Health & Wellness

Loras, Mercy Team-Up for 3+1 Nursing Program

Mercy College of Health Sciences and Loras College are partnering to offer a new 3+1 program that provides an opportunity for students to earn two degrees in four years; a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from Loras and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through an accelerated pathway from Mercy College.

After completing their third year at Loras College, students who meet admission requirements for Mercy College will begin nursing coursework. Labs will be completed on Loras’ campus and many clinicals will be delivered just blocks away from Loras’ campus at MercyOne Dubuque, an affiliate of Mercy College. Upon successful completion of the nursing coursework, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam).

Loras will begin accepting interested students for the 3+1 program in fall 2023. Mercy College›s first cohort for this BSN program will launch in May 2024.

An information session for those interested will be hosted on Loras College’s campus at 6 PM on September 6, in Keane Hall.

For more information, please contact the respective admission offices: Loras College at or Mercy College at

Loras College and Mercy College of Health Sciences are both members of the Iowa Catholic College Association (ICCA).

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