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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.

How do I get accepted to the Nursing Program?

  1. A high school diploma with minimum GPA of 2.7 for ADN applicants or GED mean score of 550 or HiSet mean score of 14.
  2. A student who does not have the minimum high school GPA, GED or HiSet score may be considered for admission if he/she completes the following courses with a GPA of at least 2.7 for ADN applicants.
  3. a.  Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO-168), 4 credits
    b.  College Chemistry and Lab (CHM-151), 4 credits
    c.  Nutrition (HSC-163 or BIO-151), 3 credits
  4. Submit ACT Results
    a.  Composite score of 20 for ADN applicants.
    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.  ACT exam must be completed within five years of anticipated entry date. 
    e.  To register for exam or obtain information visit
  5. The student is required to contact the nursing program to request a review of the student’s application and transcripts when grades have been completed.  

What kinds of classes do I need to take before entering the Nursing Program?

  1. 75 hour Certified Nurse Aide
  2. College Chemistry, (CHM-151) and Lab (CHM-151B) or equivalent 
  3. Anatomy and Physiology I  (BIO-168) or equivalent
  4. Nutrition (HSC-163 or BIO-151) or equivalent
  5. CNA (
  6. American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR (

Who do I contact for more information?

Jane Palmer, RN

Associate in Applied Science

Program Length: 83 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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