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Associate Degree Nursing

Summer hybrid option starting 2018!

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

What are the nursing program accreditations and approvals?

The nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, the State Board of Education, and Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees.  Iowa Lakes Community College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association. 

Nursing students practice their craft.

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.
    b.  Official high school transcript(s)/GED scores
    c.  Official college transcript(s)
    d.  Official ACT results

  2. Please schedule an advising session by calling 800-242-5108, ext. 5212 or 712-852-5212.

  3. The application deadline is June 1st for the fall semester and March 1st for the spring/summer semester.

  4. In compliance with 655 Iowa Administrative Code 2.10(6), students and prospective students are hereby notified that they may not take courses with a clinical or practicum component or both, if they had:
    a. been denied licensure by the board of nursing
    b. their license suspended, surrendered or revoked in any U.S. jurisdiction
    c. their license suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action

A student uses a stethoscope.

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

Option #1

  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 http://www.actstudent.org

Option #2 (Pilot project)

  1. A student must attain a grade C or higher and a GPA of 3.0 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 and Accuplacer results.
    a.     Composite score of 19 on ACT and Accuplacer (college placement exam) results.
    b.    The composite score will be based on ACT results of 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 http://www.actstudent.org

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. https://iowalakes.augusoft.net

  5. Students must have access to a computer.

  6. Students will be required to purchase a uniform and supplies.

A nursing student helps a patient.

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

The following courses are suggested but not required: Medical Terminology, CNA (https://iowalakes.augusoft.net), and high school science courses such as biology and chemistry. 

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

  1. Curriculum

Can LPNs take ADN courses to become an RN?

For LPN’s wanting to pursue their RN at Iowa Lakes Community College eligibility will be based on the admission criteria to enter the Associate Degree Nursing program and proof of an unencumbered LPN license. Students will be able to apply to the program for either fall or spring entry. After evaluation of Practical Nursing program transcripts and syllabi placement will be decided. Most students will be eligible for placement into Nursing Concepts II. The application process, entrance requirements and curriculum are provided in the LPN to ADN flier.

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

Once I have completed my ADN program can I further my education?

Yes, Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Program has articulation agreements with the following schools: Allen College, Briar Cliff University, Chamberlain University, Northwestern College, South Dakota State University, St. Luke’s College, The University of Iowa, Dakota Wesleyan University.

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