What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Nursing: Associate Degree Nursing

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Summer Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.
Iowa State Board of Nursing

Number of Majors: 111
Average Class Size: 25
Program Capacity: 64
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time Only
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus,  Clarinda Center

About the Program

The nursing field continues to be one of high demand, and Iowa Western’s Associate Degree Nursing program will prepare you for quick entry into the profession as a registered nurse. The program features clinical study groups and tutoring support, along with faculty support. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, allowing them to write the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) examination for registered nurses.

Iowa Western students begin their nursing education by first enrolling in the Practical Nursing program before moving on to the Associate Degree Nursing program. The program offers real-life experiences and is very much hands-on. There are 12 hours per week of clinical LPN work and 16 hours per week for RN work. That means you’ll be fully prepared for entry-level staff nursing positions.

Students also have great opportunities to transfer to four-year schools to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and job placement is very high. Persons of all ages are encouraged to check into this program.

Career Information

This program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the two-year degree. Registered nurses practice nursing skills in hospitals and clinics, schools, clients' homes, workplaces, long-term care facilities, and many non-traditional settings. They practice independently, in conjunction with other nurses, with physicians, and as health team members. Nursing care is provided to acutely and chronically ill patients and their families and involves health education and health promotion for clients of all ages. Registered nurses may supervise other personnel, including licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. Upon completion of the first year, graduates are awarded a diploma and are qualified to write the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCLEX-PN) examination for practical nurses. Upon completion of the second year of curriculum, graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and are qualified to write the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) examination for registered nurses.

Salary: Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
Average: $55,916 or $26.89/hour

Entry Level: $19.89/hour
Experienced: $30.38/hour

* Salary information from www.ihaveaplaniowa.org as reported by the US Dept of Labor www.bls.gov.