Nursing: Associate Degree Nursing
Just the Facts
Program Start Term: Summer Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
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.
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.
Upon the successful completion of the program students will:
- Apply the nursing process in the provision of individualized nursing care for clients across the lifespan with variable health needs for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimal health.
- Identify therapeutic methods of communication with clients and their significant others and effective methods of communication with health care team members to promote, maintain and restore the optimal health of clients across the lifespan with variable health needs.
- Identify the teaching-learning process in meeting the individualized learning needs of clients across the lifespan with variable health needs and their significant others for promotion, maintenance and restoration of optimal health.
- Demonstrate the delivery of nursing care of groups of clients with variable health needs across the life span in a variety of structured health care settings.
- Demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse within the health care environment.
* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.