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RN Programs in Iowa

Anyone who wants to have a career that helps other people out and has a great outlook for the future should consider the idea of registered nursing. Being a nurse is an incredibly rewarding career that can lead to a bright future. Registered nurses are in high demand all around the United States, and they general make good money because of their specialized skill set.

There are different levels of nursing education that an individual can pursue. The lower levels, such as an associate's degree, typically take around 2 years. The higher levels of nursing education to explore can take four years or more to complete. Those programs can easily lead to higher paying jobs in the future.

Becoming an RN by Examination in Iowa

In order to qualify for RN licensure by examination in Iowa, an individual must have:

  • Graduated from an board-approved RN program
  • Had his or her criminal record approved by the board
  • Passed the NCLEX

Individuals applying to become an RN by examination in Iowa must submit:

  • An application to take the Iowa RN Examination, along with the application fee of $143.00 (This includes the money used to conduct the criminal background check).
  • Two fingerprint cards and a signed waiver form
  • Information regarding any criminal offenses committed by the applicant
  • An official nursing transcript submitted directly to the Iowa Board of Nursing
  • The exam application and NCLEX registration expire 90 days after an individual is authorized to test.

    In order to qualify for RN licensure by endorsement in Iowa, an individual must have:

    • Graduated from an approved RN program
    • Had his or her criminal record approved by the board
    • Passed the NCLEX

    Becoming an RN by Endorsement in Iowa

    Individuals applying to become an RN by endorsement in Iowa must submit:

    • An endorsement application and a personal check, money order, or cashier's check for the $169.00 fee
    • 2 fingerprint cards and a Signed Waiver
    • Information about any criminal offenses he or she has committed or any disciplinary action received
    • A written assessment of his or her life at the time of any criminal convictions (if applicable)
    • A Request for Nursing Transcript form sent directly from his or her nursing program
    • Verification that he or she has been previously licensed in another US state

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    The Best RN Schools in Iowa

    By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps Iowa residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Why Online RN Classes?

    Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

    Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in "classroom" discussions and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

    Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

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    Facts About Iowa RN Programs

    1747 nursing students recently graduated from Iowa nursing schools.

    Iowa Board of Nursing
    RiverPoint Business Park
    400 S.W. 8th Street
    Suite B
    Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
    Phone: (515) 281-3255
    Fax: (515) 281-4825

    Iowa Nurses Association

    More about Iowa RN Salaries

    Read facts about the nursing shortage in Iowa and across the US (PDF).

Schools with RN Programs Accepting Students in Iowa

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Other Schools with RN Programs in Iowa

Des Moines Area Community College
800 Porter Avenue
Ankeny, IA 50315
Coe College
1220 1st Ave NE # 1
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Mt Mercy College
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline St.
Creston, IA 50801
Eastern Iowa Community College District
306 West River Drive Davenport
Davenport, IA 52801
Saint Ambrose University
518 W Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
Grand View College
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316
Mercy College - Health Science
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Clarke College
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001
The University of Dubuque
2000 University Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52001
Iowa Lakes Community College
3200 College Drive
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Iowa Central Community College
One Triton Circle
Ft Dodge, IA 50501
University of Iowa
50 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242
Iowa Valley Community College District
3702 South Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158
North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401
Iowa Wesleyan College
601 North Main Street
Mt Pleasant, IA 52641
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Northeast Iowa Community College
10250 Sundown Road
Peosta, IA 52068
Northwest Iowa Community College
603 West Park Street
Sheldon, IA 51201
Briar Cliff College
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
Morningside College
1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
Saint Luke's College
2720 Stone Park Boulevard
Sioux City, IA 51104
Western Iowa Technical Community College
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51102
Allen College
1825 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703
Hawkeye Community College
1501 East Orange Rd.
Waterloo, IA 50704
Southeastern Community College
1500 West Agency Rd.
West Burlington, IA 52655

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