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Associate Degree Nursing

Associate Degree Nursing

The Iowa Lakes Community College Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program prepares graduates as entry-level registered nurses in both hospital and community-based settings.  Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam upon completion of the program. 

What do nurses do?

As a registered nurse (RN), you will have the knowledge and skills to complete assessments, provide necessary care, and evaluate effectiveness of treatments for clients across the lifespan.

Where will I get a job?

In a variety of settings including:  hospitals, clinics, long-term-care facilities, schools, businesses, prisons, community health, hospice, and many more.

How do I apply to the Nursing Program?

  1. Submit the following to Iowa Lakes Community College Admissions Office, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.
    a.  College Application: Please apply online indicating Nursing, full-time, daytime Emmetsburg campus.
    b.  Official high school transcript(s)/GED scores
    c.  Official college transcript(s)
    d.  Official ACT results
  2. Submit nursing program application by mail to the Nursing Program at 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 OR by email to
  3. After submitting applications and transcripts if you would like to meet with an advisor, you may schedule an advising session by calling 800-242-5108, ext. 5337 or 712-852-5337.

Is there an application deadline?

The application deadline is June 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester.

After being accepted to the College, do I need to apply to the Nursing Program?

Yes, see the acceptance requirements.

How do I get accepted and what courses do I need to take?

  1. A student must attain a grade C or higher and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the following college courses.
    a.  Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (BIO-168), 4 credits
    b.  College Chemistry and Lab (CHM-151), 4 credits
    c.  Introductory Biology and Lab (BIO-105), 4 credits
  2. Students must attain a grade C or higher prior to starting the core nursing courses.
    a. Intro to Psychology (PSY-111), 3 credits
  3. Submit ACT Results
    a.  Composite score of 20.
    b.  The composite score will be based on English, reading, mathematics, and science scores. The additional “Writing Test” is not required.
    c.  Students must request ACT to send official results to the Iowa Lakes Admissions Office.  Hand delivered results will not be accepted.
    d.  To register for the ACT exam visit

Once I’m accepted to the program are there other requirements?

  1. Attend a required Nursing Program orientation by invitation.
  2. At orientation, you will establish a criminal background check account.  The criminal background check must be completed and approved prior to determining clinical assignments.  If the student refuses to submit a criminal background check or is not approved, the student will not be able to continue in the nursing program.
  3. At orientation, you will establish a health records account.  Students will be required to submit documentation of a physical exam and up to date immunization record.
  4. A current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card.
  5. Students must have access to a computer.
  6. Students will be required to purchase a uniform and supplies.

What other courses would help prepare me for the nursing program?

The following courses are suggested but not required: Medical Terminology, CNA (, and high school science courses such as biology and chemistry. 

What kinds of classes will I take during the Nursing Program?

  1. Fall and Spring start curriculum

Can LPN’s take ADN courses to become an RN?

For LPN’s wanting to pursue their RN at Iowa Lakes Community College, please apply to the college. Applicants will need to meet with the Director of Nursing Education to discuss a specific plan of study.

What are the benefits to attending this program?

  1. Small class sizes and clinical groups
  2. Wide variety of clinical experiences
  3. Provides an opportunity for students to apply to RN-BSN programs

Who do I contact for more information?

Jane Palmer, RN

Associate in Applied Science

Program Length: 85 Credits

Campus: Emmetsburg
Full-time Day (Fall & Spring start)

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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