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The BSN programs offered in Iowa focus on two target groups: aspiring nurses preparing for initial licensure and existing nurses seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree. With a greater emphasis on increasingly well-trained and qualified nurses, there has been a marketplace shift favoring nurses with a bachelor’s degree. BSN graduates thus gain enhanced stature in the registered nursing community.

BSN programs in Iowa typically last four to five years, with an emphasis on research and leadership that complements a candidate’s development of clinical knowledge and skill. Notable Iowa colleges and universities offering BSN programs include Allen College, University of Iowa, and Northwestern College. BSN candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN national examination to gain licensure after their studies.

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Licensed registered nurses who have completed BSN programs can expect substantial remuneration and employment prospects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently more than 32,000 RNs employed in Iowa. The annual median salary in the state is $52,610, but BSN-educated nurses frequently land in the top quartile earning $61,000 and above. There are a wealth of employment options across the state; these are often facilitated by healthcare staffing agencies like MedPro Staffing and Favorite Healthcare Staffing.

Individuals interested in a nursing career can refer to our comprehensive list below of Iowa schools with state-approved BSN programs.

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Cedar Rapids

Coe College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Mount Mercy University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University - Cedar Rapids
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Coe College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2012
Mount Mercy University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.5% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University - Cedar Rapids
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Des Moines

Grand View University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University - Des Moines
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Grand View University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.6% 2009 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mercy College of Health Sciences
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University - Des Moines
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

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Northwestern College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Allen College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Ambrose University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clarke University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Luther College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Morningside College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Briar Cliff University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 69.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Dubuque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Dordt College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Luke's College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
William Penn University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northwestern College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.1% 2010 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Allen College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.9% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Iowa Wesleyan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.7% 2009 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Iowa
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Ambrose University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.7% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clarke University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.3% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Luther College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2009 to 2012
Morningside College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.0% 2009 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Briar Cliff University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 69.7% 2009 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Dubuque
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65.7% 2009 to 2012
Dordt College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Luke's College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
William Penn University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion