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Associate Degree Nursing

Courses

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Nursing and Skills Lab
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • PN Issues and Trends
  • Lifespan and Health Promotion and Mental Well-Being
  • Transition to Professional Nursing
  • Advanced Nursing Skills
  • Physical Assessment
  • Complex Concepts Modules A, B, and C
  • Nursing Care of Special Populations
  • Professional Roles in Nursing Practice
  • Passage to Professional Practice
  • Clinicals: Nursing and Medical-Surgical

You will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 84
Program Start: Fall, Spring

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost

Careers

Positions

Graduates work in hospitals, physician's clinics, and specialty clinics and departments such as pediatrics, intensive care, surgical, psychiatric, obstetrics, and cardiology. 

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses $33,500 $39,700 $42,900
Registered Nurses $42,200 $55,000 $61,500

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Gainful Employment: Practical Nursing (LPN)

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
UnityPoint Health—Allen Hospital Waterloo, IA
Universal Pediatrics Cedar Rapids, IA
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA
Waverly Health Center Waverly, IA
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA

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Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for the Nursing program, students must provide the Admissions office with the appropriate documentation showing completion of all requirements. Appropriate documentation consists of:

  • Updated assessment scores. -AND/OR-
  • A transcript or program evaluation/degree audit showing successful completion of course requirements (i.e. developmental coursework).

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Monitor his/her progress towards meeting admissions requirements,
  • Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met, and
  • Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the requirements.

STEP #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Nursing program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

If you are a graduate of an accredited Practical Nursing program, please skip steps 2, 3, and 4 and see the Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Graduates.

STEP #2: Placement through appropriate assessment scores or completion of success courses

In order to be eligible for the Nursing program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or complete required success courses. Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the AAS degree.

Students must meet the minimum assessment score of the ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS assessment or have completed the required success course in each math, English, and reading.

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS Success Course
Math 19 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
English 19 82 Sentence Skills -OR-
06 Essay
65 ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
Reading 19 76 82 RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III

STEP #3: Prerequisite Coursework

All students must successfully complete the program prerequisite courses, including two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry with a grade of C or higher. See the suggested sequence of study for a list of prerequisite courses and required minimum grades.

STEP #4: TEAS Exam

All Hawkeye Community College nursing applicants must successfully pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam with a composite score of 64% or higher. This exam must be taken at Hawkeye Community College and students will have a maximum of five attempts at the exam.

STEP #5: Eligible for Acceptance

Applicants who meet the program admission requirements for entrance into the nursing program will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Placement on the list is determined by the GPA attained from the prerequisite courses, with the highest GPA being at the top. If more than one applicant shares the same GPA, the second criteria used will be a file completion date, which is the date the applicant registered for their last prerequisite course or provided documentation of all required courses being met from another accredited institution.

STEP #6: Acceptance to program or additional semester of general education

Eligible applicants are reviewed each October for spring acceptance and March for fall acceptance. Applicants will be notified of program acceptance after those initial review periods.

Accepted students will complete a nursing program orientation session where they will register for program courses.

Some students may prefer to delay acceptance to the program and continue taking additional general education courses prior to their program start date. See the courses marked as General education courses ◆ on the suggested sequence of study.

Accepted students must be Healthcare Provider CPR certified and have a physical exam on Hawkeye Community College format prior to the first day of clinical course work.

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Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Program Graduates

Past Hawkeye graduates of the Practical Nursing program or Practical Nursing graduates from another accredited college will need to meet the following admission requirements in order to be eligible for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program:

  1. Successful completion of an accredit Practical Nursing program.

  2. Complete two semesters of high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher.

  3. Complete BIO-168 and BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II or the equivalent with a grade of “B” or higher.

Applicants who meet all three of the above criteria will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list

Placement on the list is determined by the GPA attained from BIO-168 and BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II.  If applicants share the same GPA, the second criteria used will be a file completion date, which is the date the applicant registered for their last prerequisite course (BIO-168, BIO-173, or CHM-122) or provided documentation of these courses being met from another accredited institution.

Contact Us

Student Success Specialist Vic Palmer Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1481 Grundy Hall 140
Pre-Health Student Success Specialist Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 285
Pre-Health Advisor Heidi Hudson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1079 Hawkeye Center 208
Program Chair Shawn Buhrow Email me 319-296-4026 Grundy Hall 173
Administrative Assistant Linda Butler Email me 319-296-4013 Grundy Hall 135
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email me 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135
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