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Associate Degree Nursing

Nursing students practice their craft.

Real Nursing Experience, Real Life.

That’s what you can expect when enrolling in the Nursing Associate Degree program at Iowa Lakes. Whether working in a hospital, prison or school setting, nurses need in-depth training and practical experience to best care for their patients and communicate with other medical professional. Additionally, they need to be able to help their clients understand the care they’re receiving. 

You will gain essential critical thinking, leadership and advanced nursing skills through our Nursing Associate Degree program. Through hands-on training in the classroom and in supervised clinical experiences, you will be prepared you for what to expect in real-life settings. You’ll feel confident entering the workforce with this experience and these skills in your toolkit.

Acquire training in: 

  • Human anatomy
  • Dosage calculations
  • Pharmacology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Behavioral health concepts

Acceptance Requirements and Curriculum

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) equivalent 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

ADN Curriculum

Associate Degree Nursing Program Outcomes

Provider of Care
  1. Utilize the nursing process to provide ethically safe patient care within the scope of practice for the registered nurse.
  2. Deliver appropriate, individualized nursing skills.
Member of the Profession of Nursing
  1. Demonstrate professionalism in the role of the registered nurse within the healthcare system.
  2. Demonstrates critical thinking skills through implementation of Evidence Based Practice.
Manager of Care
  1. Use communication techniques in providing culturally competent care throughout the life span.
  2. Apply knowledge of health promotion and maintenance across the life span.
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