Nursing, Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Program Description for Nursing

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges provide students with the choice of either the Practical Nursing Diploma program or the Associate Degree Nursing ADN program.

The Practical Nurse program of study is 11 months/ 47 credit hours. Twenty-seven of the total number of credit hours is offered in nursing. The PN cares for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled, under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses.

The ADN program is 22 months/ 73.5 credit hours. Fifty-four of the total number hours are offered in nursing. The RN works to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness.

With just one year of formal preparation in the Practical Nursing program, students are academically qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nursing. After completion of the two-year ADN program, students are academically qualified to take the NCLEX for Registered Nursing.

The clinical component of the course of study is a strength of the programs. There are two clinical days per week, on average, in both programs. This is a combination of direct patient care, care conferences, observational experiences and nursing simulation laboratory experiences.

Award Options for Nursing

  • Associate in Applied Science - ADN

  • Diploma - Practical Nursing

Job Outlook for Nursing

Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average and, because the occupation is very large, 581,500 new jobs will result, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. The graduate will earn approximately $41,600 in Iowa and the surrounding area. Most RNs top salary in this area will be approximately $62,000. (These projections are for RNs that have no higher degrees.)

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Significant Points for Nursing

According to the Department of Labor Statistics, overall job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be very excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting. Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016, and because the occupation is very large, many new jobs will result.

In fact, registered nurses are projected to generate 587,000 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation.

Everyone learns differently, and it's no secret that nursing classes can be challenging. In addition to the academic support areas and peer tutoring opportunities available at each college, the nursing program has adopted the Assessment Technologies Institute's (ATI) program.

ATI can help students identify areas in which they need additional academic help and then offers both online and traditional reading materials, videos, practice assessments and internet sources designed to do just that. Please note there is a charge to nursing students for the ATI program. The cost is $125 per semester once the student formally enters the nursing curriculum.


Factsheet - ADN (PDF),  Factsheet - PN (PDF),  Gainful Employment

Locations: Clinton Community College, Muscatine Community College, Scott Community College

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