Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines

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    New poster hear and excited to be joining! Is anyone going (or has anyone gone) to Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA?

    I am starting this fall and wanted to see if anyone had tips? Professors to stay away from? Or just hear experiences with the school / get to know some people.

    I went to Wooster for a year and Grinnell College, but decided it wasn't for me so I do have two years college experience. This will be my first time living in Des Moines though.

    I will be starting with the CNA course this fall, along with liberal arts courses, then nursing in the spring (Bachelor's Integrated Program).

    Thanks!
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    If you Move/Repost this in the Iowa Nursing Programs forum, listed under the "Region" tab, you might get some responses from people who know/care.
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    Thanks!
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    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT GO TO MERCY!!!! That school is the biggest joke in Des Moines. Not to mention it is $6700 a semester, their passing board rates are horrible and their retention rate is less than 50 percent. This means that less than half of the students who begin the nursing program with them actually finish. I am speaking from experience because I went to that school while working at Mercy Hospital. I wish I would have chose a different route and if I can help anyone else not make the same mistake I did, I will. Take my advice and get on DMACC's waiting list. It is alot cheaper, a better education, and alot higher passing board rates.
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    Quote from j1l4d
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT GO TO MERCY!!!! That school is the biggest joke in Des Moines. Not to mention it is $6700 a semester, their passing board rates are horrible and their retention rate is less than 50 percent. This means that less than half of the students who begin the nursing program with them actually finish. I am speaking from experience because I went to that school while working at Mercy Hospital. I wish I would have chose a different route and if I can help anyone else not make the same mistake I did, I will. Take my advice and get on DMACC's waiting list. It is alot cheaper, a better education, and alot higher passing board rates.
    Well, thank you for your thoughts. You are a bit late though, seeing as I start at the beginning of the month. Tuition is not a problem at all. I have been going to Grinnell College the past two years (over $35,000 after tax). I hope I have better luck than you did. I know a few people that went there and loved it, so we will see which way it goes for me. I am done with changing schools (this is #3 in three years).

    Thank you for sharing, though.
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    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo - LOL

    Well, I hope you dont have the same experience that most people have had in the past. If you have any questions about teachers and assignments, let me know. There is going to be alot of hoops to jump through but just do it and remember that you will be done before you know it. Good luck with everything!
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    I don't know anything about Mercy College, but I do think it's a good idea that you are working as a CNA so that you have the opportunity to experience the health care environment. My suggestion is that if you plan on working as a nurse in the hospital, then be a CNA there. It has always been my firm belief that a good nurse will do CNA work as his/her day allows and not just sit back and eat Bon Bons (if they have an occasional slow day) while his/her CNA runs ragged!
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    my wife and i (both lpn right now) are considering relocating to des moines within the near future. we just received out lvn license (or lpn) in texas, but intend to pursue rn asap, so our questions:

    1. what is the job market for rn/lpn like? is it hard to find a job with a new rn license?
    2. what opportunities are there for lpn to continue to rn (like an lpn-rn bridge program)?
    3. are there waiting lists for entrance to these programs?
    4. what is the typical starting salary for rns in des moines?
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    Honestly, I know alot of nursing graduuates who graduated last year and have still not found a job. Nurses in Iowa are the lowest paid in any state in the country. When I graduate, I plan on moving ASAP. The typical starting salary for a floor nurse here is about $20.50 but ranges higher or lower depending on what area you are in. Des Moines Community College has the best nursing education and highest passing board rate but they currently have a two year waiting list. DO NOT go to Mercy College, they are a joke and nothing more than a money scam. They do not have a waiting list and it is obvious why they dont. I hope that helps ...


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