Department: Nursing

Get into a healthcare career at the ground level with the Advanced Nursing Assistant Certificate program. If you are interested in healthcare, want to work closely with patients, and want to get working right away, this might be a great fit for you.

Students in the Advanced Nursing Assistant Certificate program acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to provide basic patient care in nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. After completing the Certified Nurse Aide course, students are eligible to become a Certified Nurse Aide.

The nursing field continues to be one in high demand, and Iowa Western’s Associate Degree Nursing program will prepare you for quick entry into the profession as a registered nurse. The program features clinical study groups and tutoring support, along with faculty support. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, allowing them to write the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) examination for registered nurses.

Iowa Western students begin their nursing education by first enrolling in the Practical Nursing program before moving on to the Associate Degree Nursing program. The program offers real-life experiences and is very much hands-on. There are 12 hours per week of clinical LPN work and 16 hours per week for RN work. That means you’ll be fully prepared for entry-level staff nursing positions.

Students also have great opportunities to transfer to four-year schools to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and job placement is very high. Persons of all ages are encouraged to check into this program.

The Nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, RiverPoint Business Park, 400 SW 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685, (515) 281-3255.

Doctors might be higher profiled in the health care industry, but Practical Nurses play an extremely important role in the care of patients. You can enter this important and exciting profession by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Practical Nursing study program. You will earn a diploma and prepare to write the National Council of State Boards of Nursing examination. You will also have the opportunity to progress and complete the Associate Degree Nursing program to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

In this program, you’ll learn under the close direction and supervision of a registered nurse or physician. The courses will serve as the foundation for Iowa Western’s Associate Degree Nursing program. You’ll receive 12 hours worth of lab work per week and get hands-on experience in rehab facilities, daycare facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

Nurses are in high demand. You can enter the job market immediately after graduating or continue toward a bachelor’s degree to become a registered nurse for even higher-paying positions.

The Nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, RiverPoint Business Park, 400 SW 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685, (515) 281-3255.