Nursing: Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Associate Degree Nursing Admission Requirements

  1. Before your Admission Application will be processed for the Associate Degree Nursing program you must:

    1. be fully accepted into the Practical Nursing program,
    2. have at least one semester completed in Practical Nursing,
    3. have, and maintain, current CPR certification, and
    4. meet basic skill competencies in reading, writing, and math.
  2. To be fully accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program you must:

    1. have graduated from a regionally accredited Practical Nursing program with a program cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher.

    2. hold a current Iowa LPN license or get a current Iowa license before completion of first semester coursework in order to continue in the Associate Degree Nursing program.

    3. have one year of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or higher or equivalent college chemistry course with a grade of "C" or higher.

    4. Successful completion of the following courses or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher:
      • BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
      • BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
      • BIO185 Microbiology with Lab
      • SOC110 Introduction to Sociology
      • SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  3. Applicants with the highest points, as determined by the point system below, will receive priority admission to the program. Applicants must have a minimum of five points.

    Associate Degree Nursing Admission Point System

    Cumulative Practical Nursing GPA 3.50 or higher 4 pts.
    Cumulative Practical Nursing GPA 3.00 - 3.49 3 pts.
    Cumulative Practical Nursing GPA 2.80 - 2.99 1 pt.
    Cumulative Practical Nursing GPA 2.70 - 2.79 0 pts.
    ACT Composite of 22 or higher 1 pt.
    Hawkeye Community College Practical Nursing Graduate 1 pt.
    Master of Arts or Master of Science degree OR 3 pts.
    Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree OR 2 pts.
    Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree OR 1 pt.
    Associate of Applied Arts or Associate of Applied Science degree from appropriate health-related field 1 pt.
    Have not repeated any Practical Nursing courses 1 pt.
    3.50 - 4.00 cumulative GPA from the five general education courses noted in 2d above 3 pts.
    3.00 - 3.49 cumulative GPA from the five general education courses noted in 2d above 2 pts.
    Completion of all five general education courses noted in 2d above without repeating a course 1 pt.

Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission.

  2. Completed applicant files will be processed as follows:

    1. Applicants who do not meet the program's admission requirements will be inactivated and will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.

    2. Applicants enrolled in coursework to complete the admission requirements will be candidates for admission.

    3. Applicants who meet the programs admission requirements will be acceptable for admission and placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Placement on the list is determined by the highest point total earned.

  3. Applicants will be processed for admission for the fall and spring semesters.

  4. Applicants will be required to submit credentials (transcripts and test scores) as required by the program’s admission requirements.

  5. We will accept approximately 40 students each fall and spring semester for the day session. Applicants will be accepted based on the points earned from the Associate Degree Nursing Admission Point System.

  6. Once offered acceptance to begin the Associate Degree Nursing program, if the applicant chooses to decline the acceptance, they will be placed back on the Eligible for Acceptance list in order based on total points awarded from the admission criteria.  This does not guarantee that applicant will be offered acceptance the following semester.

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Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
319-296-4013
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Program Advisor

Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 173
319-296-4457
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