When the Sisters of Mercy came to Toledo 102 years ago, in the midst of the Spanish Flu pandemic and countless challenges, they recognized the importance of preparing healthcare providers and began the Mercy School of Nursing while simultaneously starting a hospital. At that time, the demand for healthcare workers was as apparent as it is today. Mercy College of Ohio has been meeting this need for over 100 years.
The transition to a college was made in 1993, and Mercy has since expanded to offer healthcare programs at the certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s level in nursing and a wide array of allied health options both on campus and online. Generations of Mercy College graduates are now on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mercy College has offered healthcare programs in the online learning environment for 12 years. “There have been challenges, but we are fortunate that we have experience delivering healthcare education online and the technology in place so when face-to-face classes had to be moved to the online format, we had the platform and people to do it. We have a strong distance education and teaching resources team and seasoned online educators who provided guidance and best practices,” said Dr. Trevor Bates, DHSc, AT, ATC, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “I was proud of who we are and what we do before the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’m even prouder now seeing everyone come together and adapt to working, teaching, and learning remotely. Healthcare higher education has always required rapid change, and that has been especially true this semester,” Dr. Bates adds.
Unlike many new college graduates, Mercy College’s class of 2020 is not likely to have difficulty finding employment. Mercy graduates not only can find jobs easily, but they enter the workforce with higher salaries, with an average annual income above $50,000. Mercy College scored near the top for return on investment (ROI) in a study released by Georgetown University in November 2019. Among 4,500 colleges and universities, Mercy College was ranked in the top 2% for ROI after ten years and the top 5% for ROI after 40 years.