography scoring, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of sleep, sleep disorders, and medical terminology.

Job Opportunities:

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
All health technologists and technicians not listed separately.

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Job Opportunities:

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Registered Nurses
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians and surgical nurses, to maintain, monitor, and enforce the sterile field and adherence to aseptic technique by preoperative, surgical team, and postoperative personnel. Includes instruction in instrument and equipment sterilization and handling, surgical supplies management, wound exposure and closure, surgical computer and robot operation and monitoring, maintenance of hemostasis, and patient and team scrubbing.

Job Opportunities:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Surgical Technologists
Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

Administration & Faculty

President Barbara Q. Decker
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 44
Student : Faculty Ratio 7 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 20 : 79
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 78.5% accepted of 107 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Deadlines

July

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Regular Decision

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $17,897 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $17,686
$30K-$48K $13,847
$48K-$75K $20,259
$75K-$110K $21,111
$110K+ $22,333

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $15,040, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $15,040 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $5,100
Books $1,430 $1,430
Total (before financial aid) $16,470 $21,570

Students Receiving Aid

82% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 85% $5,024
Federal Scholarships/Grants 53% $3,590
Institutional Grants 29% $2,585
Other Federal Grants 12% $438
Other Loans 12% $11,663
Pell Grants 53% $3,493
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 71% $3,601
Student Loans 85% $6,632

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.mchs.edu/financial-aid1.cfm.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.mchs.edu/tuition-and-fees.cfm.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

36% of students graduated in six years.

50% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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