North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive
Mason City, Iowa 50401
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ADN Program Details
The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed to prepare men and women for general staff registered nursing positions which involve direct care of patients. NIACC offers two routes of entry into the program. One program is designed for beginning students, and the other is for Licensed Practical Nurses desiring to continue their education to become a registered nurse. The program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, www.nlnac.org). The ADN program articulates with 4-year nursing baccalaureate programs in Iowa allowing graduates to continue their nursing education. The University of Iowa College of Nursing offers an RN-BSN Progression Program on the NIACC campus.
Upon completion of the program, students are awarded an associate degree in applied science and are then prepared to work in a beginning staff nurse position. Graduates are eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam. After passing this exam, the graduate receives registered nurse status.
100% of available NIACC graduates are employed in training-related jobs.
(2010 NIACC Career Graduate Report)
LPN Program Details
Practical Nursing is designed to prepare men and women to work in nursing situations which are relatively stable and unchanging. The PN is trained to assist experienced registered nurses and physicians in more complex and rapidly changing situations.
The PN program can be completed in one summer term and two academic terms. Minimum standards for graduation are an overall grade point average of 2.00 (C) in the prescribed curriculum; a "C" in each nursing course including theory and a satisfactory achievement in clinical performance; and at least a " C - " in required nonnursing courses. Individuals considering enrollment or currently enrolled in the PN program should be aware that prior felony convictions may prohibit eligibility for licensure upon completion of the program.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to write the NCLEX-PN. Passing this exam enables the graduate to work in a beginning Licensed Practical Nurse position under the supervision of qualified personnel. NIACC's Practical Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
A limited number of Licensed Practical Nurses who meet specific criteria are eligible to enter the Associate Degree Nursing program at the sophomore level. See the College Catalog for the ADN Option for Licensed Practical Nurses.