2012 - 2013 Mercy College of Health Sciences Viewbook
Viewbook for the 2012 - 2013
College Viewbook 2012-13 Mercy College of Health Sciences Allied Health | Liberal Arts and Sciences | Nursing discover Degree Programs Clinical Laboratory Science (Certificate) Diagnostic Medical Sonography [Ultrasound] (ASDMS) Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services (Certificate/ASEMS) Health Care Administration Completion (BSHCA) Health Science (BSHS) Medical Assisting (with Limited RT) (Certificate/ASMA) Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) Nursing (ASN) Nursing Completion [RN to BSN] (BSN) Physical Therapist Assistant (ASPTA) Polysomnographic [Sleep] Technology (ASPSGT) Radiologic Technology [X-ray] (ASRT) Surgical Technology (Certificate/ASST) Short-term Certificate Programs (Duration: 6 - 17 weeks) Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport (CCEMT) Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) Medical Billing and Coding (MBC) Nursing Assistant (NA) Mercy College specializes in healthcare education. Our students are among the best and brightest, coming from many different backgrounds, cultures and experiences. They become leaders in healthcare delivery. -- Barbara Q. Decker, JD, President make a difference in lives everyday high demand Get Ready for a Rewarding Career in Healthcare As our nation faces a mounting crisis from the growing shortage of nursing and allied health professionals, Mercy College of Health Sciences can help Iowa Health Sector Employment In 2010, the third largest industry in terms of employment in Iowa was health services totaling 176,400 jobs. Almost 40 percent of all healthcare personnel were employed by hospitals, with the remaining working in nursing homes, physicians offices and other settings. Source: Iowa Workforce Development, Annual Survey of Hospitals (2010) American Hospital Association (AHA) you to gain the knowledge and clinical skills that will quickly lead you towards a meaningful career helping others. Get ready for a rewarding career in healthcare where the demand for healthcare professionals has never been greater. As our population continues to age and advancing technology makes new treatments possible, the need for qualified healthcare workers in Iowa and across the nation continues to intensify. If you are looking for a rewarding career that is high in demand and offers a multitude of exciting opportunities, healthcare may be the right choice for you. The degree and certificate programs at Mercy College will provide the information, skills, and tools you will need to join the dynamic field of healthcare. Likewise, if you are already a healthcare professional seeking to advance your career, Mercy College can help you enhance your skills, opening the door to new opportunities. Discover many opportunities at mchs.edu/career 3 Student Profile Mercy College enrolled 833 students in Fall 2011 with the following profile: Gender Women 87% Men 13% Ethnic Group White, nonhispanic 84% Black or African American 4% Hispanic/Latino 3% Asian 2% Race Ethnicity Unknown 7% Average Age Bachelor degree students 29 Associate degree students 26 Certificate students 25 Percentage of Students by Degree Level Bachelor degree students 22% Associate degree students 69% Certificate students 8% 5 discover What makes Mercy College unique? Hands-On Instruction Mercy College students are provided extensive hands-on instruction from clinically experienced faculty, via unmatched access to healthcare employers that leads to exceptional first-time national exam passage rates for credentialing. All Mercy programs curricula includes two signature courses; Caring in a Diverse Health Care Environment and Critical Thinking in a Diverse World designed to give you the “Mercy edge”. Mercy liberal arts and science courses are developed with a healthcare perspective in mind and meet the curriculum requirements for all professional programs. Clinical relationships afford college leadership insight to the future needs of healthcare employers, and as a result, academic programs can be developed to fill these needs. Service learning opportunities are interwoven within the coursework and include serving a variety of groups including the unsheltered community. Unique emphasis on community health with time spent when possible in healthcare facilities in rural environments as part of the curricula. Campus ministry office supported by diocesan staff working at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Student Center in Des Moines. The most rewarding experience I’ve had at Mercy College was gaining the knowledge I needed to work in the healthcare setting. -- Heather Alexander, ASN ‘10 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. Core Values Knowledge: is that ability to instill in our college community a thirst to continually study, investigate, observe, and experience the world all around for facts and ideas that can improve the health and well-being of humankind and 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 and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us. Integrity: moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty, sincerity, as 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, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality. Outlook for Job Growth 2010-2020 Clinical Laboratory Scientists According to the U.S. Department of Labor, healthcare professionals will enjoy some of the fastest growing job prospects in the U.S. during the next decade. 13% Medical & Health Service Managers 16% Nuclear Medicine Technologists 19% Surgical Technologists 19% Registered Nurses Radiographers Medical Assistants Paramedics 26% 28% 31% 33% Sonographers Physical Therapist Assistants Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition. 44% 45% discover CLS DMS EMS MA NMT PTA PSGT RT ST BSHCA BSHS ASN BSN Are you ready to become a healthcare professional? school of allied health Certificates and Associate of Science Degrees The School of Allied Health offers a variety of certificate and degree programs that provide exciting career opportunities. When you enroll in one of our many programs, you will develop expertise, scientific knowledge, and a professional attitude that will prepare you for a rewarding career. Each program focuses on a specific aspect of healthcare and adheres to standards and guidelines established in collaboration with the appropriate accrediting agency. Certificate programs are based on a foundation of practical skills that can be mastered in one year. Associate of Science degree programs are generally completed in a two-year period and are based upon a foundation of liberal arts and sciences that is essential for an informed and productive career. school of liberal arts & sciences Bachelor of Science Degrees The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers two bachelor of science degree programs based upon a foundation of liberal arts and sciences that is essential for an informed and productive career. The Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree program provides a strong foundation in laboratory science with a specialization in healthcare. A Health Science degree is extremely compatible with many areas of healthcare in high demand. You can explore a number of possible career fields at the same time, in preparation for further graduate study, including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, or clinical laboratory sciences. In addition, the School offers a bachelor of science completion program in Health Care Administration which allows you to continue working while pursuing a bachelor’s degree. This program has been built and designed for people who have completed their associate’s degree and/or hold a healthcare certification. school of nursing Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees The School of Nursing offers two degree programs for students wishing to pursue nursing. Graduates of the Associate of Science in Nursing program who go on to receive a registered nurse (RN) license have a wide variety of employment opportunities after only two years of study. As an RN, you may choose to work in a traditional setting such as a clinic, hospital, or private physician practice. Or you may consider a nontraditional job opportunity, such as an assisted living or long-term care facility nurse, an occupational nurse at an employer’s job site, or as a public health nurse in a government agency or school. Students may also consider the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Integrated Option which assists students without a registered nurse license with many of the necessary liberal arts and science college credits already completed while pursuing the bachelor of science in nursing professional courses during a three-year program of study. Additionally, the School offers an online bachelor of science completion program which allows you to continue working as a registered nurse while pursuing your bachelor’s degree providing the basis for advanced practice and specialization within the profession. Discover many opportunities at mchs.edu/tour 7 8 school of allied health programs at a glance clinical laboratory science A clinical laboratory scientist performs a wide variety of laboratory testing to assist physicians with diagnosis and treatment of their patients. Our Program: Certificate cls Hands-On Learning: 1,305 Hours Student Profile: Bachelor degree holders or students completing a Bachelorâ€™s degree Class Size: Eight Completion Timeline: 47-weeks (12 consecutive months) Program Accreditation: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N River Rd, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018 Phone (773) 714-8880 www.naacls.org Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 71% Starting Salary Range: $18 to $28 Web Link: mchs.edu/cls Prospective students who are interested in the CLS Certificate may want to also consider admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Track Three at Mercy College. diagnostic medical sonography [ultrasound] A sonographer obtains diagnostic images of internal organs and blood flow using sound waves. dms Our Program: Associate of Science Degree Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 100% Hands-On Learning: 1,500 Hours Starting Salary Range: $24 to $26 Class Size: 15 Web Link: mchs.edu/dms Completion Timeline: Sixsemester (23 consecutive months) Concentration Options: General and Cardiovascular Program Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) I come from a transportation background so healthcare is new to me! I wanted to reenter the workforce with a career that I felt had a good future and would be able to provide me with employment into the far future. -- Heather Santone, DMS â€˜11 9 Discover health sciences at mchs.edu/academics paramedic/emergency medical services A paramedic is prepared for patient care, leadership, and administrative roles in the dynamic field of emergency medical services. ems Our Program: Certificate and Associate of Science Degree Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 79% Hands-On Learning: 750 Hours Starting Salary Range: $13 to $17 Class size: 15 Completion Timeline: Two or three semester program (8 -12 consecutive months) Program Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) Web Link: mchs.edu/ems Completion of an EMT-Basic course is an entry requirement to the Paramedic/EMS program and may be fulfilled at Mercy College. medical assisting A medical assistant is a multi-skilled health professional specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. ma Our Program: Certificate and Associate of Science Degree Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 100% Hands-On Learning: 480 Hours Starting Salary Range: $15 to $16 Class Size: 12 Completion Timeline: Threesemester (12 consecutive months) Web Link: mchs.edu/ma Program Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Housing Options Mercy College has relationships with two independent housing facilities: Mercy Court Apartments and Drake West Village. If you are interested in viewing either housing option contact the facility to make an appointment to view the property. Visit mchs.edu/housing for more information. 10 nuclear medicine technology A nuclear medince technologist uses radioactive compounds to image the function of internal organs and to treat various diseases. Our Program: Certificate nmt Hands-On Learning: 1,350 Hours Student Profile: Students with a certification or licensure in a related healthcare field or students with a Bachelorâ€™s degree with a strong science background Class Size: Six Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 100% Starting Salary Range: $24 to $28 Web Link: mchs.edu/nmt Prospective students who are interested in the NMT Certificate may want to also consider admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Track Four at Mercy College. Completion Timeline: 12-months Program Accreditation: Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT) physical therapist assistant A physical therapist assistant uses a variety of equipment and exercise to treat people with conditions limiting their ability to move and perform activities. A PTA works under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. pta Our Program: Associate of Science Degree Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 89% Hands-On Learning: 976 Hours Starting Salary Range: $15 to $18 Class Size: 16 Completion Timeline: Fivesemester (20 consecutive months) Program Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Web Link: mchs.edu/pta 11 polysomnographic [sleep] technology A sleep technologist uses information technology and direct observation to obtain and evaluate diagnostic data for the treatment of sleep disorders. psgt Our Program: Associate of Science Degree Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 100% Hands-On Learning: 600 Hours Starting Salary Range: $17 to $25 Program Structure: Online Completion Timeline: Sixsemester (24 consecutive months) Web Link: mchs.edu/psgt Program Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) radiologic technology [x-ray] A radiographer uses sophisticated imaging equipment to obtain images of patient’s internal anatomy for diagnostic purposes. rt Our Program: Associate of Science Degree Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 82% Hands-On Learning: 1,776 Hours Starting Salary Range: $17 to $20 Class Size: 15 Web Link: mchs.edu/rt Completion Timeline: Sixsemester (23 consecutive months) Program Accreditation: Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) Mercy is a great partner. We know the instructors’ level of competence and dedication to making sure they produce a good product. What we’ve seen so far in the Mercy grads we’ve hired has been wonderful. -- President Steve Cassabaum, DPT, 21st Century Rehab 12 Discover health sciences at mchs.edu/academics surgical technology A surgical technologist is educated in surgical applications, technology, and patient care to assist in surgical operations. rt Our Program: Certificate and Associate of Science Degree Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 67% Hands-On Learning: 610 Hours Starting Salary Range: $13 to $15 Class Size: 20 Completion Timeline: Threesemester (12 consecutive months) Web Link: mchs.edu/st Program Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through Accreditation Review Committee in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST) There are so many different career fields to choose from and there is such a wide range of opportunities. -- Sarah Owens, ST Student 13 school of liberal arts & sciences health care administration The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree program will expand your understanding of healthcare delivery systems, complex ethical and legal issues, determine what motivates consumer demands, and advance your healthcare career. Students will become part of a healthcare organization, working closely with professional managers of the program through “practicums”. bshca Our Program: Bachelor of Science Degree Program Structure: Online Student Profile: Students with a certification/licensure holding a minimum 30 credit hours or an associate degree Completion Timeline: Coursework may be completed on a timeline determined by you, in as little as 18-months and up to six years. Web Link: mchs.edu/bshca health science The Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree program will give students tremendous opportunities to explore the dynamic field of healthcare as well as preparation for graduate study in the health sciences. There are four tracks to choose from: first-time college students, associate of science degree holders, and a concentration in clinical laboratory science or nuclear medicine technology. Students will experience hands-on insight into contemporary careers in the health sciences during the second and third year of the program through “practicums”. bshs Our Program: Bachelor of Science Degree Student Profile: First-time college students or associate degree holders Concentration Option: Clinical Laboratory Science (Track Three) Completion Timeline: Coursework may be completed on a timeline determined by you, in as little as 18-months and up to six years. Web Link: mchs.edu/bshs Nuclear Medicine Technology (Track Four) There are no exceptions in this profession … everyone deserves and receives the best of me every day. Some days I get to save lives, and some days patient’s save me. When people ask me why I chose healthcare my short answer is, I followed my heart. -- Angela Hoffman, DMS ’05 14 school of nursing Discover health sciences at mchs.edu/academics nursing A registered nurse (RN) cares for the sick and injured, and promotes wellness. RNs provide a balance of technical skills and human caring. asn Our Program: Associate of Science Degree Initial Credentialing Examination Passage Rate for 2011: 91% Hands-On Learning: 810 Hours Starting Salary Range: $20 to $25 Completion Timeline: Fivesemester (20 consecutive months) Program Accreditation: Iowa Board of Nursing and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) Web Link: mchs.edu/asn Completion of a 150-hour nursing assistant course is an entry requirement to the ASN or BSN Integrated programs and may be fulfilled at Mercy College. Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) students who have completed a previous bachelorâ€™s degree or a majority of the required liberal arts and science credits wishing to enter the Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion degree (BSN) may choose the Integrated Option. The Integrated Option leads ASN students to initial eligibility for the registered nurse licensing examination, while progressing with their coursework towards a BSN. nursing [rn to bsn] The Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion degree online program is a course of study designed for registered nurses. The program prepares you for leadership, community health, research, and education roles. Registered nurses who have a diploma and a current, valid license will receive 39 credit hours towards their nursing BSN. You will have the option to complete your preceptorship on an Indian Reservation as an immersion experience. bsn Our Program: Bachelor of Science Completion Degree Program Structure: Online Student Profile: Students with a registered nurse (RN) licensure Program Accreditation: Iowa Board of Nursing and National Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Web Link: mchs.edu/bsn Completion Timeline: Coursework may be completed on a timeline determined by you, in as little as 18-months and up to six years. Mercy College provided me with a high quality education that prepared me to pass the NCLEX-RN on my initial attempt and secure employment within months of graduation. -- Joy Kerkhoff, RN, ASNâ€™12 15 dedicated Faculty and Staff Mercy College Faculty Mercy College faculty are guided by our core values and committed to creating a caring environment conducive to learning. They are enthusiastic, highly motivated, and skilled healthcare practitioners comfortable with the latest technology and healthcare practices. In addition, our full-time staff of Ph.D. prepared liberal arts and sciences faculty are committed to integrating their subjects into a comprehensive healthcare framework. Our low faculty-to-student ratio assures that you will gain an exceptional level of personalized instruction. You will have easy access to your instructors, each one committed to helping you succeed. Your education at Mercy College will also include hands-on experience and instruction from the medical professionals of Mercy Medical Center and other leading central Iowa healthcare providers and community healthcare agencies. StudentFaculty Ratio Our student-faculty ratio is 7:1. Our professors have significant clinical experience that will provide you with a clearer understanding of the professional practices expected on day one by your new employer. â€œThe individuals they meet in the unsheltered community have taught my students more than I could ever teach them in a classroom setting.â€? -- Joe Moravec, D.Min., Theology Professor Review faculty bios at mchs.edu/directory 16 resources Helping you Achieve your Goals Library Our health science library offers online access to thousands of electronic journals and scholarly resources, as well as software, instructional DVDs, CD-ROMs, videos and print periodicals geared toward our health science curricula. These resources will help to ensure you have access to the latest information necessary to succeed. Advanced Technology The campus features technologicallyadvanced classrooms and lecture halls, a multi-media/electronic library, health science laboratories, professional skills laboratories with Laerdal SimBaby and SimMan Patient Simulators, and student computer classrooms and laboratories. Student Success Center The Student Success Center provides students with opportunities to enhance their education through counseling for academic, personal and emotional support, free peer and non-peer tutoring, testing accommodations for students needing ADA accommodations as well as students who need to make up exams due to illness or injury. Service Learning Opportunities Service learning is a process whereby students learn and develop through active participation in organized service experiences that meet community needs. Service learning provides students opportunities to use their acquired skills and knowledge in real life situations in their communities; this enhances teaching by extending student learning into the community and helps foster a sense of caring for others, as well as giving students real-world experiences in healthcare delivery. Blessing of the Hands As part of Commencement at Mercy College, ceremony candidates for graduation are invited to have their hands blessed with olive oil. For olive-oil, being of its own nature rich, diffusive, and abiding, is fitted to represent the copious outpouring of sacramental grace. Through this action, all present are reminded of the calling of service the graduates will undertake through their chosen careers. Discover resources at mchs.edu/student discover Downtown Des Moines Mercy College is located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, a vibrant Midwestern city nearly a half a million people call home. As the capitol of Did You Know? Des Moines ranked #2 as Best City for Jobs in the Nation. Source Forbes 2012 Des Moines ranked #1 as Best City For Young Professionals. Source: Forbes 2011 Iowa, Des Moines boasts a healthy economy and is home to a number of national and international businesses, including insurance and healthcare. Whether youâ€™re interested in cultural events, history, science, music, sports, attractions, or shopping, students are sure to enjoy the endless opportunities for fun. From sporting events like Iowa Cubs or Iowa Barnstormers and cultural events such as the Des Moines Arts Festival or Civic Center of Des Moines, to the many parks and recreation attractions like the Blank Park Zoo and Gray's Lake and much more. There's always something to see or do in Des Moines. 17 18 financing your education The investment you make in your education now will be an excellent value by the time you graduate. An education at Mercy College assures that your money will go the distance for you while you study here and the years to come. In 2011-12 Mercy College awarded an estimated $12,017,006 through loans, grants, work-study aid and scholarships. Over ninety percent of Mercy College students receive some form of financial aid. Planning Ahead We make the admission process for a health science education as easy and as smooth as possible. 1 Financial Aid Federal financial aid programs are available to qualifying students enrolled in any Mercy College associate or bachelor degree and qualifying certificate programs. State funds are available for degree-seeking students who qualify. Many forms of financial aid are tied directly to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students and their spouses or parents must complete this application to qualify for financial aid. It is recommended that this be submitted on the Internet. Submitting early ensures that you will be considered for all available aid. Our financial aid officers would be happy to visit with you to determine if you qualify. Scholarships Mercy College offers both need-based and merit scholarships. In 2011-12 more than $252,000 in scholarships were awarded. Visit mchs.edu/scholarships for scholarship requirements, deadlines and applications. Tuition Tuition rate for 2012-13 at Mercy College is among Iowa’s most affordable for private colleges: • • • • Full-time tuition (12 credits or more): $7,230/semester Part-time tuition (11 credits or less): $500/credit hour Clinical Laboratory Science Program: $6,250 per year Emergency Medical Services Programs: $12,720 per year Apply - For admission deadlines, application materials, and complete instructions visit our website at mchs.edu/apply Financing Your Education - Fill out the FAFSA online at www.fafsa. ed.gov and designate Mercy College as your school of choice (code: 006273). We recommend that you file the FAFSA as soon as possible after you have completed your federal tax return. Submitting early ensures that you will be considered for all available aid. If eligible for Iowa Tuition Grant Funds the FAFSA must be filed by June 30. 2 After Your Accepted - After you have been admitted to Mercy College, you will receive an Admit Packet with your acceptance letter with various forms to complete the post-admission process. 3 Attend Orientation/Registration Sign up for New Student Orientation and Registration and submit your nonrefundable admissions deposit to reserve your spot! 4 Rates are subject to change. For a complete list of fees, please visit our website at mchs.edu/tuition visit campus The best way to see that Mercy College is the right place to start your career in healthcare is a campus visit. Come visit our campus and let us show you the advantages of a Mercy College education. Tour the College, attend an information session or open house, or meet with an admissions representative. Spend time with us, we’re eager to show you that Mercy College is all about helping you succeed in healthcare. Sign up online at mchs.edu/visit to attend an Admissions Information Session or any Open House throughout the year. Need Details? Call us at (515) 643-6715 or (800) 637-2994, ext. 3-6715 or email us at email@example.com. Need Advice? Our admissions and financial aid staff will be happy to schedule a one-on-one session with you. Call the Admissions Office at (515) 643-6715; we are open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Need Directions? Mercy College is conveniently located at 928 6th Avenue in downtown Des Moines. For directions and parking information visit our website at mchs.edu/maps. Schedule a visit at mchs.edu/admissions 19 quick facts Founded 1899 Affiliation Private, coeducational, Roman Catholic sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives Accreditation Mercy College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA) as well as 12 different program specialized accreditations. President Barbara Q. Decker, JD Enrollment 833 Total (Fall 2011) Schools Three - Allied Health, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Nursing Academic Programs 16 health science programs Top 5 Healthcare Careers in Demand Physical Therapist Assistants, Sonographers, Paramedics, Medical Assistants and Radiographers Source: US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition Student-Faculty Ratio 7:1 Direct Patient Care Experience Students receive hundreds of hours of clinical and field instruction provided at Mercy Medical Center—Des Moines, its affiliates, and a variety of other leading healthcare providers in central Iowa. Libraries Mercy College library resources are located both on the main campus and at Mercy Medical Center—Des Moines. Alumni 5,446 definitions Accreditation - College accreditation is the review of the quality of educational institutions and programs. Accreditation is an important method that students, families, government officials, and the media know that an institution or program provides a quality education and adheres to criteria set by the accrediting agency ensuring the institution meets academic and organizational standards. Clinical - Hands-on learning at off-site healthcare facilities allowing students to work side-by-side with faculty, mentors, peers, and experienced healthcare professionals as they refine their direct patient care skills. Skills Labs - Replicates clinical learning environments on campus. SIM Baby and Man™ - Simulation Technology provides students with simulated patient care clinical experience through robotics. With realistic anatomy and clinical functionality, simulation allows learners to practice their skills in a risk-free environment. Preceptorship - Practical experience for a student that is supervised by a healthcare professional who is recognized as a clinical expert in his/her field. Practicum - Course of study with direct, real world patient contact in the field, while under supervision of a professional. Allied Health – Clinical healthcare professions with direct patient care distinct from nursing. Completion Degree – Further or expanded study in a related study in a particular field that one pursues after earning a specific degree. Degree – An academic rank conferred on students by a college upon completion of a program of study. Certificate - A document attesting a level of achievement in a course of study. Short-term Certificate - Short-term certificate programs at Mercy College are held over the period of 7 to 17 weeks. NCLEX - National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is an examination for the licensing of Registered Nurses. All Registered Nursing candidates must pass this exam before becoming a licensed Registered Nurse. Certifications/Licensures - Most healthcare professionals are required to obtain a licensure or certification which they obtain after they have passed a state or national exam. This ensures the individual has attained the level of competency and met educational requirements necessary to ensure proper practice. Web-Based Courses - Course that uses online teaching/learning strategies 100% of the scheduled class times. There is no face-to-face contact scheduled with students. Web-Assisted Courses - Course that uses online teaching/learning strategies for more than 50% of the scheduled class times. These courses meet face-to-face less than 50% of the scheduled class dates. discover Where can I find information about…? The College website is your number one tool to access helpful information quickly. You will find the following information online using direct links: Campus Maps & Directions Campus building maps, Mercy Medical Center Map and directions to get to campus: mchs.edu/maps Campus Technology Email Access, E-leos, and Technology FAQs: mchs.edu/tsupport Catalog Policies and procedures, programs and course descriptions: mchs.edu/catalog Contact Us Today Main Campus/General Information 928 6th Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239 (800) 637-2994, ext. 3-3180 (515) 643-3180 Fax (515) 643-6698 Website: mchs.edu Admissions and Student Services 921 6th Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1200 (800) 637-2994, ext. 3-6715 (515) 643-6715 Fax (515) 643-6702 Office of Admissions Email: firstname.lastname@example.org direct link: mchs.edu/admissions Office of Financial Aid Email: email@example.com direct link: mchs.edu/fa CHI and Mercy Educational Incentives Incentives available to CHI and Mercy employees: mchs.edu/incentives Course Schedule Current course offerings and room schedule: mchs.edu/schedule Directory Faculty and staff contact information. 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