Associate Degree Nursing


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.

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  • Associate of Applied Science Degree


  • Summer Term and Two Semesters
  • Summer semester entry

Student Profile

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

Program Location

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“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
Sheldon, IA


Requirements for this program

The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the Spring semester.

Course #TitleCredits
ADN650-CTransition to ADN3
BIO184-AMicrobiology Lab1
ADN648-CAdvanced Nursing Concepts I2
ADN700-CADN Nursing IA5
ADN701-CADN Nursing IA: Clinical1
ADN702-CADN Nursing IB5
ADN703-CADN Nursing IB: Clinical1
PSY241-AAbnormal Psychology3
ADN704-CADN Nursing IIA5
ADN705-CADN Nursing IIA: Clinical1
ADN706-CADN Nursing IIB5
ADN707-CADN Nursing IIB: Preceptor2
ADN708-CAdvanced Nursing Concepts II1
SOC110-AIntroduction to Sociology3
Practical Nursing Diploma Credits45
Associate Degree Nursing 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 Transitions 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.

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:
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, the salary range is $29.50 – $44.50/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.

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.

Your Instructors


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Director – Nursing

Nancy Popkes

Nancy Popkes
Instructor – Nursing

Laura De Kruyf
Instructor — Nursing

Angie Shilling
Instructor – Nursing

Rebecca Stofferan

Rebecca Stofferan
Instructor – Nursing

Kelsie Rieck

Kelsie Rieck
Simulation Coordinator

Vicki Schrock

Vicki Schrock
Simulation Coordinator