Associate Degree Nursing General Info
The Associate Degree Nursing completion program is designed for students who have successfully completed the Practical Nursing program at Northwest Iowa Community College, or for the Licensed Practical Nurse eligible to practice who wishes to continue study for an Associate Degree in Nursing (RN). Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) given by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Satisfactory performance on the examination (NCLEX) is required for practice as a Registered Nurse.Students in the ADN program learn current nursing theory through comprehensive class and laboratory sessions and apply this knowledge in a clinical/preceptorship at cooperating healthcare facilities. The one-year curriculum prepares students in medical-surgical, geriatric, obstetrical, pediatric, and psychiatric nursing areas. Graduates may also 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 openings for registered nurses.
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.
Program Requirements: Must meet entrance requirements for admission and pass LPN boards.
- Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Summer Term and Two Semesters
- Summer semester entry
- Excellent people skills
- Genuine desire to care for people
- Communication skills
- Possess math & science background
Requirements for this program
The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the Spring semester.
|ADN650-C||Transition to ADN||3|
|ADN655-C||ADN Nursing IA*||6|
|ADN656-C||ADN Nursing IB||6|
|ADN648-C||Advanced Nursing Concepts I||2|
|ADN657-C||ADN Nursing IIA||6|
|ADN658-C||ADN Nursing IIA||6|
|ADN649-C||Advanced Nursing Concepts II||2|
|SOC110-A||Introduction to Sociology||3|
*Documentation of current licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse and eligibility to practice are required prior to admission to Advanced Nursing Concepts I.
A student who has been out of the practical nursing program for over a year and has not passed the PN NCLEX will not be admitted to the ADN program.
Students who have completed Licensed Practical Nursing program at another college are required to complete the following prior to admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program:
- College Transfer Math and Composition I
Prospective Associate Degree Nursing students must meet specific admission criteria for acceptance. To advance or graduate in the Associate Degree Nursing program you must receive a “C” or above in all coursework.
Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person:
- Who has been denied licensure by the board
- Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction
- 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, starting salary is $18–28/hour.
You will have a combination of Theory, Lab, Clinical, and Preceptor Hours.
NCC is very well structured so students can go on to complete their BSN degree. Our technology is top notch, and you will get clinical experience in a large regional medical center.
Student Story Jennifer Maina
“I feel I have a calling to help people. I want to work with the developmentally delayed population. I knew NCC had a great program with instructors who push you to be prepared to pass your RN exam. I appreciate the friendly and accommodating staff at NCC!”
Associate Degree Nursing student
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