Nursing: Practical Nursing FAQ's
Just the Facts
Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 2 Semesters
Iowa State Board of Nursing
Number of Majors: 203
Average Class Size: 32
Program Capacity: 128
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time Only
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus
Shelby County Center
What are the admissions requirements for this program?
All Iowa Western students are required to submit an Application for Admission, complete placement testing, and submit official copies of high school and college transcripts. In addition to the college admission requirements, the Nursing program also requires students to meet some additional admissions criteria. To view or print the eligibility requirements for this program, visit our Additional Requirements page.
What are Nursing classes like?
Nursing classes are very hands-on. In addition to lecture courses, students spend about 12 hours a week in clinical settings, which allow direct patient contact. Nursing program courses are rigorous. Students should expect to spend most of the day in class or in clinical and allow for about 20 hours per week outside of class to study.
What classes should I take in high school to prepare for this program?
Science classes, such as Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, and Chemistry, are very helpful. In addition to science classes, higher level math, foreign language, and speech courses will also help prepare students for the program. Students are also encouraged to complete the Certified Nurse Aid course to gain valuable experience in a nursing setting.
Are scholarships available?
The Iowa Western Foundation scholarships include scholarships specifically for Nursing students. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information. In addition to scholarships, many employers in the healthcare industry offer loan forgiveness programs for Nurses.
What makes this program unique compared to other Nursing programs?
Although program courses are rigorous, our students have clinical study groups, tutoring support, and support from caring, experienced faculty. As a result, our graduates have a very high NCLEX pass rate and job placement rate.