Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
Practical Nursing program courses begin with basic skills such as head to toe assessments and medication administration. Throughout the program you’ll build your nursing foundation by covering health promotions throughout the lifespan and medical-surgical courses. Hands-on, real-life clinicals and simulated clinicals begin in term one.
Upon completion of the Practical Nursing (LPN) coursework, you will be eligible to take the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licensure exam, PN-NCLEX, and begin working as an LPN.
Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Program
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program courses take your Practical Nursing knowledge to the next level. Advanced assessments, skills, and pharmacology help transition to the next scope of practice. You’ll continue to build your knowledge through hands on clinicals, labs, and courses covering medical, surgical, community, mental health, geriatric, pediatric, and maternal child populations. At the end of the program students learn about holistic care for both the patient and nurse and complete capstone.
Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) coursework, you will be eligible to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensure exam, RN-NCLEX.
Hands-On Learning Experiences
Licensure and Certification
Graduates are eligible to take both the LPN and ADN NCLEX exam for nursing.
This program prepares the student for licensure in Iowa. See our State Licensure Google Sheet to identify the states in which Hawkeye's Nursing program requirements fulfill the state guidelines for professional licensure and certification. For additional information see:
First-Time Licensed Practical Nurse Pass Rates *
|Hawkeye PN-NCLEX Passing Percentage
|National Passing Percentage
* First-time pass rates within six months of completing the Practical Nursing coursework at Hawkeye.
First-Time Registered Nurse Pass Rates *
|Hawkeye RN-NCLEX Passing Percentage
|National Passing Percentage
* First-time pass rates within six months of completing the Associate Degree Nursing coursework at Hawkeye.
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Hawkeye Community College Nursing Program is to prepare nurses for entry level professional nursing practice that meets the diverse health care needs of individuals, groups, and communities. Faculty facilitate and guide the education of students in the art and science of nursing to provide quality, ethical, holistic, and culturally competent collaborative care.
The goals of the nursing program at Hawkeye Community College are:
To facilitate student success through an evidence-based curriculum that is student-centered.
To provide a curriculum with dynamic clinical and simulation experiences.
To provide a fair, firm, and consistent educational experience that prepares students for entry level practice.
To prepare students for successful completion of the licensure examination.
To maintain a nursing program that meets Iowa Board of Nursing regulatory standards.
Pledge of the Nursing Program Faculty
The pledge of the Nursing program faculty at Hawkeye Community College is to prepare safe, competent, and confident entry-level professional nursing graduates.
This program is fully approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
Iowa Board of Nursing
400 S.W. 8th Street Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309
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.
Upper Iowa University Nursing Dual Enrollment Accelerated Program
Start your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Upper Iowa before graduating from Hawkeye!
Through this program students complete their Associate Degree in Nursing through Hawkeye while starting their BSN at Upper Iowa University during the summer semesters. Learn more about the Nursing Dual Enrollment Accelerated program at the University of Upper Iowa.