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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Real Nursing Experience, Real Life.

That’s what you can expect when enrolling in the Practical Nursing 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 Practical Nursing 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

  1. A high school diploma with minimum GPA of 2.0 or GED/HiSet mean score equivalent or college GPA of 2.0 from 7 credits of college level science course work attaining a grade C or higher.

  2. A student must attain a grade of C or higher in Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (BIO-168), 4 credits 

  3. A student must pass a 75 Hour Certified Nursing Assistant (HSC-172) course or proof of working as a CNA.  Documentation must be submitted to the Nursing Program.

  4. Submit ACT or Accuplacer Results
    a.    Composite score of 18 or equivalent (Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer).
    b.    The composite score will be based on English, reading, mathematics, and science scores. The additional ACT “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 To register for Accuplacer contact the Iowa Lakes Community College Success Center.

Practical Nursing Curriculum

Practical 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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