Health Degree Students


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Two degrees in 4 years

Take the first step toward your nursing career today.

  • Earn your BSN and a BA or BS degree in four years.
  • Get real-world experiences starting your first year.
  • Respected, expert faculty dedicated to your success.
  • Unmatched tuition value among Midwest private colleges.

Mercy College of Health Sciences and Loras College have partnered to offer a 3+1 program that allows students to earn two degrees in four years.

You will earn a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from Loras College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through an accelerated pathway from Mercy College of Health Sciences without leaving the Dubuque area in only four years.

How Does it Work?

Students participating in the 3+1 program take coursework for their BA or BS degree in the first three years of the program, which includes the prerequisite courses needed to qualify for admission to the BSN program.

Students apply for admission to Mercy College’s accelerated BSN program in the third year. If accepted, begin the nursing program at Loras in the summer following the third year of undergraduate 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 requirements, you are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam).

Top-Tier Academics

More than fifty majors, accelerated dual degrees, pre-professional programs, and cutting-edge graduate programs deliver academic excellence inside and outside the classroom—supporting your goals, growth, and learning needs.

Over the last four years, 87 percent of undergraduate students have completed their degree in four years or less.


At Loras, you can pursue what drives you, positively impact the world, and become the best version of yourself.

Explore various academic paths early in your college career, allowing you time to choose a major and graduate in four years confidently.

winning Credentials

Loras provides the facilities, coaching, and winning reputation to push student-athletes to their potential. With 23 sports, we have a long-standing history of athletic success.

A Kind Community

We know it sounds cliché, but this place is filled with doers. Students get involved in academic clubs, student government, spiritual life, service projects, and more.

Loras has one goal—to help you achieve yours and set you on a lifelong path of growth and fulfillment.

Iowa’s First College

Dubuque is the home of Loras College. Located on the western shore of the Mississippi River, the friendly city of Dubuque boasts adventures of all kinds.

Take in river views on a hike, see live music downtown, or enjoy locally made goods and fresh produce at an outdoor market. We hope you’ll take some time to see the sights while you’re in town for a campus visit.

Delivering More For Your College Investment

We are committed to helping our students make their degrees affordable.


of Loras students receive financial aid. We strive to meet as much of a student’s financial need as we can by offering the very best financial aid package from the outset.

Athletic training students active learning in the lab

“I like learning about the body and how it works.”

Danny (’26) Yorkville, IL