What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Nursing: Advanced Placement Associate Degree

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Spring Only
Program Length: 3 Semesters
Award: A.A.S.
Approval by: Iowa State Board of Nursing

Number of Majors: 57
Average Class Size: 16
Program Capacity: 16
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time Only
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

The job market may be tight during difficult economic times, but the need for Registered Nurses has never been greater. If you are a practicing Licensed Practical Nurse looking to complete your associate’s degree, the Advanced Placement Associate Degree Nursing program is for you.

This program is designed to provide Licensed Practical Nurses with the education and skills needed to become a registered nurse in two years, while completing courses on a part-time basis and continuing to work as a Practical Nurse.

Upon the successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam for registered nurse licensure. 

Career Information

Registered nurses practice in hospitals and clinics, schools, clients' homes, workplaces, long-term care facilities, and many non-traditional settings. They practice independently in conjunction with other nurses, with physicians, and as health team members. Nursing care is provided to acutely and chronically ill patients and their families and involves health education and health promotion for clients of all ages. Registered nurses may supervise other personnel, including licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants. 

Salary: Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
Average: $59,000/year

Entry Level: $21.25/hour
Experienced: $32.35/hour

* Salary information from www.ihaveaplaniowa.org as reported by the US Dept of Labor www.bls.gov.