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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. 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 Iowa Lakes Community College application online at www.iowalakes.edu indicating Nursing.
  2. Complete the Nursing Program admission checklist.
  3. Submit the Nursing Program admission checklist with supporting documents to Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Office, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg, IA
    a.  High School Transcripts
    b.  College Transcript(s)
    c.  ACT and/or Accuplacer Results
  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 GPA of 2.5 or higher in the following college level science courses. In order for courses to be considered the student must have a grade C or higher.
    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) or Microbiology and Lab (BIO-186), 4 credits

  2. 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 visit http://www.actstudent.org

Option #2

  1. A student must attain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the following college level science courses.  In order for courses to be considered the student must have a grade C or higher.
    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) or Microbiology and Lab (BIO-186), 4 credits

  2. Students that do not attain a GPA of 3.0 will have other college science course grades evaluated for acceptance.

  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 visit http://www.actstudent.org

Option #3 (AA, AS, BA or BS Degree Students)

  1. A student must attain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in 12 credits of college level science courses.  In order for courses to be considered the student must have a grade C or higher.

  2. Submit ACT results
    a.    Composite score of 19.
    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 visit http://www.actstudent.org

Acceptance Requirements – LPN to ADN Option: 

  1. A student must meet one of the acceptance requirements for ADN admissions, as stated above. 
  2. Hold an unencumbered Practical Nursing license verified by Nursys. 
  3. Meet all other ADN requirements with a syllabi review of the completed Practical Nursing program. 

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

All program requirements must be completed prior to the first day of nursing core courses.

  1. Accepted Practical or Associate Degree Nursing students are required to attend the Nursing Program orientation.
  2. At orientation, students will establish an account with CastleBranch.com to monitor the following requirements:
    a.    Criminal background check; 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.  Students may be required to disclose their background check results to a clinical facility.
    b.    OSHA/HIPAA training 
    c.    Physical exam and immunization records
    d.    A current American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider CPR course including skills.  You may take American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Online with Skills course at https://iowalakes.augusoft.net)
    e.    Mandatory reporter training
  3. Students must have access to a computer.
  4. Students will be required to purchase a uniform and supplies.
  5. All prerequisite courses may be repeated once to achieve a grade “C” or higher.

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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