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Mercy College of Health Sciences

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About Mercy College of Health Sciences

Our Vision
To be a national leader for excellence in the delivery and innovation of health sciences education.

Our Mission
Mercy College of Health Sciences prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community by integrating its core values with a professional and liberal arts and sciences education.

Our Values

Mercy College of Health Sciences is a Catholic institution of higher education, rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, guided by our core values of knowledge, reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence.

  • Knowledge – The ability to instill in our college community a thirst to continually study, observe, and investigate the world for facts and ideas that can improve the health and well-being of humankind, as well as create a love for learning.
  • Reverence – Profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another, and to God, as well as acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.
  • Integrity – Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as the basis of trustworthiness
  • Compassion – Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joy, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.
  • Excellence – Outstanding achievement, merit and virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve and maintain quality.

Campus information

Student Organizations
The primary focus of student organizations at Mercy College is to give you a broader understanding of your chosen profession. State and national organizations exist in most health care professions. Your program chair will have more information about the role that College students can have in the organization. Some Mercy College academic programs send student representatives to state and national conventions for their field of study.

Student Resources
There are many things that make a health science education unique. We have the services and resources you’ll need to make your time here productive, engaging and rewarding. From getting the right uniform for clinical rotations, to understanding where to park and when to wear your security badge, these resources should get you started.

It’s never too early or late to get involved either. Student Senate elections are held in the fall each year and they meet throughout the year to plan activities for student enrichment. In addition, there are a number of professional student organizations and three honor societies affiliated with Mercy College.

Campus Services
There are a number of College staff members ready to help you during your time at Mercy College.

Staff members are available to assist in answering questions about your physical and mental health, provide spiritual guidance on your health science journey, address your academic and technological questions and help you to figure out your financial obligations.

We understand the stress that can overcome you in preparation for an important exam, that’s why we offer a number of free, on-campus academic workshops, tutoring and counseling to help you to succeed. If the stress is more complicated, we can also help you to work through the issues that may be hindering your success or refer you on to other professionals in the community.

The Mercy College of Health Sciences campus is located in Des Moines, just off Interstate 235 in central Iowa. Our campus includes fully equipped classrooms and lecture halls, skills laboratories, student computer laboratories and student lounges, as well as faculty and administrative offices.



Mercy College of Health Sciences has relationships with two independent housing facilities: Mercy Court Apartments and Drake West Village.

If you are interested in viewing either housing option, you will need to make an appointment to view these properties with their staff. Note: Appointments may not necessarily coincide with your visit to the College.

Mercy Court Apartments

(Owned by Mercy Medical Center)
921 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Contact: Susan Spoerry - (515) 643-5900


  • Across from the Mercy College campus
  • Around-the-clock security staff
  • Rent includes utilities except phone/cable
  • Rooms wired for phone/cable
  • Outdoor pool
  • Guest room – $50/night

Mercy Court dorm rooms are leased by semester. Students pay per semester upon move-in.

  • Dorm, 4th floor, single – $2,500 per semester
  • Dorm, 4th floor, double – $1,700/occupant per semester

* The deposit on a three-semester lease is $250. We recommend that you place your deposits early as space is very limited.

Drake West Village

Mercy College students now have permission to rent college student apartments at Drake West Village, 1351 31st Street, Des Moines, IA 50311, across from the Drake University campus. The complex opened in fall 2008 to originally accommodate Drake University students, but quickly received inquiries from students attending Des Moines University. 


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