What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Nursing: Advanced Placement Associate Degree

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Spring Only
Program Length: 5 Semesters
Award: A.A.S.
Iowa State Board of Nursing

Number of Majors: 57
Average Class Size: 16
Program Capacity: 16
Part-Time or Full-Time: Part-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 for the NCLEX-RN exam. That typically results in immediate job placement in fields calling for RN skills or many other opportunities in the health care sector.

Career Information

This program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of either the full-time two-year degree. Registered nurses practice nursing skills 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. Upon completion of the first year, graduates are awarded a diploma and are qualified to write the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCLEX-PN) examination for practical nurses. Upon completion of the second year of curriculum, graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and are qualified to write the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) examination for registered nurses.

Salary: Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
Average: $55,916 or $26.89/hour

Entry Level: $19.89/hour
Experienced: $30.38/hour

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