Nursing

Program Pathways

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Courses Details

Credits 16.5
Enrollment Full-time, Part-time
Program Start Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Terms 1
Time to Complete 4 months

Prerequisite Courses

  • Composition I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Introduction to Health Professions
  • Nurse Aide

Chemistry prerequisite: In addition to the prerequisite coursework, students must have completed two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry with a minimum "C" grade to be eligible for acceptance in the nursing program. See Admissions Requirements for more information.

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for cost and additional course details.

Next step: Complete Nursing program admission requirements then continue to Term 1 of the Practical Nursing (LPN) diploma or the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Associate of Science (AAS) degree program.

Practical Nursing (LPN) Diploma

Program Details

Award Diploma
Credits 30
Program Start Fall, Spring
Number of Terms 2
Time to Complete 1 year
Course Format Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Nursing – AAS (LPN/RN)
See Program Admission

Suggested Sequence of Study and cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Nursing Clinical I
  • Nursing Clinical II
Term 2
  • Basic Health Alterations A
  • Basic Health Alterations B
  • Foundations of Nursing Skills Lab
  • Issues and Trends in Practical Nursing Leadership
  • Nursing Clinical III
  • Nursing Clinical IV
  • Nutrition

To participate in the Nursing program coursework 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.

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

Next step: Continue to terms 3 and 4 of the Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Science (AAS) degree or graduate and enter the workforce.

Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Associate of Science (AAS) Degree

Program Details

Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 67
Program Start Fall, Spring
Number of Terms 4
Time to Complete 2 years
Course Format Face-to-Face, Hybrid, Online
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Nursing – AAS (LPN/RN)
See Program Admission

Suggested Sequence of Study and cost

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Nursing Clinical I
  • Nursing Clinical II
Term 2
  • Basic Health Alterations A
  • Basic Health Alterations B
  • Foundations of Nursing Skills Lab
  • Issues and Trends in Practical Nursing Leadership
  • Nursing Clinical III
  • Nursing Clinical IV
  • Nutrition
Term 3
  • Advanced Nursing Skills
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Community and Mental Health Nursing
  • Complex Health Alterations
  • Nursing Clinical V
  • Transition to Professional Nursing
Term 4
  • Complex Health Alterations B
  • Complex Maternal Child Health Alterations
  • Holistic Client Care
  • Issues in Nursing Management
  • Microbiology
  • Nursing Clinical Community and Special Populations
  • Nursing Clinical VI

To participate in the Nursing program coursework 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.

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Associate of Science (AAS) degree program. Check out the Health continuing education courses to keep up to date in your profession.

Careers

Positions

Graduates work in hospitals, long term care, skilled facilities, 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
Nursing Assistants $27,000 $31,500 $33,700
Home Health and Personal Care Aides $22,900 $28,500 $31,200
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) $38,800 $45,900 $49,400
Registered Nurses $51,500 $62,600 $68,100

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

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

Business Location
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
MercyOne Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA
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

Program Admission

In order to be considered for the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) or Practical Nursing (LPN) program, students must provide the Admissions office with official documents showing completion of all requirements. These documents must show:

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

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Monitor their 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. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

If you are a graduate of an accredited Practical Nursing program, please see the Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Graduates then skip to Step 5.

Step #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

In order to be eligible for the Nursing program, students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACT ACCUPLACER Next Generation GPA Success Course *
Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra 19 259 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics 2.80 MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
Reading 76 82 19 251 2.80 RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III
Writing 82 Sentence Skills 65 19 253 2.80 ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the ACCUPLACER assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

* Success course credits do not apply towards graduation requirements.

Step #3: Prerequisite Coursework

Students who do not have a Practical Nursing degree must successfully complete the following:

  • All program prerequisite courses with a minimum C- grade with the exception of BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab which require a minimum grade of B-.

  • Two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry with a minimum C- grade.

While Hawkeye Community College is accepting Pass/Fail grades as an institution, due to accreditation, Hawkeye is not accepting College or High School Pass/Fail grades for any admission criteria.

Step #4: TEAS Exam

Nursing program 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: Program Acceptance

Applicants who have completed all admissions requirements in steps 1–4 will be accepted into the next available seat to the program.

If the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available seats, students will be accepted in the following order:

  1. Completion date of all required prerequisite coursework.
  2. Eligibility date — Determined by either:
    • The date the student registered for their final prerequisite course at Hawkeye OR
    • The date the Admissions office received transcripts showing completion of prerequisite courses at another accredited institution.
  3. Grade Point Average — Determined by grades in prerequisite courses.

Accepted Students

Students accepted to the Nursing program must:

  • Complete a nursing program orientation session where they will register for program courses with faculty advisors.
  • Be Healthcare Provided CPR certified.
  • Have a physical exam in Hawkeye Community College format prior to the first day of clinical coursework. Admission to the Nursing program is not based on the physical examination.

Changes are taking place within healthcare facilities nationally. These changes directly affect all health programs at Hawkeye Community College. The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), which accredits healthcare facilities across the country, enforced background screening September 2004 and has set requirements mandating that students in a healthcare field must now complete the same background check as hospital employees. As a Health student of Hawkeye Community College, you will be required to complete a criminal background check which includes fingerprinting that searches the following databases of sex offender, child abuse and dependent adult registry, and Medicare/Medicaid Fraud. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting

Equal Opportunity Statement

Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Program Graduates

Students who have graduated from a Practical Nursing program will need to inform the Admissions office as well as meet the following admission requirements in order to be eligible for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program:

  1. Provide proof via an official transcript of successful completion of an accredited Practical Nursing program.

  2. Complete, with a minimum grade of C-, either two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry or equivalent.

  3. Complete, with a minimum grade of B-, BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab.

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.

Program Contacts

Admissions
Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor
Last Names A – L
Meredith Brood Email Meredith Brood 319-296-4014 ext.1048 Tama Hall 123A
Academic/College Success Advisor
Last Names M – Z
Vic Palmer Email Vic Palmer 319-296-4014 ext.1481 Hawkeye Center 208H
Clinical Coordinator
Lori Hansen Email Lori Hansen 319-296-2329 ext.1365 Tama Hall 107D
Nursing Administrative Chair
Tiffany Meike Email Tiffany Meike 319-296-4026 Tama Hall 110F
Administrative Assistant
319-296-4010 Tama Hall 110
Dean
Troy Moran Email Troy Moran 319-296-4457 Tama Hall 110B

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