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Emotionally fulfilling and a rewarding career, nursing provides the backbone of the healthcare industry. A nurse makes important decisions, builds relationships, and helps patients recover from illness and injury, all through a unique blend of compassion and scientific knowledge.

Your decision to become a nurse is an important one, so it’s helpful to know your options. There are three education paths to joining the nursing profession: a brief certificate program lasting anywhere from 6-8 weeks to 12-18 months, a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Each program results in a different type of nursing licensure. There are certified nursing assistants (CNAs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered nurses (RNs).

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CNAs are in school for the shortest time and consequently make the lowest wage. In Iowa, CNAs earn an annual mean salary of $25,310. Their responsibilities focus on patient care and include feeding, bathing, and cleaning incontinent patients and helping patients move around. The CNA also serves as an assistant to LPNs and RNs by taking care of certain duties.

LPNs provide the next basic level of care. They are able to give medicine, take vital signs, give shots, start IVs, clean wounds / apply dressings, and administer paperwork. Licensure as an LPN requires completing a 12- to 18-month certificate program at an accredited school and passing the NCLEX-PN national exam. Iowa's LPNs earn an average of $38,220 annually.

RNs have the highest level of education and are expected to do more critical thinking on the job. Their salary is significantly higher than LPNs or CNAs; in Iowa, RNs earn $53,520 per annum. RNs also possess a broader spectrum of future career prospects since they needn't work under the supervision of other nurses.

To kick-start your search for the most appropriate nursing program, we've compiled below a complete list of Iowa's accredited nursing schools.

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Cedar Rapids

Coe College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kirkwood Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mount Mercy University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Purdue University Global - Cedar Rapids
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Upper Iowa University - Cedar Rapids
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Coe College Cedar Rapids
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Purdue University Global - Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Upper Iowa University - Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Des Moines

Des Moines Area Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grand View University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Purdue University Global - Des Moines
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Upper Iowa University - Des Moines
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Grand View University Des Moines
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Purdue University Global - Des Moines Urbandale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Upper Iowa University - Des Moines West Des Moines
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Iowa cities

Allen College
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Briar Cliff University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clarke University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dordt College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Iowa Community College District
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hawkeye Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Indian Hills Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Iowa Central Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Iowa Valley Community College District
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Iowa Western Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Luther College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Morningside College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
North Iowa Area Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northeast Iowa Community College District
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Iowa Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwestern College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southeastern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwestern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Ambrose University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Luke's College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Dubuque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Anesthesia Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Iowa Tech Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
William Penn University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Allen College Waterloo
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Briar Cliff University Sioux City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Clarke University Dubuque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dordt College Sioux Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hawkeye Community College Waterloo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Iowa Valley Community College District Marshalltown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Iowa Wesleyan University Mount Pleasant
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Luther College Decorah
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Morningside College Sioux City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
North Iowa Area Community College Mason City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northeast Iowa Community College District Calmar
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwestern College Orange City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southeastern Community College West Burlington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwestern Community College Creston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Ambrose University Davenport
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Luke's College Sioux City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Dubuque Dubuque
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Iowa Iowa City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Anesthesia Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Upper Iowa University Fayette
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
William Penn University Oskaloosa
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion