What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Practical Nursing

If your life goal is helping others, nursing may be for you.  Practical nurses are valued for their caring, empathy and compassion.  Practical nurses work with physicians, registered nurses and other health team members with many different groups of people.

Practical nurses take care of the elderly in long-term care, infants and children in specialty units, and young and middle aged adults  in physicians' clinics.

Iowa Western can prepare you for all of these roles and many more.  The program focus is on communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as direct nursing care and takes one calendar year to complete.


Admission to the college is granted to all individuals who are high school graduates or the equivalent; however, some programs may require additional information for acceptance.  We encourage you to review our Getting Started Checklist for specific requirements for admission.


Admission to the program is competitive, taking into account a number of factors.

The process of admissions and information specific to admission to the nursing program can be accessed through IWCC .

Health & Background Requirements:  To comply with clinical site contracts, all students must submit to criminal record checks, child and adult abuse checks, sex offender registry check as well as show proof they are not included in the Medicare/Medicaid exclusion list as well as a Health & Physical form, current CPR, and immunizations.