Nursing: Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares students for entry-level practice as registered nurses and provides upward mobility for licensed practical nurses. Students gain clinical practice in local hospitals, public mental health institutions, and community health agencies. Students must complete a Practical Nursing program before starting the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Students receive knowledge and skills in nursing fundamentals, lifespan growth and development, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, and medical-surgical nursing. Students apply classroom and laboratory experience with patients in clinical settings. Students receive experience in the state-of-the-art Van Gerpen Patient Simulator Laboratory using realistic, full-body manikins and high-fidelity simulators to replicate a range of clinical situations in a controlled environment.

Students must complete the Practical Nursing program before starting the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to take the national and state/regional examinations for licensure, which is required to practice as a Registered Nurse in any state. Please keep in mind, a social security number is required in order to take exams and apply for licensure.


This program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and the Commission on Institutes of the North Central Association.

Transfer Information

Hawkeye Community College is a member of the Iowa Articulation Plan, which creates a career path for Associate Degree Nursing to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minimum of time and redundancy. For more information, contact a program advisor.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Program Advisor

Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 173
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