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IPEDS ID: 153977
OPE ID: 00627300
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Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 Sixth Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239
General information:  (515) 643-3180
Type:  4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  774 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  8 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Carnegie Classification
Special Focus Institutions--Other health professions schools
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty4467
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$13,900$14,460$15,040$15,6424.0%
Books and supplies$1,400$1,400$1,430$1,4501.4%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$4,800$5,000$5,100$5,2002.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Off Campus$25,000$26,000$26,800$27,5302.7%
Off Campus with Family$20,200$21,000$21,700$22,3302.9%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13094%————
Grant or scholarship aid2784%$178,524$6,612
Federal grants1856%$60,478$3,360
Pell grants1856%$59,158$3,287
Other federal grants(*)6%(*)(*)
State/local government grant or scholarships2166%$73,977$3,523
Institutional grants or scholarships1031%$44,069$4,407
Student loan aid2681%$244,571$9,407
Federal student loans2681%$149,345$5,744
Other student loans928%$95,226$10,581
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number receiving aid and total and average amounts of aid received are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid160072%$3,645,784$6,076
Pell grants32439%$1,092,781$3,373
Federal student loans59772%$4,686,892$7,851
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$17,735$17,897$18,619
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$16,460$17,686$17,604
$30,001 – $48,000$17,057$13,847$17,054
$48,001 – $75,000$19,451$20,259$21,431
$75,001 – $110,000$21,790$21,111$22,751
$110,001 and more$23,165$22,333$24,842
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)774
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment222
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 48%
Part-time: 52%Student Gender:
Male: 12%
Female: 88%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 89%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 48%
25 and over: 50%
Age unknown: 1%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 98%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 25%
Enrolled in some distance education: 40%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 35%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants60357
Percent admitted97%67%98%
Percent admitted who enrolled79%100%79%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
  • Interpret data with caution due to small cohort. Bachelor programs at Mercy College of Health Sciences are either completion programs or require prior coursework. Very small numbers of students are in the category of 1st time, full-time bachelor's students.
  • Interpret data with caution due to small cohort. Bachelor programs at Mercy College of Health Sciences are either completion programs or require prior coursework. Very few students are ever in the category of 1st time, bachelor's students in these programs.
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 15 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 41%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 0%
Female: 46%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
White: 45%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist--8
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician14--
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)2-33
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-0-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-15d-
Medical/Clinical Assistant2-5
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist--3
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide--55
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant10--
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies-11-
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer13--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse15354d-
Surgical Technology/Technologist2-5
Category total196d80d109
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies00-
Category total00-
Grand total19680109
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 35
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $14,040
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission1/1/1999 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs10/1/2000 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant8/4/2008 - 4/28/2010Accredited
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant4/28/2010 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/29/2001 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers4/17/1998 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Programs for the nuclear medicine technologist10/28/2005 - 6/13/2011No Longer Recognized
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft010
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate4.5%7.9%9.8%
Number in default192929
Number in repayment421367294
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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