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Mercy College of Health Sciences Reviews

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  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Building is badge enter only, when the secretary at the front desk is not there. There is a shuttle that picks students up and takes them to the lab and the hospital. Security also patrols the area.

    Greek Life

    None that I know about.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs to state here. They do a good job of letting you know all the clubs and what activities they do. I know they have MCANS and such.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone serious about a career in the health science field. You have to be self motivate and really want to work hard. I would also recommend it to anyone who wants a BSN as you can do the integrated program if you have enough transfer credits.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This is a catholic college but you are not forced to attend church or pray. There are crosses in every room and at the hospital they do a morning prayer over the loud speaker for the patients. You also have to complete a service project for all degrees. This a 9 hour volunteering project anywhere you chose.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive compared to the community college in the area that offers an ANS degree. Mercy though allows you to do either an ASN or BSN and there is no wait list like at the community college. All the BSN classes are online so you don't have to come to campus once you are done with your ASN.

    What to do for fun

    Once again Mercy is located in downtown Des Moines so there are a lot of events and activities every weekend. Des Moines has marathons, art festivals, food fairs, an event arena for concerts, the Civic Center for musicals and plays, Principal park for I-Cubs games....ect

    Food and Dining

    Mercy is located in downtown Des Moines so there are a lot of restaurants close by. The hospital has very well priced food and there is Mercy Court across the street from the college that also serves well priced food.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms so I don't know. I only know you can live on the Drake campus or at Mercy court. I believe students like the Drake campus better.

    Academic Rigor

    I have a BS in Animal Science already and the nursing classes are much harder. You need to build off of the information you learned in previous semesters and if you didn't do well you will have to work 3xs as hard to pass the current semester. The nursing classes might only be 3 credit hours but in reality there is as much work as if it was a 6 credit hour class.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will most certainly get what you put into the program. Sometimes it is hard to see why they are teaching something a certain way but there is a bigger picture to keep in mind. Ask lots of questions and be involved.

    In three sentences

    The faculty is very helpful and knowledgeable. Clinical sites give a lot of different experiences and the clinical instructors are always willing to try to get you to the area you are interested in. Classes can be a little disorganized and sometimes grades are not promptly given.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Serious students that are ready to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education, but it's a little more expensive than a public school.

    What to do for fun

    There are many professional organizations to participate in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to focus on academics during Mercy's fast-paced programs. Take advantage of the student success center and counseling if needed. It's there to help students!

    In three sentences

    Mercy College of Health Sciences is a hidden gem centrally located in downtown Des Moines, IA. The professors and instructors are top-notch and are there to help students achieve their best. The classes prepare students to encounter real-life situations in the health care field.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore Des Moines

    Food and Dining

    Close to downtown but on campus not much to choose from

    Dorm Life

    Is non existent

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Study Study

    In three sentences

    Educated teachers. Lots of clinical hours. Lots of resources for help.