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ADN programs focus on allowing participating candidates to attain initial registered nurse (RN) licensure. Registered nurses form the bulk of the country’s nursing profession and hold a variety of responsibilities. These include administering healthcare activities directly and supervising more junior nurses like nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses. RNs are the backbone of the healthcare structure in the US.

Most ADN programs in Iowa place a strong emphasis on clinical knowledge and skills, and they typically take two years to complete. Notable colleges and universities with ADN programs include Kaplan University and Iowa Western Community College. Individuals with packed schedules or work commitments need not be deterred, since most colleges and universities offer flexible class schedules and even the opportunity for evening learning. After completing the program, candidates must pass the national examination, the NCLEX-RN, to gain licensure.

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Employment and compensation prospects for Iowa’s registered nurses are very attractive. Based on statistics compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently more than 32,000 employed registered nurses in the state, with an annual median salary of $52,610 that can rise as high as $63,820 in large cities like Des Moines. Employers of registered nurses range from private healthcare centers to government agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

For more information, interested individuals should refer to the following list of Iowa schools that offer state-approved ADN programs.

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Cedar Rapids

Purdue University Global - Cedar Rapids
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Kirkwood Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Purdue University Global - Cedar Rapids
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.0% 2012 to 2012
Kirkwood Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.6% 2009 to 2012

Des Moines

Des Moines Area Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Des Moines Area Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.3% 2009 to 2012
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2009 to 2012

Other Iowa cities

North Iowa Area Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
St. Luke's College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Iowa Valley Community College District
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Southwestern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northeast Iowa Community College District
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northwest Iowa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Iowa Central Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Southeastern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Eastern Iowa Community College District
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Iowa Western Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Western Iowa Tech Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Hawkeye Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Indian Hills Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
North Iowa Area Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.8% 2009 to 2012
St. Luke's College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.0% 2009 to 2012
Iowa Valley Community College District
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.6% 2009 to 2012
Southwestern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2009 to 2012
Northeast Iowa Community College District
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2009 to 2012
Northwest Iowa Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2009 to 2012
Iowa Central Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.3% 2009 to 2012
Southeastern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.9% 2009 to 2012
Iowa Lakes Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.2% 2009 to 2012
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2009 to 2012
Iowa Western Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2009 to 2012
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.3% 2009 to 2012
Hawkeye Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2009 to 2012
Indian Hills Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.8% 2009 to 2012