NCC’s Practical Nursing Programs Ranked #11 in the Midwest

Northwest Iowa Community College’s Practical Nursing programs were recently ranked #11 Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) programs in the Midwest according to

According to‘s website, “To come up with the list of best LPN programs in the Midwest, we looked into 660 nursing schools in the region and ranked them based on four important factors – NCLEX-PN pass rates (60%), academic quality (20%), the nursing school’s reputation (10%), and affordability (10%).”

The website went on to point out, “…Northwest Iowa Community College has showcased a strong determination to serve students by providing superior training. Its curriculum equips you with thorough knowledge in geriatric, pediatric, maternity, surgical, mental health, and general management nursing domains. Starting once a year in the fall, you will be eligible for this program if you have a solid math and science background. Financial aid, scholarships, loans, and other means of monetary help is also available to support your tuition cost requirements.”

Kim Karhoff, Director of Nursing Programs, commented, “To have our Practical Nursing Program ranked number eleven in the Midwest is a real honor. Our NCC Nursing Department instructors celebrate each student’s success and this is another great affirmation that our students and program are succeeding!”

The Practical Nursing program at NCC prepares students to provide comprehensive care for clients’ physical and psychosocial needs. Nursing courses provide basic knowledge and skills in the medical-surgical, geriatric, maternity, pediatric, and mental health nursing areas. Courses also focus on care giving, communication, teaching, professional, and managerial roles. Local health facilities provide the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical/preceptor experience.

The Practical Nursing program has two delivery options. Practical Nursing is a two semester program with a fall semester entry. The Practical Nursing – Extended program is three semesters with no summer term and is a spring semester entry. NCC’s Practical Nursing—Extended program was developed to provide a more flexible option for students with other family and work responsibilities.

For many students, they continue their education to earn their Registered Nurse (RN) degree at NCC through the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. After earning a RN degree NCC has many articulation agreements with 4-year regents and private colleges and universities to transfer their credits in order to complete the RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degree.

For a complete listing of the top 15 LPN programs in the Midwest, or to view the methodology of the study visit –

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