Associate Degree Nursing – Extended

Associate Degree Nursing

Associate Degree Nursing - extended General Info

The Extended Associate Degree Nursing completion program is designed for students who have successfully completed the Practical Nursing program at NCC, or for the Licensed Practical Nurse eligible to practice who wishes to continue study for an Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and desires to take a slower pace due to work or family obligations. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) given by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. To become a Registered Nurse, you must pass the RN NCLEX exam.

Students in the ADN program attain current nursing theory, knowledge, skills and professional attitudes through comprehensive class and laboratory sessions and then apply what they have learned in a clinical/preceptor experience at area healthcare facilities. The curriculum prepares students in medical-surgical, geriatric, obstetric, pediatric, and psychiatric nursing areas. The NCC Nursing Simulation lab provides additional clinical learning experiences.

Graduates may transfer credits to four year programs to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Attractive employment opportunities for nurses are available in all areas of the country. Current and future shortages of nursing personnel have and will create numerous professional opportunities for registered nurses.

A health assessment, current immunization records, child and dependent adult abuse, criminal background check, and the CPR for healthcare providers course is required before you can begin clinical practice.

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  • Associate of Applied Science Degree


  • 1 Summer Term and 5 Semesters
  • Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Excellent people skills
  • Genuine desire to care for people
  • Communication skills
  • Possess math & science background

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“I was also a medic in the army before coming to NCC, and I have older siblings in the nursing field so I gravitated towards the career. I like helping people. Everyone at NCC has been friendly and helpful!”

Associate Degree Nursing student
Hull, IA


Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
ADN650-CTransition to ADN3
ADN700-CADN Nursing IA*5
ADN701-CADN Nursing IA: Clinical1
PSY241-AAbnormal Psychology3
BIO184-AMicrobiology Lab1
ADN648-CAdvanced Nursing Concepts I2
ADN702-CADN Nursing IB5
ADN703-CADN Nursing IB: Clinical1
ADN704-CADN Nursing IIA5
ADN705-CADN Nursing IIA: Clinical1
SOC110-AIntroduction to Sociology3
ADN706-CADN Nursing IIB5
ADN707-CADN Nursing IIB: Preceptor2
ADN708-CAdvanced Nursing Concepts II1
Practical Nursing-Extended Diploma Credits45
Associate Degree Nursing-Extended Credits41
Total Credits86

Continuing NCC PN/EPN Applicants
• Documentation of current licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse and eligibility to practice are required prior to admission to ADN Nursing IA and ADN Nursing IA: Clinical.

NCC PN/EPN Graduate Applicants
• Students who have been out of the practical nursing program for one year or more, must provide an unencumbered current licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse prior to admission to Transition to ADN.

Transfer Applicants
• Students who have completed a Licensed Practical Nursing Program at another college are required to provide documentation of completed program.
• Documentation of an unencumbered current licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse is required prior to admission to Transition to ADN.
• Students must complete composition I and college transfer math.

To advance or graduate in the Associate Degree Nursing—Extended program you must receive a “C” or above in all coursework.

Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person:
a. Who has been denied licensure by the board
b. Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in an United States jurisdiction
c. Whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Working in clinics, as a traveling nurse, in Home Health, in industrial nursing, in nursing homes, and in hospitals. Associate Degree Nursing graduates have exceptional pass rates for the NCLEX-RN exam. The typical job placement rate for NCC nursing students is 100%!

If you stay in northwest Iowa, salary range is $29.50–$44.50/hour.

You will have a combination of Theory, Lab, Clinical, and Preceptor Hours.

This alternative delivery allows you to complete the ADN program while having only 1–2 days of class per week along with clinical and preceptorship.

Northwest Iowa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Nursing Programs (PN, Extended PN, ADN, Extended ADN) are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

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