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Aspiring nurses in Cedar Rapids have several nursing schools and programs from which to choose. The local nursing profession can be broadly divided into four roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

Nursing assistant is the most junior role. CNAs require only the completion of a brief eight- to ten-week certificate program. Candidates must also pass a state-administered examination to gain licensure. Cedar Rapids is home to 1,360 CNAs who earn a median annual salary of $24,150.

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Licensed practical nurses are senior to nursing assistants. LPN certificate programs typically run from 12 to 18 months in length. Candidates must successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination before they begin practice. Cedar Rapids has a tight-knit community of 460 LPNs who earn about $36,000 per year on average.

Registered nurses comprise the majority of Cedar Rapids’ nursing workforce. Iowa RNs may attain licensure through one of two pathways: a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree. Candidates must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination before they begin practice. Cedar Rapids’ 2,570 RNs earn a median annual salary of $51,940.

Advanced practice registered nurses fill the most senior nursing roles. APRNs must complete an approved master’s degree program in a specialized field like nursing practice, midwifery, or anesthesia. Compensation increases substantially with this specialization. For example, nurse practitioners in Cedar Rapids earn $85,700 per year on average.

Graduates of Cedar Rapids’ accredited nursing programs are prepared to join the workforce rapidly. Local employers include private healthcare facilities, often staffed by agencies like MedPro Healthcare Staffing, and government facilities such as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To assist potential nursing students, we’ve organized below a comprehensive list of nursing schools and programs throughout the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area.

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Cedar Rapids nursing schools by NCLEX score

Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Boulevard SW | Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Coe College
1220 First Avenue NE | Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Purdue University Global - Cedar Rapids
3165 Edgewood Parkway SW | Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Mount Mercy University
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE | Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University - Cedar Rapids
700 Bell Drive SW | Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Kirkwood Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.1% 2009 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.6% 2009 to 2012
Coe College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.6% 2009 to 2012
Purdue University Global - Cedar Rapids Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.0% 2012 to 2012
Mount Mercy University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.5% 2009 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University - Cedar Rapids RN-to-BSN Degree Completion