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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

    Additional Resources

Featured Accredited On-Campus RN Schools

RN programs currently available in IA.
Popular Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Associate of Science: Nursing
  • Associate of Applied Science: Medical Assisting
Cedar Rapids - Urbandale - Davenport  More...
Don't wait another day to take the next step forward in your career. Kaplan University can give you the real-world knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your chosen field.
Popular Programs:
  • Medical Assisting A.A.S.
Bellevue
Since its beginnings in 1941, National American University has been a cornerstone of higher education, keeping pace with the ever-changing advancements of technology, while holding onto core values that provide a caring and supportive environment for all students.
Popular Programs:
  • Advanced Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant AAS
  • Medical Assistant with Limited Radiography Technology
  • And more...
Des Moines - Quincy  More...
  Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.  In fields as diverse as Business, Medical, Technical, Trades, Cosmetology, Dental, Legal, Personal Fitness, and Veterinary, as well as many continuing education opportunities, the school has provided the latest training to give students the skills they need.

Featured Accredited Online RN Schools

Popular Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing - Nursing Diploma
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing - Associates to Bachelor
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
Popular Programs:
  • BSN - RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option (CCNE-accredited)
  • BSN - RN-to-BSN Completion (CCNE-accredited)
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.
Popular Programs:
  • LPN/LVN to RN - AS in Nursing (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)
  • LPN/LVN to RN - BS in Nursing - Indiana St. - (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)
Pursue your education online with The College Network and learn how convenient and affordable earning your degree can be.
Popular Programs:
  • BS - Nursing
The ITT Technical Institutes offer programs in some of today's hottest technical areas. With over 100 locations nationwide and several online programs available, the ITT Techs are one of the leading providers of technology education. Each ITT Tech offers convenient class schedules and Career Services are offered to help you find a job.
Popular Programs:
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.
Popular Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Allied Health Institute is a post-secondary vocational school offering a variety of Diploma and Associate Degree programs in the field of Allied Health. By utilizing online learning, students have the flexibility to continue their education from the convenience of their own home. Our virtual classrooms will enable students to attend classes and communicate with instructors and classmates. Students can complete some programs without leaving their current employment or sacrificing family time.
Popular Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
Take your career to new heights with Colorado Tech ! Since 1965, Colorado Technical University has helped thousands of students achieve success in business, management and technology careers. Learn more today.
Popular Programs:
  • RN-BSN Program in Nursing
Study online with California University of Pennsylvania. We offer certificate and bachelor's and master's degree programs in a wide variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.
Popular Programs:
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
Popular Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.
Popular Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing - Nursing Diploma
  • Bachelor of Science Nursing - Associates to Bachelor
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
Popular Programs:
  • BSN - RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option (CCNE-accredited)
  • BSN - RN-to-BSN Completion (CCNE-accredited)
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.
Popular Programs:
  • LPN/LVN to RN - AS in Nursing (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)
  • LPN/LVN to RN - BS in Nursing - Indiana St. - (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)
Pursue your education online with The College Network and learn how convenient and affordable earning your degree can be.
Popular Programs:
  • BS - Nursing
The ITT Technical Institutes offer programs in some of today's hottest technical areas. With over 100 locations nationwide and several online programs available, the ITT Techs are one of the leading providers of technology education. Each ITT Tech offers convenient class schedules and Career Services are offered to help you find a job.
Popular Programs:
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.
Popular Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Allied Health Institute is a post-secondary vocational school offering a variety of Diploma and Associate Degree programs in the field of Allied Health. By utilizing online learning, students have the flexibility to continue their education from the convenience of their own home. Our virtual classrooms will enable students to attend classes and communicate with instructors and classmates. Students can complete some programs without leaving their current employment or sacrificing family time.
Popular Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
Take your career to new heights with Colorado Tech ! Since 1965, Colorado Technical University has helped thousands of students achieve success in business, management and technology careers. Learn more today.
Popular Programs:
  • RN-BSN Program in Nursing
Study online with California University of Pennsylvania. We offer certificate and bachelor's and master's degree programs in a wide variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.
Popular Programs:
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
Popular Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.
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The Best RN Schools in Iowa

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, NurseGroups.com 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 discussion forums 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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Other IA Schools with RN Programs

Allen College
1990 Heath Street
Waterloo, IA
Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA
Clarke College
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA
Coe College
1220 1st Ave NE # 1
Cedar Rapids, IA
Des Moines Area Community College
800 Porter Avenue
Ankeny, IA
Eastern Iowa Community College District
306 West River Drive
Davenport, IA
Graceland University
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA
Grand View University
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Hawkeye Community College
1501 East Orange Rd.
Waterloo, IA
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA
Iowa Central Community College
One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA
Iowa Lakes Community College
3200 College Drive
Emmetsburg, IA
Iowa Valley Community College District
3702 South Center Street
Marshalltown, IA
Iowa Wesleyan College
601 North Main Street
Mt Pleasant, IA
Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd.
Council Bluffs, IA
Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA
Mercy College - Health Science
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Morningside College
1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA
Mt. Mercy College
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive
Mason City, IA
Northeast Iowa Community College
10250 Sundown Road
Peosta, IA
Northwest Iowa Community College
603 West Park Street
Sheldon, IA
Saint Ambrose University
518 W Locust St.
Davenport, IA
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences
2720 Stone Park Boulevard
Sioux City, IA
Southeastern Community College
1500 West Agency Rd.
West Burlington, IA
Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline St.
Creston, IA
The University of Dubuque
2000 University Avenue
Dubuque, IA
University of Iowa
50 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA
Western Iowa Technical Community College
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA