We've organized a comprehensive list of Iowa nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Iowa city.

Registered nurses make up the largest healthcare occupation, with an estimated 2.7 million people employed as RNs across the country. They are responsible for independently administering many healthcare activities, and they also supervise nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses in their day-to-day duties. RNs are thus capable of improving their individual competency in discharging their responsibilities, while also playing an important role in nurturing future generations of nurses.

Licensed practical nurses perform basic bedside care for patients and usually operate under the supervision of registered nurses for more complex medical procedures. They can also supervise nursing assistants. They are active players in the nursing profession, helping to nurture future generations of nurses while developing themselves under the guidance of more experienced professionals.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) make up the most junior section of the nursing profession. They perform basic patient care tasks for the elderly, disabled, and infirm under the supervision of more senior nursing practitioners, such as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs). With the rising demand for nurses – an increase of 23% between 2006 and 2016 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – Iowa’s nursing assistant programs are primed to see a substantial increase in enrollment.

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Iowa mints roughly 4,300 new graduates annually across its undergraduate nursing programs, which include numerous certificate, associate's degree, and bachelor’s degree offerings. These graduates join the ranks of Iowa's 35,000 existing nurses. It’s a fair number, but not enough for employment needs. In fact, the May 2011 Iowa Workforce Development survey reported that nursing is one of the state's top ten job vacancy categories.

Embarking on a nursing career is a monumental life decision. It's critical to evaluate all factors when selecting your educational institution, including personal fit, programs offered, and (of course) price.

While it's understandable to be pocket-weary, bear in mind that a nursing education is an excellent investment. In Iowa, the annual mean wage for registered nurses is $53,520. Advanced practice registered nurses can earn anywhere from $85,290 (nurse practitioners) to $161,770 (nurse anesthetists) on an annual basis.

A public college or university is an institution primarily supported by state funds and governed by state-appointed boards and trustees. There are many benefits to attending a public college or university. For example, if you attend a public institution in your home state, you will earn a big break on tuition costs. As a state resident, you'll also have a higher chance of admittance than out-of-state applicants. Public universities and colleges tend to be larger and therefore have more program options than private institutions.

Nursing is a profession for those wanting to make a difference. To make nursing an emotionally fulfilling and financially rewarding career, you'll need a top-quality education. In particular, a degree from a four-year college or university will put you leagues ahead of most registered nurses, enabling you to garner more knowledge, greater responsibilities, and higher pay.